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.

Touro Nevada is focused on educating the best and brightest to join the courageous healthcare providers that are seeing us through these unique and challenging times.  We are ready to start your new class this summer -- online or in-person -- as dictated by the healthcare needs of our communities and world.

Communication with the School 

We are working remotely but you can now communicate with us through Zoom Video conferencing.  

You are encouraged to email your Program Manager if you’d like to schedule a Zoom appointment. The Program Manager will schedule the Zoom meeting during regular office hours and provide you a password. To schedule, please contact Marsha at mcastill13@touro.edu

Admission Requirements

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 two prerequisite courses pending. All the 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 CAPSA 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.

COVID-19 FAQs

Touro Nevada recognizes this may be a stressful time for prospective students. You may be facing challenges such as not being able to take courses in-person or taking standardized tests as scheduled, which makes it hard to meet admission requirements. We are closely monitoring these issues and have addressed your concerns by making temporary revisions to admission requirements for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle. Please review the COVID-19 FAQs below and contact your program manager, Marsha Castillo, mcastill13@touro.edu if you have any additional questions. Thank you for your continued interest. 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.

 

Deadlines

Important deadlines in your application process.

Sept. 1
CASPA Application Due
Sept. 15
Secondary Application Due
8 Weeks
Submit Prior to Deadline for Best Consideration

How to Apply

If you meet the minimum program requirements, you are welcome to apply by following these steps.

  1. Submit the primary application through the Centralized Application System for Physician Assistant (CASPA)
    1. Direct applications are not accepted.
      • When prompted, designate Touro University Nevada on your application to ensure your application is received.
  2. 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.

    Additional Information

    Upon receipt of all admissions documents, the Admissions Committee will review and determine which candidates will be invited for an interview. Due to COVID-19, only virtual interviews will be conducted throughout the 2020-2021 application cycle. 

    If you're selected for an interview, you will be contacted by telephone and/or email to schedule the interview. Interviews will begin in August and will conclude in October.

    Next Steps

    If you are successfully admitted, you are required to:

    1. Submit the $1,000 deposit by the required date.
    2. 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).
    3. Submit immunization records prior to matriculation including health and physical examinations.
    4. 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.
    5. 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 3.38 and 3.33, 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.

    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

    Questions? Contact Us

    Marsha L Castillo

    Marsha L Castillo , M.A.

    Admissions

    Admissions & Recruitment Program Manager

    mcastill13@touro.edu
    (702) 777-1787

    Disclaimer: Admission requirements are subject to change.