You will be talking with Victoria Knight from your first question of interest all the way until you matriculate into the program. Welcome!
The successful candidate for admission to the Physician Assistant Program will have:
- a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited or internationally recognized college or university; it is highly recommended that the undergraduate grade point average, especially in science, be 3.0 or higher;
- applicants with foreign transcripts or non-grade transcripts must submit a degree equivalent evaluation (an original sealed report from a transcript evaluation service. A list of transcript evaluation service providers may be found at www.naces.org.);
- completed 12 semester hours in the biological sciences (examples include: general biology or zoology, anatomy, physiology, human genetics, microbiology, cell and molecular biology);
- completed at least six semester hours in behavioral or social sciences (examples include: psychology, sociology, and human growth and development); Anthropology, Humanities, and Criminology courses are not accepted.
- completed a minimum of six semester hours in general chemistry and three semester hours in either organic chemistry or biochemistry;
- taken the Graduate Record Examination (GRE); the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT) may not be substituted for the GRE; applicants whose GRE scores are more than five years old must re-take the GRE and submit more recent scores; GRE Scores to be sent directly by ETS to institutional code 5053 once the application is submitted.
- submitted a complete dossier of official college transcripts (prerequisite credits that are more than 10 years old may not be considered);
- ALL official (sealed) transcripts and admission documents to be mailed to Main Campus for processing after acceptance to the Program: Barry University Physician Assistant Program, 11300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami Shores, Florida 33161-6695;
- submitted three letters of recommendation (from clinical work supervisor or clinical coworkers and academicians);
- evidence of prior experience in health care is highly recommended;
- met the Program Technical and Professional Standards
In addition, though not a requirement for admission, students accepted into the Program must complete a course in medical terminology prior to matriculation.
An interview is required and is extended only at the invitation of the Admissions Committee. The Committee strongly recommends that all documentation be complete prior to the interview.
In addition to the above, foreign-born non-U.S. or non-Canadian citizens must:
- have attended a college or university in the United States for a minimum of one year prior to application;
- submit test scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), be able to express themselves clearly to others in spoken English, and have the ability to understand rapidly spoken colloquial English.
Selection will be made by committee and is based upon the above criteria. Candidates are evaluated in the context of the applicant pool for the year in which they seek to matriculate. Therefore, the admission process for the PA program is highly competitive. Candidates are considered on the basis of their overall GRE, undergraduate and graduate GPA, their health care experience, letters of recommendation, the interview and their personal statement.
Individuals selected for admission must exhibit the necessary interpersonal skills, physical, psychological, and behavioral capacities to satisfactorily fulfill the rigorous requirements of the program.
As part of an agreement with the University Partnership Center at St. Petersburg College, up to four students per year, who graduated from St. Petersburg College and who are admitted into the program in St. Petersburg, will receive a tuition discount of 20%.
USVI residents, who meet all the physician assistant (PA) program admission requirements, are granted a preference for admission to the USVI campus at the time the PA Faculty Admissions Committee considers their application. The program also offers a 20% tuition discount to up to four students per year, who are VI residents at the time of their acceptance into the PA program, provided the matriculating student agrees in writing to commit to practice for at least two years in the USVI upon graduation. Graduates choosing not to fulfill their service obligation will be required to pay back the amount of discounted tuition to Barry University.
Advanced Standing and Transfer Policy
Due to considerable variation in physician assistant programs throughout the United States, students of other PA programs will not be accepted for transfer into the Program. In addition, applicants to the Program may not receive "advanced standing" based upon previous education or credits taken. Foreign medical graduates must complete the Program in its entirety.