Thank you for your interest. Some of the following details may change as St. Scholastica's Physician Assistant program takes shape under a new program director.
Note: All prerequisites must have been completed within 10 yearsfrom the year of application. Up to three prerequisite courses maybe in progress or planned at the time of the application. All mustbe completed before entry into the program.
Minimum cumulative and prerequisite GPAs of 3.0 All prerequisites must have a minimum grade of C.
Completion of a minimum of 750 hours of direct patient/client work experience. Typical experiences may include CNA work, personal care attendant through an agency, or other health care professional. The key part of this requirement is that the experience must involve direct, face to face service with the patient/client.
You must be able to demonstrate knowledge of the role and responsibilities of a PA. As part of this requirement you should document at least two shadow experiences with PAs who ideally work in different practice settings.
Letters of recommendation will be expected, yes. Details of how many, and from which sources, will be determined.
Approximately 28 months. It's a two-plus year program. That's a fairly standard time frame for Physician Assistant programs. Typically, the first half of the program is didactic or course work, and the second half is typically the clinical rotations.
To start with, the format will be classroom only, and primarily day school. Our plan so far is for a full-time option; that doesn't mean that a part-time option won't be developed.
The application date has not been set, but acceptance into the program cannot occur prior to spring 2016, which is when we're scheduled to have our provisional accreditation awarded. We cannot accept students into the program until we receive that.
In all likelihood the application process will begin in fall 2015, with the first "pending class," that is, pending provisional accreditation. These students will be eligible to participate in the first class in the summer of 2016.
The application process is through CASPA (Central Application Service for Physician Assistants).
CSS has applied for provisional accreditation from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). We anticipate matriculating our first class in May of 2016, pending provisional accreditation in Spring, 2016 ARC-PA meeting. Provisional accreditation is an accreditation status for a new PA program that has not yet enrolled students, but at the time of its comprehensive accreditation review, has demonstrated its preparedness to initiate program in accordance with the accreditation Standards.
Classes are proposed to be held in Duluth. At this time, space negotiations are in progress. Among the possibilities is the current Woodland School site, which may or may not also house other St. Scholastica graduate health science programs.
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