All programs operate in accordance with the ARC-PA Standards, but programs may focus on specific populations, regions, teaching methods, etc. In addition, each program is unique, and has some things that make it stand out from the other programs.
|Mission||The CWRU Physician Assistant Program strives to improve access to health care through the education and development of compassionate, highly competent physician assistants who are prepared to provide quality, patient-centered care in a collaborative environment and who are dedicated to: Clinical Competence‚Äö√Ñ√ÆUtilizing an investigative and analytic approach to clinical situations and providing care that is evidence-based, safe and equitable. Instilling an appreciation of the importance of life-long learning and a commitment to scholarship. Medical Professionalism‚Äö√Ñ√ÆImproving access to high-quality health care by providing care with respect, compassion and integrity. Advocating for a just and cost-effective distribution of finite resources and maintaining trust by managing conflicts of interest. Leadership‚Äö√Ñ√ÆWorking effectively with health care professionals as a member or leader of a health care team or other professional/community group. Mentoring and developing future leaders within the profession and the community. Advancing the formal pursuit of clinical and scientific scholarship in the PA profession. Community Outreach‚Äö√Ñ√ÆDemonstrating responsibility and accountability to patients, society and the profession through active community involvement and volunteerism. Cultural Humility‚Äö√Ñ√ÆEnhancing sensitivity and developing the ability to function effectively to meet the needs of a diverse patient population. Promotion of an inclusive culture of global citizenship. Innovation‚Äö√Ñ√ÆUtilizing the power of collaboration and visionary thinking to develop innovative solutions to address the healthcare needs of our nation.|
|Notable Features||The Case Western Reserve University PA program includes community service and experiential learning as components of its curriculum.|
Some programs offer a preprofessional degree designed to prepare students for a full professional PA program. Some programs also offer online masters programs designed to provide graduate education to someone with an undergraduate professional PA degree.
|Online Masters Degree||No|
The program website and any social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) are maintained by the program.
Some programs have created support systems and pathways for veterans to help them more easily transition into civilian life and matriculate into PA school. These include:
|Yellow Ribbon Program||—|
General information about the degree offered, the size and length of the program, whether the program can be pursued part-time, etc.
|Class Start Date||
No information provided
|Class Duration||27 months|
No information provided
|Campus||School of Medicine|
|On-Campus Housing||Not available|
|Distance & Online Learning||No|
|Accept Transfer Students||No|
Some programs may accept applications from people who are not US citizens. International applicants may be required to submit educational documentation for review, demonstrate proficiency in English, and other additional requirements.
|Additional information||More information|
Many programs are members of CASPA, the central application service for PA programs. Applications to these programs are submitted through the CASPA website. Applications to non-CASPA programs are submitted directly to the individual programs.
There are three kinds of CASPA program deadlines:
Deadlines for non-CASPA programs have different meanings depending on the program. Check the program's website for complete details.
November 1, 2021
Programs may design their individual courses or their entire curriculum around particular learning methodologies and styles. These include:
|Curriculum Design||Early Clinical Exposure|
|Course Design||No special focus|
Mailing address and other contact details for the admissions office. The admissions office may be in a different city and state than the program's main campus.
9501 Euclid Avenue
Samson Pavilion, Room 421J
Cleveland, OH 44106-4969
Tuition listed is for the entire duration of the program. Some programs may include student fees and other costs into the tuition figure.
Programs may require specific exams such as the GRE or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). If the program accepts the MCAT in place of the GRE, it is noted here. TOEFL, IELTS, and PTE requirements are for international or non-native English speaking applicants unless otherwise specified by the program. See the program's website for details.
|GRE||Required — MCAT not accepted in place of GRE|
|TOEFL||Required (for international applicants)|
Programs may recommend or require health care experience. If health care experience is required, the program will specify the kinds of experiences that are acceptable and the minimum number of hours.
No information provided
Programs may require one or more of the following: a minimum overall GPA; a minimum GPA for prerequisite coursework; and a minimum GPA for science coursework. Programs calculuate minimum science GPAs differently, so details are provided if a minimum science GPA is required.
|Overall GPA||No minimum|
|Science GPA||No minimum|
Programs may require recommendation letters from specific people: university professors, physician assistants that you've worked with, etc.
|Anyone specific?||One from a healthcare professional who has known the applicant for at least 6 months|
Programs may require a supplemental application. This may be an application to the graduate school, or additional information that is not provided in the CASPA application.
Programs may have a number of specific required courses that applicants must complete prior to matriculating. This is not meant to be a comprehensive list of required coursework, but to identify some typical classes that are required by programs. For a complete list of prerequisites and course substitutions, visit the program's website.
|Name||Lower Level||Upper Level||Lab|
|Biology - Cell|
|Biology - General|
|Biology - Genetics|
|Biology - Immunology|
|Biology - Microbiology/Bacteriology|
|Biology - Virology|
|Chemistry - Biochemistry|
|Chemistry - General|
|Chemistry - Organic|
|Physiology - General|
|English - Composition|
|English - Literature|
|English - Speech|
|Math - Algebra|
|Math - Calculus|
|Math - General|
|Math - Precalculus|
|Math - Statistics|
|Psychology - Abnormal|
|Psychology - Developmental|
|Psychology - General|