Frequently Asked Questions

 

WLU Physician Assistant Studies Master of Science

Acceptance (1)

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

A. For 2017’s matriculating class, interviewees will be accepted into the program on a rolling basis.  All applicants will be notified of their statuses no later than mid-June 2017.

Applying (13)

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 English 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 graduate

 

Q. How do I apply to the program?

A. Applications will be gathered through CASPA, a central applications agency for physician assistant programs.   Application procedures are found on the Admissions page.

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, 2017, early interview sessions will begin in October, 2016.

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. Students are only permitted to have 2 prerequisite courses in progress at the time of application.  All prerequisite requirements must be completed and verified before matriculation by submission of an official transcript.  Prerequisites may NOT be waived.

Q. Does your program accept on-line laboratories?

A.  No.  We will consider on-line courses for some of the course requirements however, on-line courses will not be accepted for any prerequisite science specific courses.

Q. What requirements are there to be considered for an early interview?

A.  Applicants who would like to be considered for an invitation to participate in an early interview session MUST  have a “verified” CAPSA application, as well as a WLU PA supplemental application with $25.00 application fee.  The deadline for receipt of both applications & the fee is August 1, 2016.

Q. What is the application deadline?

If you would like to be considered for an early interview we must receive your “verified” CASPA application, along with our supplemental application and $25.00 application fee by August 1, 2016.  Otherwise, the deadline for the 2016-17 application cycle is October 1, 2016.

Costs (4)

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

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

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, FASFA application.  Once you complete the FASFA, please contact the Tuition Assistance Office .

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, FASFA application.  Once you complete the FASFA, please contact the Tuition Assistance Office .

Interviews (3)

Q. When will interviews begin?

A. For the class beginning in July, 2017, early interview sessions will begin in October, 2016.

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 requirements are there to be considered for an early interview?

A.  Applicants who would like to be considered for an invitation to participate in an early interview session MUST  have a “verified” CAPSA application, as well as a WLU PA supplemental application with $25.00 application fee.  The deadline for receipt of both applications & the fee is August 1, 2016.

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.

Prerequisites (5)

Q. How do I apply to the program?

A. Applications will be gathered through CASPA, a central applications agency for physician assistant programs.   Application procedures are found on the Admissions page.

Q. Does your program accept on-line laboratories?

A.  No.  We will consider on-line courses for some of the course requirements however, on-line courses will not be accepted for any prerequisite science specific courses.

Program (19)

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 English 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.

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 graduate

 

Q. How do I apply to the program?

A. Applications will be gathered through CASPA, a central applications agency for physician assistant programs.   Application procedures are found on the Admissions page.

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, 2017, early interview sessions will begin in October, 2016.

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. Students are only permitted to have 2 prerequisite courses in progress at the time of application.  All prerequisite requirements must be completed and verified before matriculation by submission of an official transcript.  Prerequisites may NOT be waived.

Q. What type of institution is West Liberty University?

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

Q. What requirements are there to be considered for an early interview?

A.  Applicants who would like to be considered for an invitation to participate in an early interview session MUST  have a “verified” CAPSA application, as well as a WLU PA supplemental application with $25.00 application fee.  The deadline for receipt of both applications & the fee is August 1, 2016.

Q. Does your program accept on-line laboratories?

A.  No.  We will consider on-line courses for some of the course requirements however, on-line courses will not be accepted for any prerequisite science specific courses.

Requirements (9)

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 English 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.

Q. When will interviews begin?

A. For the class beginning in July, 2017, early interview sessions will begin in October, 2016.

Q. How do I apply to the program?

A. Applications will be gathered through CASPA, a central applications agency for physician assistant programs.   Application procedures are found on the Admissions page.

Q. Does your program accept on-line laboratories?

A.  No.  We will consider on-line courses for some of the course requirements however, on-line courses will not be accepted for any prerequisite science specific courses.

Q. What requirements are there to be considered for an early interview?

A.  Applicants who would like to be considered for an invitation to participate in an early interview session MUST  have a “verified” CAPSA application, as well as a WLU PA supplemental application with $25.00 application fee.  The deadline for receipt of both applications & the fee is August 1, 2016.