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PA Program Admissions Procedure

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PA Program Admissions Procedure

CUNY School of Medicine uses a holistic admissions process first described by the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) for both the BS/MD and PA programs.The goal of this selection process is to identify applicants who are most likely to contribute to the CUNY School of Medicine intellectual community and upon graduation, to fulfill our mission to practice primary care within underserved communities.

The Holistic Review

The Physician Assistant Progrm uses a holistic admissions process first described by the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC).  The admissions holistic review takes into consideration the full spectrum of the applicant's qualifications based on all evidence provided in the application, and viewed in the context of the overall strength of the PA Program applicant pool. Holistic admissions review ensures that no single factor leads to acceptance into the program.  The goal of this selection process is to identify applicants who are most likely to contribute to the CUNY School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program's intellectual community and upon graduation, to fulfill our mission to practice primary care within underserved communities.

The factors considered in the holistic admissions process include:

1.The applicant's full record of academic achievement in college, including the number and rigor of courses taken and grades earned in those courses

2.Professional preparations such as employment as a healthcare worker, patient contact, work with underserved populations, and volunteering and shadowing experience

3.Strength of letters of recommendation

4.Personal statement including elements of style, creativity, originality and anticipated goals as a PA

5.Alignment with the program mission.

Race, ethnicity, gender, and religion are excluded from the selection criteria.

Each application is ranked using these five criteria.The highest ranked applicants are offered an interview. The interview assesses applicant deductive reasoning, professionalism, disposition for the profession, problem solving skills, verbal and non-verbal communication skills and alignment with the program mission. The highest ranked applicants meeting all admission requirements are offered a seat in the Program.

A CASPA cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above, as well as a cumulative CUNY School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program prerequisite GPA of 3.0 or above are required.  To be eligible applicants must complete at least a baccalaureate degree and PA program specific prerequisite requirements.  For a list of prerequisites, click here.