Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Will I be required to submit my application through CASPA?
Yes, all applications must be submitted through CASPA. Applications will not be accepted through any other method of submission.
Must all of my prerequisite courses be completed at the time that I submit my application?
Yes, you must have successfully completed all required prerequisites prior to submitting your application. All prerequisites must have a letter grade assigned to them on an official transcript from a regionally accredited college or university to be eligible for admission. Prerequisites and all other coursework must be submitted through CASPA.
Must I complete graduate admission testing to be eligible to apply to this PA program?
No, pre-graduate program entrance examinations are not required for admission into the Misericordia University PA program. You do not need to complete a GRE, GMAT, or MCAT examination to qualify for entry.
If I completed the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree (or higher level degree) outside of the United States, what must I do to be eligible for admission?
You must have your higher education record, including all course work and completed degree(s), evaluated by an organization accredited and licensed to do so. This evaluation must result in the determination of level of degree equivalency, as compared degrees completed and recognized within the United States. You must also be assigned a letter grade to each course and an overall GPA by the evaluating organization. In addition, you must complete a TOEFL examination and achieve a score of at least 20 in each of the four categories. (Please see requirements regarding TOEFL listed above.)
I have completed organic chemistry I and II. Am I still required to complete a biochemistry prerequisite?
Yes, we do not accept substitutions for any of our prerequisites. You must complete each prerequisite that is listed in our admission requirements.
The Following two FAQ Responses Pertain to the Following ARC PA Standard:
c) policies and procedures concerning awarding or granting advanced
PA Program Policy: Advanced Placement may be found in the Physician Assistant Program Handbook, under Miscellaneous Policies, page 53. The policy states:
“The Misericordia University PA Program does not grant advanced placement to anyone. Advanced standing or special consideration for previous coursework or degrees are not provided. All applicants will be evaluated and assessed through the same application and interview processes.”
If I have completed another health professions degree, or a medical degree from a United States or foreign medical school, am I eligible for advanced standing? Will I be given credit for some of the PA program coursework for courses that I completed prior to entering PA school?
No, the Misericordia University PA Program does not grant advanced placement to anyone. All students who enter the PA program must complete all courses and required activities successfully and in the sequence required.
I am a foreign medical graduate. Will I automatically be granted an interview or acceptance into the Misericordia University PA program?
No, the Misericordia University PA Program does not grant advanced placement for anyone. Advanced standing or special consideration for previous coursework or degrees are not provided to anyone. All applicants will be evaluated and assessed through the same application and interview processes.
When should I apply?
You should apply as soon as the CASPA application for Misericordia University is available through their web site. Also, your application will not be considered to be complete, unless you have completed all admission requirements.
Is completion of an interview required for admission?
Yes, all applicants who successfully matriculate into the Misericordia University PA Program must have successfully completed an interview. Based on our rolling admission process and admission criteria, applicants will be selected for interviews until all seats are filled in a respective cohort.
May I apply to the PA Program before I have completed my bachelor’s degree?
You may submit applications through CASPA as soon as the application window is open. However, we will not consider your application to be complete and we will not review your application until all requirements have been met. Also, applying early with an incomplete application will not “hold your place in line” for application review.
If I repeat a prerequisite course, how will it affect my pre-interview evaluation?
(Carefully review all content in Requirement 2 (Academic Requirements), above.)
May I work while attending this PA Program?
ARC PA Standard A3.14: The Program must define, publish and make readily available to enrolled and prospective students general information to include:
(h) policies about student employment while enrolled in the program.
PA Program Policy: Employment During the Program (may be found in the Physician Assistant Program Handbook, under Miscellaneous Policies)
Misericordia University does not prohibit admission into or progression through the PA program if a student determines that he or she must work while in the program. HOWEVER, students are strongly discouraged from working during their time in the PA program.
If a student chooses to work during the academic year, the work schedule must not interfere with class performance, course schedules, or clinical rotation schedules.
Working often impedes a student’s ability to devote the time and attention required for effective study, thereby placing them at risk for failure. There are no special exceptions, or changes in program expectations or requirements for graduation if a student works. The program recognizes that, given unforeseen financial needs, a student may need to work to support themselves or family members. Thus, although strongly discouraged, working is not prohibited.
What constitutes a highly qualified or highly competitive applicant?
An applicant who meets or exceeds all academic criteria, as delineated above, who meets or exceeds the requirement of 500 hours of patient care experience, and who demonstrates the emotional intelligence and maturity required for a successful interview. We believe that these attributes facilitate success within our PA program and lead to success as a practicing Physician Assistant.