Frequently Asked Questions

 

Acceptance (1)

Q. When will I be notified if I am accepted into the program?

A. For the 2015 incoming class, all successful candidates will be notified of their acceptance into the program on a rolling basis, no later than mid-June 2015.

Applying (8)

Q. What GPA must I have to apply to the program?

A. To apply to the program, one must have a 3.0 GPA overall and a 3.0 GPA in the Sciences.

Q. Is the GRE or MCAT required to apply to the program?

A. The GRE or MCAT is not required to apply to the program. Screening exams in Math, Composition and Medical Terminology will be administered during the interview process.

Q. Are there preferences in the selection process?

A. The following are preferences and not prerequisites:

  • A background in a health-related field
  • Community service
  • West Virginia residency
  • West Liberty University grad

 

Q. How do I apply to the program?

A. Applications for the class matriculating in July, 2014 will be taken through CASPA, a central applications agency for physician assistant programs. An application package is found under Admissions in theProgram Website at: http://www.westliberty.edu/physician-assistant/admissions/application-procedure/

Q. If I meet the minimum requirements, will I be invited for an interview?

A. Whether you are invited for an interview depends on the make-up of the applicant pool. The most qualified candidates will be invited for an interview. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee an interview.

Q. When will interviews begin?

A. For the class beginning in July, 2015, interviews are expected to begin in January 2015.

Q. What are my chances of getting into the program?

A. Your chances of getting into the program are influenced by the characteristics of the applicant pool and include factors such as GPA, references, interview performance and number of applicants.

Q. Can I be admitted to the program while still completing prerequisites for my undergraduate degree?

A. Occasionally an exceptional candidate may be admitted to the program if a course or two is in the process of completion. All requirements must however, be completed and verified before matriculation.

Costs (4)

Q. Is there a fee associated with applying to the program?

A. There is a $25.00 application fee which may be submitted by check or money-order.

Q. How much will the program cost?

A. The cost of the program including tuition, books and fees can be found at:    http://www.westliberty.edu/physician-assistant/admissions/program-costs/

Q. Does the institution provide assistance with tuition funding?

A. Assistance with tuition funding may be obtained through the Financial Aid Office.

Q. Can I apply for Tuition Assistance?

A. Yes. We recommend that if you have not completed a FASFA, that you do this right away. To access the FASFA application go to:   http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/.  Once you complete the FASFA, please contact the Tuition Assistance Office at: http://www.westliberty.edu/physician-assistant/admissions/financial-aid/

Grants, Scholarships & Assistance (3)

Q . Does the physician assistant program provide grants or scholarships?

A.  At this time, no grants or scholarships are provided by the program.

Q. Does the institution provide assistance with tuition funding?

A. Assistance with tuition funding may be obtained through the Financial Aid Office.

Q. Can I apply for Tuition Assistance?

A. Yes. We recommend that if you have not completed a FASFA, that you do this right away. To access the FASFA application go to:   http://www.fafsa.ed.gov/.  Once you complete the FASFA, please contact the Tuition Assistance Office at: http://www.westliberty.edu/physician-assistant/admissions/financial-aid/

Housing (1)

Q. Is housing available on campus?

A. Yes. For detailed information please go to:   http://www.westliberty.edu/residence-life/

Interviews (2)

Q. When will interviews begin?

A. For the class beginning in July, 2015, interviews are expected to begin in January 2015.

Q. If I meet the minimum requirements, will I be invited for an interview?

A. Whether you are invited for an interview depends on the make-up of the applicant pool. The most qualified candidates will be invited for an interview. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee an interview.

Job Search (1)

Q. After program completion, is job search assistance provided?

A. Yes, WLU has a Career Services Office, Mrs. Bridgette Dawson is the Director. Services include interviewing strategies, resume preparation, networking, and job leads.

Program (13)

Q. When does the Physician Assistant program at West Liberty University begin?

A.  West Liberty University matriculated it’s first class in July, 2012.  Every new class thereafter, will also matriculate each July.

Q. How long is the course of study?

A. The physician assistant program is a 24-month long program and consists of 12 months of didactic course work and 12 months of clinical experience.

Q. How many classes are admitted each year?

A. One class will be admitted each July.

Q. What degree will be given upon successful completion of the program?

A. Upon successful completion of the program, candidates will be awarded the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) degree.

Q. What GPA must I have to apply to the program?

A. To apply to the program, one must have a 3.0 GPA overall and a 3.0 GPA in the Sciences.

Q. Is the GRE or MCAT required to apply to the program?

A. The GRE or MCAT is not required to apply to the program. Screening exams in Math, Composition and Medical Terminology will be administered during the interview process.

Q. Are there additional requirements for the program?

A. All candidates must be able to pass a background check and a drug test before being admitted to the program. Students must also pass subsequent background checks and drug tests once admitted to the program. Students must also meet the Technical Requirements. To view the technical standards go to: http://www.westliberty.edu/physician-assistant/admissions/technical-standards/

Q. Are there preferences in the selection process?

A. The following are preferences and not prerequisites:

  • A background in a health-related field
  • Community service
  • West Virginia residency
  • West Liberty University grad

 

Q. If I meet the minimum requirements, will I be invited for an interview?

A. Whether you are invited for an interview depends on the make-up of the applicant pool. The most qualified candidates will be invited for an interview. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee an interview.

Q. What are my chances of getting into the program?

A. Your chances of getting into the program are influenced by the characteristics of the applicant pool and include factors such as GPA, references, interview performance and number of applicants.

Q. Can I be admitted to the program while still completing prerequisites for my undergraduate degree?

A. Occasionally an exceptional candidate may be admitted to the program if a course or two is in the process of completion. All requirements must however, be completed and verified before matriculation.

Q. What type of institution is West Liberty University?

A. West Liberty University is a four-year state-assisted institution.

Requirements (3)

Q. What GPA must I have to apply to the program?

A. To apply to the program, one must have a 3.0 GPA overall and a 3.0 GPA in the Sciences.

Q. Is the GRE or MCAT required to apply to the program?

A. The GRE or MCAT is not required to apply to the program. Screening exams in Math, Composition and Medical Terminology will be administered during the interview process.

Q. Are there additional requirements for the program?

A. All candidates must be able to pass a background check and a drug test before being admitted to the program. Students must also pass subsequent background checks and drug tests once admitted to the program. Students must also meet the Technical Requirements. To view the technical standards go to: http://www.westliberty.edu/physician-assistant/admissions/technical-standards/