Selection Process & Acceptance

  • Selection process

    In order to determine preparedness for graduate studies each candidate will be evaluated and ranked on the following:

    • Baccalaureate Degree from a U.S. regionally accredited College or University.

    • Cumulative Grade Point Average (cGPA) as calculated by CASPA

    • Pre-requisite Grade Point Average (pGPA) as calculated by CASPA

    • Trends U60 Grade Point Average as calculated by CASPA

    • Physician Assistant College Admissions Test (PA-CAT)

    • Letters of Recommendation 

    • Personal Statement

    • CASPer®Test Score

    • Quality and length of prior health care experience

    • Direct health care experience serving disadvantaged populations

    • Rural health care experience

    • Military health care experience

    • Extracurricular activities

    • Performance during the interview

       

    The Pfeiffer University MS-PAS program will send conditional acceptance letters via email to the highest ranking, most qualified candidates on a weekly basis.

    Conditional acceptance is contingent on:

    • A non-refundable deposit of $500 to hold a seat

    • Required Criminal Background Check

     

  • Background Checks
    • All students who have been offered conditional acceptance must complete a criminal background check (which includes fingerprinting) prior to matriculation. The purpose of this requirement is to ensure safety and maintain high quality care of patients and the community.
    • All matriculated students must complete a second criminal background check upon completion of the didactic phase of the program.

    • Additional criminal background checks remain at the discretion of affiliated hospitals or clinics and/or the Pfeiffer University MS-PAS program.

    • A student may be prevented from progressing in the program’s didactic phase, being promoted to the clinical phase of the program or being recommended for graduation if the results of the criminal background check prohibits a student from rotating in affiliated hospitals or clinics. Therefore, the Pfeiffer University MS-PAS program reserves the right to withdraw offers of conditional acceptance if criminal or other negative legal histories are uncovered during the background check.

    • The Pfeiffer University MS-PAS program encourages candidates to verify with the State licensing board in which the wish to practice to determine whether their background may be a barrier to future licensing. North Carolina State Laws on Physician Assistant Licensure and Practice

  • Required Drug Screen
    • All students who have been offered conditional acceptance must successfully pass an initial chain of custody drug screen. The purpose of this requirement is to promote the health, safety and productivity of students and those in their care.

    • All matriculated students must complete and successfully pass a second chain of custody drug screen upon completion of the didactic phase prior to entering the clinical phase of the program.

    • Additional chain of custody drug screens and "for cause" testing for any student suspected of being under the influence of unlawful drugs or alcohol during their course of study remains at the discretion of affiliated hospitals or clinics and/or the Pfeiffer University MS-PAS program.

    • A student may be prevented from progressing in the program’s didactic phase, being promoted to the clinical phase of the program or being recommended for graduation if the student fails a chain of custody drug screen. Therefore, the Pfeiffer University MS-PAS program reserves the right to withdraw offers of conditional acceptance if the candidate fails the initial chain of custody drug screen.

  • Required Physical Examination
    • A comprehensive physical examination by a licensed medical provider must be completed indicating that the conditionally accepted applicant is free of infectious disease and has been medically cleared for admission.

    • The Student Health Packet includes instructions and the following forms:

      • Medical History

      • Physical Examination

      • Immunization Verification*

      • Chain of Custody Drug screen

      • Presentation of a valid CPR for Healthcare Providers certification

     

    Failure to comply with these contingencies will result in withdrawal of the conditional acceptance offer.

  • Acceptance

    A letter of final acceptance welcoming the candidate to the Pfeiffer University MS-PAS Program will be issued via e-mail when:

    • The non-refundable deposit of $500 is received.
    • The criminal background check report is received without any liabilities that may preclude the candidate from admission to the program.

    • The physical examination form is completed by a licensed healthcare provider clearing the candidate for admission to the program.

    • A valid CPR for Healthcare Providers certification is presented.

       

    Students who are not accepted will receive either a letter of alternate acceptance (wait list) or non-acceptance.

    *Student immunization requirements are based on the Centers for Disease Control Recommended Vaccines for Healthcare Workers