To be considered for acceptance in the Physician Assistant Studies program, applicants must have completed all of the following admissions requirements:
- Submitted a completed and verified application through CASPA.
- Obtained a baccalaureate degree conferred from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. Applicants who are still in progress of conferring/completing their bachelor degree program must have their degree awarded on an official transcript prior to beginning the program.
- Earned a cumulative and science GPA of 3.0 or higher as calculated by CASPA. You may also be eligible if you complete at least one semester/term of a graduate level certificate or degree program with a minimum 3.0 GPA. 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
-4 semester credits of General Chemistry
-4 semester credits of Organic Chemistry
-3 semester credits of Biochemistry
-3 semester credits of Microbiology
*Three semester units in general psychology and three semester credits in statistics are also recommended.
- All prerequisite science courses must be completed within the past five years with the exception of organic and general chemistry. An applicant may have up to two prerequisite courses pending. All the prerequisite courses must be completed before the candidate begins the program.
- Human Anatomy & Physiology and Organic Chemistry courses taken in a classroom setting is preferred.
- 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 application date. Enter your GRE in CASPA using Touro University Nevada’s code: 2174. CASPA will retrieve the official score from ETS.
- Submitted two letters of recommendation to CASPA. 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 be from a PA.
- Have 500 hours of Direct Patient care experience.
- Submitted community service hours that show commitment to service to others.
- Hold a U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status at the time of application.
- Must 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.
- There is no advanced placement.
- The program does not accept transfer students.
- Foreign graduates must have their transcripts evaluated to determine the United States educational credit or equivalency prior to applying. Foreign graduates must still complete the required prerequisites within the past five years.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
To learn more about the admissions process, applicants are encouraged to read the TUN Physician Assistant Studies Frequently-Asked-Questions 2018-2019.
HOW TO APPLY
- Submit the primary application through the Centralized Application System for Physician Assistant (CASPA). Direct applications are not accepted.
The deadline for the 2018-2019 CASPA application is September 1, 2018. The deadline for the supplemental application is September 15, 2018. For best consideration, applicants should submit their CASPA and secondary application at least eight weeks prior to the deadlines. Due to the high number of applicants to the program, we utilize a rolling admissions process. It is possible that all interview slots will be filled prior to the CASPA deadline. Once we have filled all our seats for the cohort, we will conclude the review of PA applications. Please plan accordingly.Rolling admissions signifies that applications are reviewed as they arrive through the Centralized Application System and/or Touro University Nevada admissions application. The committee review selection begins after applications are verified and will continue until all the accepted positions are filled. Once the accepted positions are filled and the waitlist is maximized, the application review will end for the cycle. This may take place well before the stated deadline(s) due to the volume of applications that are received each year. To receive the best consideration, applicants are encouraged to apply early.
- After being invited, complete a secondary admissions application. The Office of Admissions will only review applications for applicants who are eligible for a secondary application.
- Pay a non-refundable application fee of $75. Applicants can pay online with a credit card. If you were not invited to submit this application, your application fee will not be refunded.
- 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 Admissions Office or call (702) 777-1750 to verify supporting documents have been received.
- Upon receipt of all admissions documents, the PA Admissions Committee will review and determine which candidates will be invited for a personal campus interview.
- Interviews will begin in August and will conclude in November. Please keep in mind, early applicants will receive priority for selection of interviews. Applicants selected for an on-campus interview will be contacted by telephone and/or email to schedule the interview. The applicant will be given pertinent information about the schedule of events for the interview day.
- There will be 76 students admitted for the July 2019 cohort. The Admissions Committee may select up to two standby candidates. If standby candidates are selected, they will be selected from the wait list. The standby candidates agree to fill a vacated position from the current class should the need arise, up to the first day of class. If the cohort remains full, the standby candidates are guaranteed acceptance to next year’s cohort.
- Candidates who are successfully admitted must:
- Submit the $1,000 deposit by the required date.
- Submit official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended (includes undergraduate and graduate level coursework). Foreign graduates must have their transcripts evaluated by the World Education Services (www.wes.org) in order to determine the United States educational credit or equivalency.
- Submit immunization records prior to matriculation including health and physical examinations.
- Pass a Level I criminal background check.
- Provide proof of health insurance coverage.
Disclaimer: Admission requirements are subject to change.
Effective July 1, 2015, upon acceptance to Touro University Nevada’s Physician Assistant Studies program, all deposits made to secure a position in the class are non-refundable.