The Admissions Committee will select from among those candidates who show the most promise of becoming outstanding PAs. We will look for intelligent, mature and highly motivated students from diverse educational and cultural backgrounds who will have the potential to become compassionate, competent health care providers and team members. We will review each application individually on his or her own merit. Admission decisions are based on the evaluation of the applicant’s academic record, personal statement, previous medical experience, letters of recommendation, and the formal interview (see prerequisites at http://www.westliberty.edu/physician-assistant/admissions/prerequisites/). We expect applicants to have some awareness of the nature of medical care as it is practiced today and to be able to commit themselves to a profession dedicated to providing compassionate, quality care to the sick and injured. Many of our students will have medical exposure in fields such as military corpsman, nurse, surgical tech, respiratory therapy, and EMT.
The university and program are committed to equal opportunity for men and women, and does not discriminate on the basis race,gender, national origin, or sexual orientation. Reasonable accommodations will be made for applicants with handicaps, however, as part of the admission process, all applicants must meet the technical standards requirements .
Preference will be given to applicants who have prior health care experience, a record of community service, graduates of West Liberty University and those who are residents of West Virginia.
January 15, 2014 is the application deadline for the next class beginning August 1, 2014.
A Supplemental Application is required.
There is a $25.00 application fee. Please submit in the form of a check or money order with the Supplemental Application.
For prerequisite and conditions of application/admission, please go to: http://www.westliberty.edu/physician-assistant/admissions/prerequisites/
Step 1: Fill out the application here: https://portal.caspaonline.org/
Step 2: Download, complete and submit the Supplemental Application form with a recent passport-size picture taken from the front, and a $25.00 application fee to:
West Liberty University
Admissions Office – PA
208 University Drive
College Union Box 101
West Liberty, WV 26074
Download Supplemental Application form here: Supplemental Application – Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies
Foreign educated applicants must also submit the required additional materials. For these requirements, please visit: http://www.westliberty.edu/physician-assistant/admissions/prerequisites/
English testing results and evaluation of foreign transcripts must be sent directly from the evaluating agency to the university.
Step 3: Select applicants will be invited to West Liberty University campus for personal interviews. At that time applicants will also be asked to write a brief essay and take screening exams in Basic Math and Medical Terminology. Students must have good writing ability to enter into the program. The math and medical terminology exam will not be used to determine admission into the program, but rather to evaluate the applicant’s status in these areas. The math and medical terminology screening exams will be graded and returned to candidates at the end of the interview for self-analysis.
Step 4: The Admissions Office or PA Department will notify you of your application status once your application and interview have been reviewed and acted on by the Admissions Committee. Successful candidates will be sent a notification of acceptance into the program.
Step 5: A confirmation and deposit is required to hold your place in the class and to confirm your acceptance. You will not be allowed to register until the deposit is received. The deposit fee is $500. The fee will be applied toward your first term’s tuition. Should you decide not to attend, this deposit is nonrefundable.
Note: Official admittance into the program is contingent on receipt and verification of all official transcripts and other supporting documents. Selected candidates must also pass a Background Check and a Drug Test.