Physician Assistant Studies in Glendale
Technical Standards for Admission
Interview / Selection Process
The Midwestern University PA Program considers applicants who possess the academic and professional promise necessary for the development as competent, caring members of the health care community. The admissions environment is highly selective with more than 1,700 applications received each year. The application deadline is October 1st; however, applicants are encouraged to apply early.
Completed applications received on or before the application deadline are reviewed to determine applicant eligibility for interviews. Interviews are typically held between September and February. The PA Program conducts rolling admissions and admissions decisions are generally made within two weeks following an interview. Candidates are notified of their status shortly thereafter. Cumulative and science grade point averages (GPAs), Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test scores, letters of recommendation, health care experience, knowledge of the profession, and motivation for a PA career will all be considered when reviewing applicant files.
Students seeking admission to the PA Program must submit the following documented evidence:
|Course||Sem Hrs||Qtr Hrs|
|Biology with lab* (must include at least 4 hours of Anatomy)||8||12|
|General Chemistry with lab*||8||12|
|Organic Chemistry with lab*||4||6|
|Math (college algebra or above)||3||4|
|Social and Behavioral Sciences (sociology, psychology, anthropology, etc.)||6||9|
|Biochemistry* (not required but strongly recommended)||4-8||6-12|
|Statistics (not required but strongly recommended)||3||4|
|*All science prerequisites must be courses designed for science majors. No survey courses will count to fulfill science prerequisites. No online labs will be accepted.|
International applicants must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of coursework from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States, or from a recognized post secondary Canadian institution that uses English as its primary language of instruction and documentation. Of the 30 semester hours, 15 hours must be in the sciences, six hours in non-remedial English composition, and three hours in speech/public speaking.
Applicants who wish to receive transfer credit for prerequisite coursework completed outside the US or at a Canadian institution that does not use English as its primary language of instruction and documentation must submit an official, detailed, course-by-course evaluation obtained from one of the following evaluation services:
International applicants who do not provide documentation of acceptable US or Canadian course/degree equivalency will not receive credit, and will be required to complete all prerequisite courses at an accredited college or university in the United States, or at a recognized post-secondary institution in Canada that uses English as its primary language of instruction and documentation.
For clarification about recognized post-secondary institutions in Canada that use English as a primary language of instruction and documentation, international applicants should contact the Midwestern University Office of Admissions.
The technical standards set forth by the Physician Assistant Program establish the expectations and requisite abilities considered essential for students admitted to this Program to achieve the levels of competency stipulated for graduation by faculty, the professional program accrediting agency ARC-PA, and the State of Arizona.
A candidate must have abilities and skills in five areas: 1) observation; 2) communication; 3) motor; 4) intellectual, conceptual, integrative, and quantitative; and 5) behavioral and social. Technological compensation can be made for some limitation in certain of these areas, but a candidate should be able to perform in a reasonably independent manner.
I. Observation: The candidate must be able to accurately make observations at a distance and close at hand. Observation necessitates the functional use of the sense of vision and somatic sensation and is enhanced by the functional use of all of the other senses.
II. Communication: The candidate must be able to communicate effectively, efficiently, and sensitively in both oral and written form and be able to perceive nonverbal communication.
III. Motor: Candidates must be able to coordinate both gross and fine muscular movements, maintain equilibrium, and have functional use of the senses of touch and vision. The candidate must possess sufficient postural control, neuromuscular control, and eye-to-hand coordination to perform profession-specific skills and tasks.
IV. Intellectual, Conceptual, Integrative, and Quantitative Abilities: The candidate must be able to problem solve, measure, calculate, reason, analyze, record, and synthesize large amounts of information in a timely manner. The candidate must be able to comprehend three-dimensional relationships and understand spatial relationships.
V. Behavioral and Social Attributes: The candidate must possess the emotional health required for full utilization of his/her intellectual abilities; the exercise of good judgment; the consistent, prompt completion of all responsibilities; and the development of mature, sensitive, and effective relationships. Candidates must be able to tolerate physically, mentally, and emotionally taxing workloads and to function effectively under stress. The candidate must be able to adapt to changing environments, to display flexibility, and to learn to function in the face of uncertainties. Compassion, integrity, concern for others, effective interpersonal skills, willingness and ability to function as an effective team player, interest and motivation to learn are all personal qualities required during the educational process.
