ADMISSIONS OVERVIEW - pa plv

Pace University recruits students domestically and internationally.  Included in our overall recruitment and program promotion are visits to and participation in fairs and programs at colleges, universities and agencies in the Lower Hudson Valley as well as external events and activities sponsored by veteran organizations.

Applications are carefully reviewed by the Admission Committee utilizing a holistic approach which considers qualitative and quantitative factors to ensure that we are fulfilling the mission of the program. This multifaceted process focuses on academic credentials as well as prior experience, service history, aspirations and interpersonal skills.  Those individuals that the Admissions Committee believe possess the quantitative and qualitative attributes that best align with the program’s academic criteria and mission will be selected for an interview and final consideration for admission. Due to the volume of candidates, not all qualified candidates are guaranteed an interview. Applications are reviewed and admission decisions for seats in the cohort are filled on a rolling basis during the CASPA cycle until are seats are filled.

Applications will not be considered and interviews will not be granted until prerequisites have been completed with exception of the baccalaureate degree requirement. All candidates must have a completed baccalaureate from a United States or Canadian accredited institution of higher learning. The baccalaureate degree must be completed by June of the year of planned enrollment.

All candidates will be required to apply through CASPA (Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants).  Prerequisites must be submitted into CASPA and CASPA e-submission must be completed by January 15th, of the year of planned enrollment.

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The Program aligns with Pace University's mission to impart to its graduate students a deep knowledge of their discipline and connection to its community as well as its embodiment of an ethos of respect for and celebration or our diversity, creating an inclusive and welcoming environment. Points are applied during the admissions process for candidates that align this mission.  We encourage individuals from all backgrounds, including residents of the Hudson Valley, veterans and graduates of Pace University or health professions Pre-Health curriculums, first generations students and individuals from other populations that are underrepresented in the health professions or have experience in underserved areas, to apply.
CASPA APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS:

Military Papers (optional): The applicant’s declaration of prior military experience is an optional requirement. Documentation with a DD-214 or NGB-22 is required to be considered for any veteran program that the applicant may be eligible for.

Current Resume (required):  The applicant should prepare a current resume including their professional, volunteer, and service experiences.

Healthcare (patient care) experience (required):  Written Documentation* of 300 hours of direct patient care experience is required – At least 300 hours are needed to apply.  Acceptable experience includes employment, or volunteer work.  Acceptable direct patient care hours would be those from a position which involves hands-on patient care responsibility, such as but not limited to:

• Patient Care Technician
• Medical Assistant
• Licensed Practicing Nurse
• Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)
• Radiology Technician
• Paramedic
• Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
• Military Medic/Corpsman
• Medical Scribe
• Other licensed or certified health care professional

*** Shadowing is not considered Healthcare (patient care) experience.

Documentation of Healthcare (patient care) experience must be in the form of a letter from the Human Resources Department, a supervisor, or the health professional that is able to attest to your experience. A letter must be provided for each healthcare experience that you enter on the application. The letter(s) should be on professional letterhead, clearly stating the hours in numerical form and bulleted lists of tasks performed, along with a contact phone number. This should be uploaded into the 'Healthcare Hours' section below.
PLEASE NOTE:  If you have more than one Healthcare (patient care) experience letter, scan them as one document.

Shadowing experience (required):  Written documentation* of a minimum of 40 hours of shadowing a Physician Assistant, is required. Documentation must be in the form of a letter from the physician assistant that will attest to your reported hours.
PLEASE NOTE:  If you have more than one shadowing experience letter, scan them as one document.

Personal Statement:  One page personal statement answering the following question: How would the current “you”, have directed the younger “you”, regarding next steps towards achieving your desired Profession?

References:  Three (3) references from professionals; at least one (1) from a physician assistant or physician (MD or DO). 

English as a second language:  Students for whom English is not their first language must submit scores from the TOEFL (Minimum Score 88 on the IBT), IELTS (International English Language Testing System/Minimum Score 7) or Pearson PTE (Minimum Score 60) that are no more than two years old.  TOEFL codes for Pace University are as follows:  Westchester Campus: 2644; New York City Campus: 2635

Advanced Placement Credits (AP credit):  AP credit will be accepted for pre-requisite courses only.  No AP credit will be awarded for the fulfillment of any PA Program didactic or clinical curricular content.

Advanced Standing - Under no circumstances will a student be given credit toward the courses in the Pace University-Pleasantville Physician Assistant Studies Program.

Clinical/Professional (optional): You can use this section to upload any additional documents/references you would like us to review.

