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PA Programs – Western University of Health Sciences

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Name of program: WESTERN UNIVERSITY OF HEALTH SCIENCES

URL: http://prospective.westernu.edu/physician-assistant/welcome
US News Rank # n/a
Prerequisites:
Courses

Anatomy w/lab – 3 semester/4 quarter units (must be completed by December 31st of the year prior
to when you plan to enter WesternU)
Physiology w/lab – 3 semester/4 quarter units (must be completed by December 31st of the year
prior to when you plan to enter WesternU)
Microbiology w/lab – 3 semester/4 quarter units
Statistics –  3 semester/4 quarter units
Psychology – 3 semester/4 quarter units
Other courses: College English and English Composition – 6 semester/8 quarter units, college Algebra –
3 semester/4 quarter units, Genetics – 3 semester/4 quarter units, Sociology – 3 semester/4 quarter
units, Humanities 9 semester/12 quarter units, Spanish – not required but strongly encouraged,

Chemistry
6 hours with lab basic – 6 semester/12 quarter units
4 hours with lab Organic
8 hours each of above recommended and Biochemistry

Bachelor Degree – Required
GRE – No
Basic Life Support -n/a

Admissions:
CASPA Application Required – Yes – deadline November 1st (12:00 a.m. EST) – submit application
8 weeks before deadline
Supplemental app required – Yes – Western University application – deadline December 1st
Open House – Information Session – information for Preview Days on web site – next date May 7th
Interview – Yes – late February and March
Rolling admissions –  ask
Admission factors –

  • Minimum overall science and prerequisite GPA’s of 2.7,
  • all prerequisites must be completed at a regionally accredited U.S. institution or its equivalent,
  • all prerequisites must be completed with a “C” or better,
  • no more than one science and one non-science prerequisite can be in progress after December 31st of the year prior to when you plan to enter WesternU
  • introductory level courses in the sciences are not acceptable,
  • demonstrated history of ongoing community service and involvement (the more hours you have, the more competitive your application),
  • access to computer meeting minimum technical standards,
  • proof of legal U.S. residency if required,
  • meet the PA program’s “Personal Competencies of Admission and Matriculation”,
  • successful criminal background check and drug testing,
  • 3-4 letters of recommendation,
  • proof applicant is current on the immunizations and health screenings consistent with CDC recommendations

Program facts:
Length – 24 months
Degree Granted – Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies  (MSPA)
Class size – 98 (number of applicants enrolled academic year 2010)
Average # of Apps received, average # interviewed and # accepted  – (academic year 2010) 1,538 applications, 531 interviewed, 98 enrolled = 6% acceptance
Average age, sex, GPA of those admitted – GPA 3.42, prerequisite GPA 3.54, science GPA 3.38
Tuition & Fees:

  • (Year 1 – 12 months) tuition $32,370,
  • fees $40,
  • books and supplies $3,488,
  • room and board $14,190,
  • personal expenses $5,966,
  • transportation $3,917,
  • clicker $80,
  • background check/fingerprinting $175,
  • membership dues $100 = total cost $60,326
  • (Year 2 – 12 months) tuition $32,370,
  • fees $20,
  • graduation fee $300,
  • books and supplies $400,
  • room and board $13,007,
  • personal expenses $5,469,
  • transportation $9,109 = total cost$60,675

Financial Aid – Financial aid counselors are available to meet one-on-one.  They will take the
time to examine each individual financial situation, and help to generate ideas for the best
funding solution for students and their families.  Links to financial resources available on
PA Program web site.

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