Candidates are required to certify that they understand and meet these Technical Standards. Candidates must provide such certification prior to matriculation. Candidates who may not meet the Technical Standards must inform the Director of Admissions, who will then contact the Dean of Students. The Dean of Students, in consultation with the CHS Dean and Program Director, will identify and discuss what accommodations, if any, the College(/Program) would need to make that would allow the candidate to complete the curriculum. The College(/Program) is not able to grant accommodations that alter the educational standards of the curriculum. Students must meet the Technical Standards for the duration of enrollment in their professional program.
Completed applications with all required materials must be submitted to the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) by October 1st. Please refer to the CASPA application instructions for specific details about completing the application, required documents, and processing time. CASPA applications are available beginning mid-April of the academic year preceding the year in which the applicant plans to matriculate. Due to the large number of applications and the limited number of seats available, applicants are strongly encouraged to complete their CASPA applications early in the cycle. Applications are reviewed continuously throughout the admissions cycle.
Applicants are required to submit two letters of recommendation from professionals to CASPA. The Office of Admissions will only accept letters of recommendation received directly from CASPA. It is preferred that one letter be written by a science professor who has actually taught the student or a pre-health advisory committee. The second letter can be written by any one of the following: pre-health advisory committee, pre-health advisor, college professor, or healthcare professional (preferably a PA) who knows the applicant well. Please refer to the CASPA application instructions for specific guidelines and requirements for submitting letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation must be received by the Office of Admissions no later than December 1st.
Applicants are required to submit official GRE general test scores directly to CASPA under code 0508 by October 1st. Scores may also be submitted directly to Midwestern University using MWU institutional code of 4160. Only test scores earned during the previous five years (no earlier than January 2009) will be accepted. Official GRE scores must be received by the Office of Admissions no later than December 1st.
The Office of Admissions will send letters verifying receipt of the CASPA application to all applicants who meet the minimum cumulative science and overall GPA requirement of 2.75. Letters will also include instructions on tracking application status online. Applicants are responsible for tracking the receipt of their application materials to ensure the submission of all required documents. Applicants will only be considered for entrance into the Program when the Office of Admissions has received all required application materials which must be submitted no later than December 1st. In-progress prerequisite courses must be completed prior to matriculation.
NOTE: Applicants are responsible for notifying the Office of Admissions of any changes in their mailing address or e-mail address. All requests for application withdrawal must be done in writing via e-mail, fax, or letter to the Office of Admissions:
Office of Admissions
19555 N. 59th Avenue
Glendale, AZ 85308
After the Office of Admissions receives CASPA application reports, applicant files are reviewed to determine whether applicants merit an interview. The following criteria are used to select the most qualified candidates for interview invitations: GPA, GRE general test scores, letters of recommendation, health care experience, knowledge of the profession, and motivation for a PA career. Evaluation of completed applications will begin in September and continue until all seats in the class are filled. Eligible candidates are typically invited to interview during the months of September, October, November, December, January, and February. Applicant files may also be placed on an interview wait list pending possible openings toward the end of the interview cycle. Applicants selected to interview will be notified by letter or telephone of available dates and asked to contact the Office of Admissions to confirm one of the dates offered. Letters of confirmation will be sent to applicants that include travel information for visiting the MWU campus (i.e., directions to campus and local lodging information).
A typical day on campus involves participation in the following activities, which are coordinated by the Office of Admissions: a presentation by the PA Program Director, interaction with faculty members, meetings with current Midwestern University students, a campus tour, and meetings with an admissions counselor and financial aid representative. During each interview session, prospective students may be asked about their academic, personal, and professional aspirations and preparedness for admission to the Program. Prospective students will be rated on a standardized evaluation form, which is included with applicant's file and forwarded to the PA Admissions Committee for review.
The PA Admissions Committee meets one week after interviews have concluded. The Committee reviews complete application files for all applicants who were interviewed, formulates recommendations, and then submits recommendations to the Program Director for action. The CHS Dean, via the Office of Admissions, notifies applicants in writing of their admissions status. All applicants receive notification regarding their status by the end of March, but many will be offered seats following their interviews and subsequent Admissions Committee meetings.
The matriculation process begins after students receive notification of their acceptance. To complete the matriculation process students must:
Students who either fail to satisfy the above matriculation requirements or omit or falsify information required on official admissions documents automatically forfeit their seats in the Program. Any individual accepted for admission to the college/program who does not comply with stated time lines for submission of all required materials receives no further notification from the college regarding forfeiture of their seat.
After receiving either denial or an end-of-cycle letters, prospective students may reapply for the following year's admissions cycle. Before reapplying, however, applicants are encouraged to seek input on strengthening their application from a counselor in the Office of Admissions after the admissions cycle is officially over. To initiate the reapplication process, prospective students must complete and submit new applications and proceed through the standard application procedures.