Frequently Asked Questions
The Pace University Lenox Hill Hospital Physician Assistant Frequently Asked Questions
How do I submit my application to Pace University for the PA program?
All applications must go through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants i.e. CASPA https://portal.caspaonline.org/. Applications sent directly to the college will not be accepted.
- Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution;
- Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 based on a 4.0 scale;
- Minimum cumulative science GPA of 3.0 based on a 4.0 scale;
- A minimum of 200 hours of direct, high quality, hands-on patient care;
- One page personal statement describing why you wish to become a physician assistant (CASPA Narrative);
- Three references from professionals (one of which must be from a health professional); and
- Completion of all prerequisite courses at the time of CASPA e-submission;
- No more than one grade that is less than a "B-" in a required prerequisite course
GPA’s are calculated utilizing all college level courses completed by the applicant.
English is not my first language, what should I do?
If you graduated from high school in a country where English is not the official language AND English is not your first language, you must submit scores from the “Test of English as a Foreign Language” (TOEFL) OR the “International English Language Testing System” (IELTS) that are no more than two years old. In general, a TOEFL score of 570 (paper-based version) or 230 (computer-based version), 88/89 (internet-based version) or an IELTS score of 6.0 is sufficient to demonstrate the requisite proficiency in English for admission directly into Pace University’s academic programs.
What prerequisites do I need to enter the program?
The minimum math and science prerequisites for the Physician Assistant Program are as follows:
Mathematics (Pre-calculus or Statistics) (3 credits)
General Biology + Laboratory (8 credits)
General Chemistry + Laboratory (8 credits)
Microbiology (3 credits)
Organic Chemistry + Laboratory OR Biochemistry + Laboratory (4 credits)
Human Anatomy + Laboratory (4 credits)
Human Physiology (3 credits)
OR Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II with Laboratory (7 credit minimum)
I have 1 or 2 perquisites that would be completed in the fall semester after the deadline, can I still apply?
No, all perquisites must be completed and the grade reflected on your transcript at the time of submission, otherwise your application would be flagged as “does not meet minimum requirements”.
Would I be able to continue working, while I am in school?
It is strongly discouraged. This is an intense, full time program. You should be prepared to be on campus all day Monday through Friday if you are accepted.
Am I guaranteed an interview if I meet the minimum requirements?
No, you are not guaranteed an interview if you meet the minimum requirements. Your chance of being invited to interview increases depending on how competitive your application is in comparison to the applicant pool that year.
Where should I send an official, updated transcript?
Transcripts should go to Graduate Admission, 1 Pace Plaza, New York, NY 10038. Please only send updated transcripts if they are requested by the University. If you secure an interview, please bring any updated transcripts with you to the interview. Updated transcripts are not added to your application and a new GPA/SGPA will not be calculated.
I am planning on taking prerequisite courses next semester/or currently taking prerequisites, am I still allowed to apply even though they are not completed/started?
No, all prerequisite courses must be completed prior to the e-submission of the CASPA application.
I have less than 200 hours of Health Care Experience, I would acquire more by the time I am invited to interview, should I still apply?
No, your application will be flagged as “does not meet minimum requirements” since all requirements including health care experience, have to be completed before the application is submitted.
I only have shadowing experience, does that count towards the 200 required hours of Health Care Experience?
Shadowing a Physician Assistant is recommended and strongly encouraged, so that you may have an understanding of the role of a PA. However, it is not sufficient when it comes to Health Care Experience. It is best that you acquire direct hands on patient care experience.
What is considered “direct hands on patient care experience”?
Direct hands on patient care experience is considered, a job, internship or volunteering position, that includes but is not limited to any combination of the following: working directly with patients, assessing patients medically or psychologically, use of professional judgment to
Examples include: EMT/paramedic, patient care assistant, medical assistant, phlebotomist, home health aide, ER scribe.
If I meet all admission criteria, does that guarantee a seat in the PA Program?
Seats in the PA Program are limited. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee a seat in the PA Program. The Physician Assistant Program Admissions Committee will admit candidates who meet the admission requirements, are granted an interview, and present the best overall profile evidenced in these areas.
I have submitted my application to CASPA, and I would like the status, who can I contact?
To check your application status you may log into your application and check your status on the program status page. For transcript updates you may log into your application and check the status, or call 617-612-2080.
After I have received the invite to interview how long do I have to pick a date?
Seats fill up quickly. It is recommended that you select a date immediately, keep in mind dates cannot be changed once selected.
I am on the waitlist. Is there anything else I can do to increase my chances of being offered a seat?
If you are on the waitlist, there is nothing else you can do to increase your chances of being offered a seat. You will be removed from the wait list either by your request or if a seat becomes available according to your rank, once the waitlist is finalized after all interviews have been conducted.
When will I know if I will be removed from the waitlist or not?
There is no set time as to if or when you will be removed from the waitlist. It is dependent on the number of seats that become available prior to the start of the program in July and where you are ranked on the list.
If accepted into the program, can I defer?
Pace University-Lenox Hill Hospital Department of Physician Assistant Studies will no longer allow accepted students to defer their admission seat. This will go into effect for those who are accepted for the graduating class of 2018 and beyond. For further information please contact the Admission Coordinator at 212-618-6052.
What is the cost of the program?
For tuition and other costs please click here.