Admissions Requirements

We participate in the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). All applications and supplemental documentation must be submitted through CASPA and received by our office no later than the application deadline. CASPA recommends submitting materials at least four (4) weeks in advance of the application deadline date. You can find the application and all accompanying instructions at https://caspa.liaisoncas.com/

Please Note: All payments made during the application process are non-refundable. CASPA is an outside application service and does not offer refunds based on the accreditation status of a program.

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee an interview or admission to the program.

The criteria for consideration for admission, in brief:

Baccalaureate degree

You must have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA

 A 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA for all college-level coursework completed.

A 3.0 minimum science GPA from all colleges attended

A 3.0 minimum combined science GPA from all colleges attended. All Biology, Chemistry and Physics grades are utilized to calculate science GPA or “BCP Total” as it appears on the CASPA application.

Successful completion of all prerequisite courses

Prerequisite Coursework

In addition to having a baccalaureate degree, an applicant must have the 52 credits of required prerequisite courses listed below with grades of “C” or better* from an accredited college, university, or its equivalent.

An applicant may apply to the program with prerequisite coursework in progress, but all prerequisite coursework and baccalaureate degree must be completed at least one full semester prior to the start of the program. Pending coursework may delay review of the candidate's application.

Distribution of 52 credits of specific prerequisites:

General Biology I & II (with labs)

8 credits

General Chemistry I & II (with labs)

8 credits

Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry

4 credits

Anatomy & Physiology

8 credits

Behavioral Sciences (e.g., Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology)

6 credits

English Composition and/or English Literature+

6 credits

Humanities (e.g., History, Philosophy, Languages, Literature, Art)

6 credits

Mathematics (pre-calculus level or above)

3 credits

Statistics

3 credits


* Advanced Placement courses taken in high school must have scores of 4 or 5 to transfer.
+ Applicants must provide catalog descriptions for English courses not taught by an English department (e.g. through a core curriculum or honors program) if requested by the Office of Student Services.

Please note:

  • All prerequisite science courses must be designed for science majors. Transfer of science courses designed for non-science majors, e.g., liberal arts, nursing, respiratory therapy, is at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.
  • Applicants whose sciences prerequisites are more than 10 years will be required to take refresher courses unless exempted by the Admissions Committee.
  • All prerequisite courses are offered through Touro College's Lander Colleges of Arts and Sciences and New York School of Career and Applied Studies.
  • The PA program does not award academic credit for experiential learning.
  • Meeting the minimum requirements listed above does not guarantee an interview or admission to the program.
  • All incoming students are required to have a personal computer for daily instructional and testing purposes

Coursework completed by non-accredited or foreign institutions

Applicants who do not hold a degree in the U.S. or from an accredited college, university, or its equivalent, will need to submit a foreign transcript evaluation from a NACES-approved agency: www.naces.org 

Applicants whose native language is not English, or who did not attend college in the U.S. or other English-speaking country, will need to submit the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination with a score of at least 560 (paper-based), 220 (computer-based), or 83 (Internet-based) (Note: the TOEFL exam does not fulfill or substitute for the 6-credit English prerequisite requirement).

Our Office of International Student Services can help with any questions or concerns you may have.

Submission of a completed CASPA application and Supplemental Application

All applicants are required to pay a $25 supplemental application fee using the payment instructions provided through CASPA. The payment transaction number must be included on the supplemental application forms before they are uploaded to CASPA. Separate supplemental application documents and a separate fee will be required for each Touro location that you choose to apply for through CASPA.

Submission of three letters of reference, including one from a Physician Assistant

Three (3) letters of recommendation. One of the letters of recommendation must be from a physician assistant. In order to confirm applicants have a clear understanding of the working relationship between physicians and physician assistants, the letter of recommendation from a PA cannot be substituted with a letter from another health care provider (i.e. RN, NP, paramedic)

Direct patient contact health care experience

You need to submit verification of a minimum of 200 hours of direct patient contact.

Verification of a minimum of 200 hours of direct patient contact health care experience, either volunteer or paid, must be documented on the Patient Contact Form and uploaded through CASPA. We recommend retaining a copy of this completed form for your records. It may be used if you are applying for a separate Touro location or a future admissions cycle. Direct patient contact hours must involve interaction with patients and can be obtained in a number of ways and may include either paid or volunteer positions. Some examples include, but are not limited to: volunteer in an Emergency Department transporting patients, volunteer in a doctor's office performing height and weight, vital signs, etc medical assistant or nurse's aide phlebotomist Licensed Practical Nurse or Respiratory Therapist EMT or Paramedic.

PA shadowing hours (recommended, not required)

PA shadowing is recommended but not required (documentation forms can be found in the Supplemental Application on CASPA).

If you choose to shadow a PA, the best way to acquire shadowing hours is to find a hospital that employs PAs that also has a volunteer program and sign up as a volunteer. While working as a volunteer, it is then often possible to shadow a PA in the facility. Many private offices that employ PAs will also allow a student to shadow the PA.

Submission of the personal statement

(see CASPA application for guidelines)

Transcripts

Updated transcript(s) for all coursework not verified in the CASPA application may be submitted directly to the Office of Admissions as they become available.

Evaluation and Selection Process

Decisions on admission are made by a committee of PA program faculty, and are based on an assessment of the applicant's past academic performance, potential for success in the program, and his/her understanding of and commitment to the PA profession. The program Admissions Committee evaluates an applicant's completed application and considers the following factors:

  • Quality and content of the personal statement
  • Strength of recommendations (minimum of three letters)
  • Strength of academic history
  • Cumulative GPA
  • Science GPA
  • Nature and extent of health care experiences
  • Nature and extent of PA shadowing (if done)
  • Leadership skills/experiences

Based on this evaluation, selected applicants are invited for a personal interview where they are assessed with regard to their understanding of the PA role, their motivation, maturity, intellectual qualities, insights, and interpersonal skills. 

The Admissions Committee and Committee Chair make the final decisions on admission to the program.

Admissions Appeals

Students who do not meet established grade point standards or other established admission requirements detailed above may petition the PA Admissions Committee in writing for consideration. The petition must accompany the application. It should clearly explain extenuating circumstances that have prevented the student from meeting existing grade point standards or other requirements and describe elements of the applicant's background that would indicate the potential for success in the program. The Admissions Committee may choose to admit students who have not met established admission requirements, based on the student's petition, application, interview and other supporting documents required as part of the application process. Our PA Programs are highly competitive and applying with an Admissions Appeal does not guarantee further advancement in the admissions process, nor does it guarantee admission into the program. For applicants who already hold a B.A. or B.S. degree, prerequisite courses of certain types may be substituted at the discretion of the PA Program Director.