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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 required that the undergraduate grade point average, especially in science, be 3.0 or higher;
- Completed 12 semester hours (4 courses) 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 (2 courses) in Behavioral or Social Sciences. We only accept Psychology, Sociology, Human Growth and Development towards the behavioral science prerequisite. Anthropology, Humanities, and Criminology courses are not accepted.
- Completed a minimum of six semester hours in (2 courses) general chemistry and three semester hours (1 course) 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 5 years old must re-take the GRE and submit more recent scores. GRE scores must to be sent directly to the university by ETS to institutional code 5053, program code 0634 before the application is submitted. Applications without Official GRE scores will remain in pending status until they are received. GRE scores must be submitted no later than 30 business days after receipt of notification from Admissions Office.
- Submitted official college transcripts from all institutions to CASPA for verification (prerequisite credits that are more than ten years old may not be considered);
- Submitted three letters of recommendation, (from clinical work supervisors or clinical coworkers, and academicians);
- Evidence of prior experience in health care is highly recommended;
- Met the Program Technical and Professional Standards.
Once offered a seat of provisional acceptance, ALL official (sealed) transcripts and admission documents must to be mailed to Miami Campus for processing: Barry University Physician Assistant Program, 11300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami Shores, Florida 33161-6695 as we do not receive copies sent to CASPA.
In addition, though not a requirement for admission, students accepted into the Program must complete a course in medical terminology prior to matriculation. Accepted students must either provide a grade for Medical terminology on an official transcript or a Certificate of Completion in the course.
- 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.
Foreign-born non-U.S. or non-Canadian citizens must:
- 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;
- 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.
All applicants to the Barry University Physician Assistant Program must apply through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). Applicants may begin the application process by visiting the CASPA web site at https://caspa.liaisoncas.com. Applicants may apply to only one campus (Miami Shores, St. Petersburg, or St. Croix). Applicants invited for interviews will be invited only to their first choice site.
On occasion, a student offered a seat at the Barry campus at which they interviewed has requested to be seated at the other campus. Prior to considering such a request, the Program requires the student to visit the other campus for a tour of the facilities and to meet the Program faculty and staff. This helps assure that the student making the request is reasonably informed of what to expect when they matriculate.
Such requests are not routinely granted, and are made at the sole discretion of the Program Director, and only after the student visit and consultation with the faculty and staff who would receive the transfer. Should the request be denied, the admitted student will be processed in accordance with routine Program policies for admitted and matriculated students.
The Program uses a rolling admissions process, i.e., it reviews applications as they are completed and makes decisions throughout the admissions cycle. For this reason, it is in the applicant's best interests to apply as early as possible and to check the CASPA site frequently until all requirements including references have been submitted, and the application is complete. Well-qualified applicants who apply late in the cycle may not be admitted because the class may already be filled. It is possible that the class will fill after applicants have been invited to, but not completed, their scheduled interview. In that event, applicants will be notified and have the option of cancelling their interview, or interviewing for the wait list. The Program does not reimburse candidates for any costs incurred for changes to or cancellation of travel related to interviews.
The CASPA application is the only application required for admission; there is no supplemental application. The application portal opens in mid-April, and it is in the applicant’s best interest to apply as early as possible and submit all supplemental documentation (i.e., GRE scores, letters of recommendation, and evaluation forms) prior to October 15th. All applications must be verified by CASPA. This may take four to six weeks and will be further delayed if CASPA has not received letters of recommendations and transcripts. CASPA must forward the completed applications to the PA Program by December 1st. Applications that are received by the PA Program after December 1st will not be considered. Accepted applicants must submit two deposits of $500.00 each. Deposits are non-refundable.
Inquiries or communications concerning admissions should be addressed to the Physician Assistant Program Admissions Office. Telephone inquiries will be answered if the applicant calls (305) 899-3130 but email inquiries are preferred (please e-mail email@example.com).