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Admission Questions

Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education

Admission Questions

How many applications do I fill out and where do I send them?

There is ONE application that must be completed and submitted. Applications are submitted through CASPA. 


Do I need to have letters of reference/recommendation to apply?

Yes. Three (3) letters of reference/recommendation are required for your application to be considered complete. To be competitive, these letters of recommendation should include at least one (1) from a physician or physician assistant who can attest, from first-hand experience, any abilities the applicant will bring to the profession. If the initial applicant profile does not include the above items, the file will not be reviewed for consideration by the Admission Committee.

Does the program participate in CASPA?

Yes, the program does participate in CASPA.  

How many applications are received by the P.A. Program during each admissions cycle?

Currently applications average 450 – 600 per year.

Residency & Citizenship

Applicants must be citizens, permanent residents, or hold a valid visa from the United States and possess a valid social security number in order to apply to the P.A. Program.

I am a Foreign Medical Graduate (FMG). Am I eligible to apply to the P.A. Program?

Yes. FMGs and graduates from foreign institutions may apply. 

May I apply if I have some courses that are still not completed?

Up to two pre-requisite courses may be pending when the application is submitted, as long as they will be completed by June 1st.Similarly, the baccalaureate degree may be in
progress, as long as conferral will occur by June 1st.

Do you have expiration on courses? If so, how long?

It is suggested that the advanced prerequisites be no more than 5 years old. These courses include Microbiology,  and two of the following courses: Cell &Molecular Biology, Genetics, Mammalian Physiology, Anatomy &Physiology I and II with laboratory or Biochemistry.