Admission to PA programs is quite competitive. We seek the most highly qualified students who have a demonstrated capacity to excel academically and show the most promise of becoming PAs who will exemplify our program’s mission. The information provided here is a guide to help you plan your coursework, program prerequisites and other required items.
Completion of the minimum prerequisite courses does not necessarily guarantee an interview or admission. Courses in advanced physiology, pathophysiology, microbiology, immunology, genetics, statistics, organic chemistry and biochemistry are highly recommended.
Prerequisites may be in-progress or planned at the time of application, but must be completed by December 2015 and bachelor’s degree must be completed prior to June 2016 matriculation. Any in-progress or planned coursework will be requested as part of the application process. Acceptance will be conditional upon successful completion of prerequisites.
Review of an application may be delayed if the number of completed prerequisites is determined to be too few upon which to make a determination.
All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.
To participate in the Physician Assistant (PA) program at JWU, each student, with or without reasonable accommodations, must be able to safely and effectively meet the following technical standards.
Technical Standards of the PA ProgramTechnical standards, as distinguished from academic standards, refer to those physical, cognitive, and behavioral abilities that a student must be able to perform in order to be admitted to, to progress satisfactorily and to graduate from the PA program, and subsequently enter clinical practice.
If you are accepted to the program, you must sign a certification statement before matriculation. This signed statement certifies that you believe you will be able to meet the Technical Standards with reasonable accommodations.
All students must possess aptitude, ability, and skills in the following 5 areas:
Observation The student must be able to acquire a defined level of required information as presented through demonstrations and experiences in the basic sciences.
He or she must also be able to directly and accurately observe a patient at a distance and close at hand, with or without standard medical instrumentation. A student must be able to observe a patient’s demeanor, see a patient’s physical condition, and obtain a medical history and perform a physical examination correctly on the patient.
The student must be able to integrate the information derived from these observations and develop an accurate diagnostic and treatment plan. These skills require the functional use of vision, hearing, smell, and somatic sensation.
Furthermore, a student must be able to:
The use of a trained intermediary is not acceptable reasonable accommodation in many clinical situations in that it implies that a student’s judgment must be mediated by someone else's power of selection and observation.
CommunicationStudents must be able to relate effectively to patients while conveying compassion and empathy. They must be able to clearly communicate with patients in order to elicit information, accurately describe changes in mood, activity and posture of patients, and understand verbal as well as nonverbal communication.
Communication includes not only speech, but reading and writing. Physician assistant education presents exceptional challenges in the volume and breadth of reading required to master subject areas and impart the information to others.
Students must be able to communicate quickly, effectively, and efficiently in oral and written English in the classroom and with patients and all members of the health care team. Specific requirements include, but are not limited to, the following:
Sensory and Motor Coordination and FunctionStudents must possess sufficient sensory and motor function to perform physical examinations using palpation, auscultation, percussion and other diagnostic maneuvers. This requires sufficient exteroceptive sense (visual, auditory, touch and temperature), coordination to manipulate patients and adequate motor skills to operate diagnostic instruments. Students must be able to:
Intellectual, Conceptualization, Integration and QuantitationProblem-solving, a critical skill demanded of physician assistants, often requires rapid intellectual function, especially in emergency situations. These intellectual functions include numerical recognition, measurement, calculations, reasoning, analysis, judgment, synthesis and application.
Students must be able to identify significant findings in the patient’s history, physical examination and laboratory data, provide a reasoned explanation for likely diagnoses, and choose appropriate medications and therapy.
It is essential the student is able to incorporate new information, from many sources, toward the formulation of a diagnosis and plan and recall information in an efficient and timely manner.
Professionally sound and evidence-based judgment in patient assessment and diagnostic/therapeutic planning is also essential. When appropriate, students must be able to identify and communicate the extent of their knowledge to others.
Abilities, Aptitudes, Behaviors and Social SkillsStudents must possess:
Students must be able to:
Students are, at times, required to work for extended periods of time, occasionally with rotating schedules. They must be able to adapt to changing environments, to display flexibility and to learn to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in the practice of medicine. Students must be able to accept suggestions and criticisms, and if necessary, to respond by modifying their behavior.
