PA Application and Requirements
You are entering a competitive process to get into PA school. At Touro Nevada, we are searching for those who are dedicated to serving their communities and want to be part of the solution to the healthcare provider shortage. Review the admission requirements and application process thoroughly to help ensure your application is complete and processed quickly.
Touro Nevada is here for you, wherever you are.
Communication with the School
We are working on campus and remotely. You can now communicate with us conveniently through Zoom video conferencing and on-campus by appointment. We also offer information sessions and events throughout the year.
You are encouraged to email us to schedule a Zoom appointment or an in-person meeting. To schedule, please contact the Office of Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
View the specific educational standards and personal qualifications you'll need for consideration of your application.
Submit a completed and verified application through the Centralized Application System for Physician Assistant (CASPA).
- Completed GRE prior to application.
- No minimum score required.
- The score will be used in the evaluation for entry into the program.
- GRE scores will only be accepted within the past five years of the applications.
- Enter your GRE in CASPA using Touro University Nevada’s code: 2174.
- CASPA will retrieve the official score from ETS.
Earn a cumulative and science GPA of 3.0 or higher as calculated by CASPA.
- If you have a 3.0 or less, then we will accept a GPA from a Master’s level program or a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher from at least one semester/term of a graduate-level certificate or degree program. The graduate program curriculum must include coursework in Anatomy, Physiology, Microbiology/Immunology, and Biochemistry.
- Completed the following Prerequisite Coursework with a grade of C or better:
- 8 semester credits of Human Anatomy and Physiology with lab
- 4 semester credits of Organic Chemistry with lab
- 3 semester credits of Biochemistry
- 3 semester credits of Microbiology
*3 semester units in general psychology and 3 semester credits in statistics are also recommended.
Human Anatomy & Physiology and Organic Chemistry courses taken in a classroom setting is preferred.
All prerequisite science courses must be completed within the past seven years with the exception of organic chemistry.
- An applicant may have up to four prerequisite courses pending for the 2022-2023 application cycle. All prerequisite courses must be completed before the candidate begins the program.
Earn a baccalaureate degree conferred from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.
- If you are still in progress of conferring/completing your bachelor degree program, you must have your degree on an official transcript prior to the start of the program.
Submit two letters of recommendation:
- One letter of recommendation must be from a medical provider such as a physician assistant, nurse practitioner or physician.
- It is recommended that one letter is from a PA.
Letters of recommendation must be submitted via CASPA on letterhead and include contact information.
- Hold a U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status at the time of application.
- Submit community service hours that show commitment to service to others.
- Have 500 hours of PA Direct Patient Care experience.
- Meet the required PA Technical Standards, which includes the physical abilities necessary to perform as a physician assistant.
- No credit will be given for prior education or work experience and there is no advanced placement.
- The program does not accept transfer students.
Touro Nevada recognizes the application process may be a stressful time for prospective students. We are closely monitoring the status of COVID-19 and have addressed your concerns by making temporary revisions to admission requirements. Please review the COVID-19 FAQs below and contact your program manager if you have any additional questions. Stay safe!
Yes, we will accept Pass/Fail grades. If your institution does not provide a transcript key on what letter grade the pass grade is equivalent to, it will be evaluated as a “C” for undergraduate courses/”B” for graduate courses.
- In the event your institution does not include a transcript key, we will accept verification from your instructor (on letterhead and signed or direct email to the program manager) indicating the numerical grade and letter grade equivalency.
- Although not deemed competitive, pass/fail grades are acceptable.
We will accept online coursework for the duration that institutions remain closed and are unable to offer in-person classes due to the pandemic.
Yes, the GRE is still required. However, we are accepting the “At Home Testing” option offered by ETS. We will still review applications of those who do not have GRE scores to report (if the proctored GRE is not a viable option), but keep in mind, not having scores may impact the competitiveness of your application. Please note, official GRE scores must be received before the start of the program.
No, 500 direct patient care hours are still required. If your scheduled hours were cancelled and you’re unable to fulfill this requirement due to the pandemic, we will still review your application. However, 500 must be completed by the start of the program.
If you’re unable to request a recommendation from a PA due to the pandemic, we will accept one from a physician or APRN who you’ve worked with.
All final transcripts and conferred degree must be received to meet admission requirements. All incoming students who do not have final transcripts and conferred degree submitted prior to acceptance, will be closely monitored and will maintain their conditional acceptance status until the document(s) is received.
Important deadlines in your application process.
How to Apply
If you meet the minimum program requirements, you are welcome to apply by following these steps.
- Submit the primary application through the Centralized Application System for Physician Assistant (CASPA).