ADMISSIONS POLICIES & PROCEDURES:

CASPA APPLICATION & HOLISTIC REVIEW PROCESS

All applications to the Physician Assistant Studies Program – Pleasantville are initiated by the applicant through the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) an application service for graduate-level PA programs. Applications are carefully reviewed by the Admission Committee utilizing a holistic approach which considers qualitative and quantitative factors to ensure that we are fulfilling the mission of the program. This multifaceted process focuses on academic credentials as well as prior experience, service history, aspirations and interpersonal skills.  Those individuals that the Admissions Committee believe possess the quantitative and qualitative attributes that best align with the program’s academic criteria and mission will be selected for an interview and final consideration for admission.

The Office of Graduate Admissions in collaboration with the PA Program Admissions Committee, review and stratify all CASPA verified applications, via a holistic review, also known as a comprehensive review of all applicant files meeting the Program’s published admission requirements, is employed (see Admissions Pre-requisite web pages or CASPA Application Review List), followed by Interview Selection Score Rubric to select candidates for recommendation to Interview. Selected students are contacted for interviews with the Physician Assistant Program Admission Committee.

INTERVIEW
Invitations for interviews will be extended to selected applicants starting about August of the year prior to the year of planned enrollment.  Interviews will take place at the Pace PA Campus in Pleasantville NY. During interview day, students will be interviewed by either the Program Director, or the Medical Director, as well as multiple Program faculty. Included in this process, is a tour of the facilities, as well as interaction with the current PA students. These students will be available throughout the day, as well as provide resources for further information for potential candidates.

The interview is comprised of individual interview, group interviews, group exercise, and completion of an essay. During the interview applicants will be evaluated on cognitive capability, professional awareness, commitment to the profession, leadership qualities, service and community orientation, communication skills including verbal ability, personal and behavioral qualities, interpersonal skills, self-confidence, motivation and initiative, professionalism, social support and coping abilities. These are assessed and scored using Rubrics to gather holistic data, for faculty decision to offer the candidate a seat.  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.  Enrollment is limited to 40 maximum.


HUDSON VALLEY COUNTIES (75MI RADIUS)
Applicants will be considered to be from within the greater Hudson Valley area if the address they identify on the CASPA application as their permanent address is within 75miles of the Pace University--Pleasantville campus. This will be determined by searching the CASPA applications for those within NY, NJ, CT, PA, and MA residing within the following counties:NEW YORK COUNTIES
Westchester
Rockland
Putnam
Bronx
Orange
New York
Nassau
Queens
Dutchess
Suffolk
Kings
Ulster
Richmond
Sullivan
Columbia
Greene
NEW JERSEY COUNTIES
Bergen
Passaic
Hudson
Morris
Essex
Sussex
Union
Middlesex
Somerset
Monmouth
Warren
Hunterdon
Mercer
Ocean


CONNECTICUT COUNTIES
Fairfield
New Haven
Litchfield
Hartford
Middlesex
New London

PENNSYLVANIA COUNTIES
Pike
Monroe
Northampton
Wayne

MASSACHUSETTS COUNTIES
BerkshireUNDER REPRESENTED GROUPS IN THE HEALTH PROFESSIONS
In keeping with our Program goal to actively recruit veterans and culturally diverse graduate students, who are under-represented in the Health Professions. We encourage all candidates to apply, including but not limited to Hudson Valley, veterans and graduates of health professions Pre-Health curriculums, and first generations students and individuals from other populations that are underrepresented in the health professions, to apply. See the following link for some examples of Underreprsented Minority (URM) in health profession as recognized by the Health Resources and Services Administration: https://bhw.hrsa.gov/grants/resourcecenter/glossary.

MEDICALLY UNDERSERVED POPULATIONS
In keeping with our Program’s goal to develop students’ skills to function as culturally sensitive primary care providers in diverse healthcare settings with a focus on medically underserved population, to provide healthcare  across the lifespan, we seek candidates who demonstrate desire to work with Medically underserved populations. Medically underserved populations are federally-designated population groups having a shortage of personal health services, often defined as groups who face economic, cultural, or linguistic barriers to health care, and limited access to services. They are specific sub-groups of people living in a defined geographic area with a shortage of primary care health services See the following link for some examples of Medically Underserved Populations (MUP) as recognized by the Health Resources and Services Administration: https://bhw.hrsa.gov/grants/resourcecenter/glossary.

The Office of Graduate admissions will also concentrate their marketing efforts including marketing materials, web presence and direct outreach efforts focusing on these groups.