These functions critically important and must be autonomously performed by the student. It should be understood that these are standards for minimum competence in the program.
Collectively, these technical standards are essential to the PA program and also reflect industry requirements and standards.
AccommodationsJohnson & Wales University complies with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as well as state and local laws which prohibit institutions of higher education from discriminating against students with disabilities.
Although all PA applicants and students are held to the same technical standards, reasonable accommodations are provided upon request to qualified individuals with a disability.
Review the Center for Academic Support’s documentation regarding accommodations and policies.
To request a reasonable accommodation, accepted PA applicants and students can contact the Center for Academic Support at 401-598-1485.
The integrity of the curriculum must be maintained and those elements deemed essential to the education of a physician assistant must be required and completed.
All applicants must be able to understand and communicate in English to be admitted to the university. If the applicant is from a non-English speaking country and/or for whom English is a second language, a score from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) must be submitted by the application deadline. The score must be greater than 80 for internet-based exam or 550 for paper-based exam (foreign graduates).
The Admissions Committee reserves the right to make changes or exceptions to the admission policies and procedures without notice when it deems such a decision is appropriate.
For questions about these policies, contact Katie Spolidoro, 401-598-2381.
The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Physician Assistant Studies Program at Johnson and Wales University.
The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA), the accrediting agency that defines the standards for PA education within the territorial US, has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Physician Assistant Studies Program at Johnson & Wales University.
About Provisional Status
Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status. The status indicates that the plans and resource allocation for the proposed program appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards, if fully implemented as planned. Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than 5 years from matriculation of the first class.
Successful graduates will receive a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) from JWU and will be qualified to take the Physician Assistant National Certification Exam (PANCE) that is required for licensure as a physician assistant.
Review the Program Prerequisites
Prior to applying via CASPA, familiarize yourself with our admissions prerequisites, which will help you assemble the necessary documentation.
Apply now through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA).
If you are accepted, your official transcript(s) from all colleges and universities attended may be sent directly to:Physician Assistant Admissions8 Abbott Park PlaceProvidence, RI 02903
Application ChecklistCASPA Application: Applications for June 2015 enrollment are due by March 1. Learn more about CASPA fees and payments.
All applications must be submitted directly to CASPA. Our CASPA admissions cycle begins in mid-April each year, with a deadline of March 1st of the following year.
Applications are reviewed by the Physician Assistant Program Admissions Committee, which evaluates applicants’ overall qualifications. Qualified applicants are offered an on-campus interview to assess interpersonal and communication skills, as well as overall commitment to a career as a PA.
After each interview day, qualified candidates will be offered acceptance into JWU’s PA program. Candidates that are not offered admissions after the interview may be placed on a wait list. Students that are selected from the wait list will be notified immediately of their acceptance.
After an offer of acceptance is made by JWU, the applicant will have 4 weeks to accept or decline the offer.
Once an applicant accepts an offer, a $1,000 non-refundable tuition deposit must be made to JWU. This deposit will hold the applicant’s place in the class. The total deposit fee will be applied to the cost of tuition once the student matriculates.
Before matriculation, accepted applicants must:
Obtain a physical exam and provide documented proof of program- and university-required immunizations as listed in our Graduate Catalog. Program immunization requirements are based on current Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations for health professionals. Students may also be required to meet the physical examination requirements of the facility or facilities providing clinical education in connection with the program. These facilities may have specific requirements in addition to JWU’s requirements.Meet the CDC Immunization Recommendations for Health Care Personnel (134K PDF)Provide proof of a negative national criminal background check performed by the program-approved agency. These are required by clinical training sites and state licensing boards. Students will be subject to drug screens as required by clinical training sites. These are both costs to the student and paid directly to the screening agency.Provide documented proof of a current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers certification.This information must be presented prior to registration. Matriculation is subject to completion of these requirements and submission of appropriate documentation.
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Prerequisites may be in-progress or planned at the time of application, but MUST be completed by December 2014.
Bachelor’s degree must be completed prior to the program’s June 2015 matriculation.
Bachelor’s degree and all prerequisite courses MUST have been completed at a regionally accredited United States institution(s).
Use JWU’s school code: 0468.
For admissions or program-related questions, contact Katie Spolidoro, 401-598-2381.
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