- Direct applications are not accepted.
- When prompted, designate Touro University Nevada on your application to ensure your application is received.
- Submit official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended (includes undergraduate and graduate-level coursework). All foreign transcripts must be professionally evaluated by an agency such as World Education Services (www.wes.org) or National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (www.naces.org).
- Submit the secondary application through the link provided in your email invitation. Pay a non-refundable application fee of $75. NOTE - do not submit the secondary application unless invited. Be sure to also sign and submit the PA Technical Standards for the Physician Assistant Studies program.
Mail all supporting documents to:
Touro University Nevada
Office of Admissions
Attn: Physician Assistant Studies Program
874 American Pacific Drive
Henderson, NV 89014
Applicants can email the Office of Admissions or call (702) 777-1750 to verify supporting documents have been received.
Upon receipt of all admissions documents, the Admissions Committee will review and determine which candidates will be invited for an interview. On-campus and virtual interviews will be conducted until further notice.
If you're selected for an interview, you will be contacted by telephone and/or email to schedule the interview. Interviews will begin in June and will conclude in November.
- You will be given pertinent information about the schedule of events for the interview day.
- There will be 80 students admitted for the cohort each year
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, as well as their 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 two letters)
- Strength of academic history
- Cumulative GPA
- Science GPA
- GRE score
- Nature and extent of health care experiences
- Community engagement
- 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.
Touro University Nevada Master of Health Science (MHS) students who are interested in PA and meet the requirements for admission into the PA program are granted an interview; however not guaranteed acceptance into the program. MHS candidates for admission are considered comparable to other applicants.
The Admissions Committee makes final decisions on admission to the program.
If you are successfully admitted, you are required to:
- Submit the $1,000 deposit by the required date.
- Submit immunization records prior to matriculation including health and physical examinations.
- Pass a Level I criminal background check.
- Applicants to the School of Physician Assistant Studies should be aware that any felony convictions may impact the graduate’s eligibility for certification and credentialing.
- Provide proof of health insurance coverage.
Failure to comply with the above requirements by the date stated in your admissions invitation letter will result in revocation of the admission invitation.
PA Common Questions
You will find answers to some of the most common questions about the program. For answers to common questions on the general application process, please visit Admissions & Aid.
Yes, the Touro Nevada Physician Assistant program is granted Accreditation-Continued status by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Touro University Nevada is regionally accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).
Although each application pool is unique, the average undergraduate cumulative and science GPA of our last entering class were 3.46 and 3.41, respectively.
Yes, the application process is on a rolling basis.
- Rolling admissions signifies that applications are reviewed as they arrive through the Centralized Application System and/or Touro Nevada admissions application.
- The committee review selection begins after applications are verified and will continue until all the accepted positions are filled.
- Once the available positions are filled and the waitlist is maximized, the application review will end. This may take place well before the stated deadline(s) due to the volume of applicants.
No, the PA program does not accept transfer students.
You may have up to two prerequisite courses in progress and you will be required to successfully complete all prerequisite courses prior to beginning the PA program. An official transcript reflecting the completion of the courses will be required prior to matriculation.
Starting the 2021-2022 application cycle, you may have up to four prerequisite courses in progress and you will be required to successfully complete all prerequisite courses prior to beginning the PA program. An official transcript reflecting the completion of the courses will be required prior to matriculation.
A GRE score is required for admission into the PA program. There is no minimum score and only GRE scores from within the five years of the application date will be accepted.
Enter your GRE in CASPA using TUN’s code: 2174
The Touro Nevada PA program uses a rolling admission process. The initial screening involves a review of applications to confirm eligibility and select candidates for an interview on campus based on the applicant’s competitive profile as outlined by the admission requirements. Applicants who meet admission requirements but not selected for an interview are held and re-evaluated periodically throughout the cycle.
The interview is an opportunity for candidates to learn more about Touro Nevada and the PA program and to participate in activities that aid in the selection process. Interviews are conducted from August through October. The interview day involves presentations by faculty and staff from the Division of Student Affairs and the PA department. The day also involves current students, a campus tour, and both group and individual interviews that allow candidates to demonstrate their provider suitability, teamwork, and communication skills.
Candidates are scored on their interview and application and subsequently ranked by the admissions committee. Candidates are notified whether they have been accepted, waitlisted, or released from consideration. Candidates on the waitlist are reviewed periodically throughout the cycle. All those who receive an offer from the PA program are expected to respond typically within two weeks and submit a $1,000 deposit to secure their seat. The deposit is non-refundable and is applied towards tuition.
Questions? Contact Us
Office of Admissions
Disclaimer: Admission requirements are subject to change.