Prerequisites and Conditions for Admission

 

WLU Physician Assistant Studies Master of Science Physician Assistant and patient

Students qualified to apply to the West Liberty University Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies degree program will have:

  • A Bachelor’s degree (B.S. or B.A.)
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 overall and a 3.0 GPA in science, on a 4.0 scale
  • One year of General Chemistry with laboratory (8 units minimum) - OR -  Inorganic Chemistry + Organic Chemistry + Biochemistry (all three) with lab (8 units minimum).  Note:  a single, combined course in organic, inorganic, and biochemistry will not meet this requirement.
  • Microbiology with laboratory (minimum of 4 credits with lab)
  • One year of Anatomy and Physiology (human) with laboratory (minimum 8 units)
  • A Psychology course (General, Introductory or Developmental)
  • A course in the Humanities/Social Sciences
  • 1 year of English or Writing
  • College level Algebra, Pre-Calculus, Calculus or Statistics (one course)
  • Basic computer literacy including the ability to use Microsoft WORD,  e-mail, and conduct web-based and electronic database searches
  • Students from non-English speaking countries and those whose primary language is not English must provide Evidence of English Language Proficiency.
  • Three letters of recommendation will also be required.  (At least one of these must be from a person with which the applicant worked or from a professor). The reference letters must address the applicant’s personal qualities, ability to work with others, and ability to be an empathetic provider.
  • A personal statement addressing the individual’s motivation for entering the program and expectations from the program will be evaluated.

International Student Applicants:

In addition to the requirements listed above, please submit:

1) Proof of English Proficiency: Please submit one of the following test results:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): a minimum score of 80 for the internet-based test (IBT)) or 550 for the paper-based test (PBT). West Liberty code is TOEFL 5901.  Arrangements for the TOEFL test can be made by visiting the TOEFL website.
  • International English Language Testing (IELTS): band score of 6
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE academic):  score of 54
  • EIKEN:  Grade  Pre-1
    **Tests taken more than two (2) years prior to the date submitted cannot be accepted**

2) Credit Certification: Have all your coursework and credits from institutions outside of the United States evaluated by a credential evaluation service provider (e.g. World Education Services (WES), Global Credential Evaluators (GCE), Association of International Credentials Evaluators (AICE), American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO), etc.

3) Proof of Financial Support: Submit adequate documentation of financial support for one academic year (12 months). (e.g. Official bank statement, sponsorship award letters, scholarship awards, Affidavit of Support (DHS Form I-134), etc.

4) Copy of your ID page in your passport.

Technical Requirements

Applicants must be able to meet the technical requirements to successfully complete the program.

Recommended

  • PA Shadowing
  • Knowledge of medical terminology and statistics
  • A foundation in biochemistry and genetics

Preferences for Selection

  • Patient care experience is preferred
  • A record of community service
  • West Liberty University graduates
  • West Virginia  residency

Transfer of Credit

  • The WLU PA Program does not accept transfer of credit for any of the PA courses, either in the didactic or the clinical phase of the curriculum.

Screening Evaluation

Candidates will be issued screening exams during the interview process in the following areas: (1) Writing , (2) Basic Math, (3) Medical Terminology, and (4) Reading Comprehension.  Applicants must be proficient in writing and reading comprehension to be accepted into the program. Math and Medical Terminology evaluations will not be used to determine acceptance into the program but rather to see where the applicant stands. The Basic Math and Medical Terminology exams will be graded and candidates will be allowed to review them for self-evaluation.

Advanced Placement (Prior Education and Training/Experience)

The WLU  PA Program does not award advanced placement in either the didactic phase or the clinical phase. No advanced standing or placement will be granted for prior medical education or training/experience.

Student Work Policies

Due to the rigorous academic coursework of the WLU PA Program, students are strongly discouraged from working during the course of study. Students who choose to work must inform the Chair/Program Director in writing. If employment  affects a student’s performance or causes a pattern of concern (e.g. failing grades, interfering with academic or clinical duties, or sustained marginal performance), the student will be subjected to administrative  action up to and including dismissal from the program. A student who fails a course, and when reviewed as a whole, it is determined that the student will likely succeed, will be decelerated and allowed to reenter the program at the appropriate time when the course is again presented. A student who fails a clinical rotation will be required to repeat the rotation. Any student who fails a repeated course or clinical rotation will be dismissed from the program.

A criminal background check, drug screening, and health screening will be required of all successful applicants upon matriculation and prior to clinical rotations. Applicants are responsible for researching whether any background history will preclude licensure, ability to obtain Drug Enforcement Agency and/or state prescriptive privileges before applying to the program. Drug screening will be conducted during the first year and as needed.

Health Insurance

Students must submit proof of health insurance coverage by the time of matriculation. See health insurance policy under Program Costs.

Immunizations and Health Screening Requirements

West Liberty University requires that its students, staff and faculty be up to date on the following immunizations and skin tests. Students are expected to have these immunization current upon matriculation and updated as needed prior to beginning their clinical clerkships.

Tuberculosis (TB) Must be completed within the six months prior to entering the  program.  Applicants with a history of positive tests must provide documentation of appropriate screening and treatment.  Prior BCG immunization does not preclude skin testing.
Tetanus-Diphtheria Primary series of 4 doses with DTaP or DTP; booster within the past 5 years.
Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) Series of 2 doses. Dose 1 at 12-15 months or later, dose 2 at 4-6 yrs or later  and at least one month apart from the 1st.
Rubella Immunization or positive titer in your lifetime.
Mumps Immunization, disease or positive antibody titer in your lifetime.
Influenza Immunization is required each year.
Hepatitis B A series of three immunizations and serological testing for antibody to show proof of immunity is required.
Chicken Pox (Varicella) A series of 2 vaccines is required. History of disease is acceptable.  If no documentation of vaccine or disease, a positive test for antibody is acceptable.

Bacterial Menningitis immunization is strongly recommended. See links below:

CDC – Meningitis

NMA - State Policy 

Health Screening and Immunization Verification

A health screening and immunization record form is to be completed by the successful candidate and forwarded to the Health Services Center as part of the application process prior to, and as a condition of, matriculation. Students will be required to update their health status and immunizations, prior to entering the clinical phase of the program. Health screening, immunizations, and tests are available at the Student Health Services center. Candidates and students may obtain the immunizations from their own health care provider, but will still need to show proof and obtain clearance from the campus Student Health Services.  Students must provide documentation of immunization or make arrangements with the Student Health Services to meet these requirements.

Documentation of compliance with these requirements (i.e., clearance from Student Health Services) is provided to the Department of PA Sciences for inclusion in the student’s permanent record. Students must sign an authorization that allows the Student Health Services office to provide documentation that the health and immunization requirements have been met.

Transportation

Students must have reliable transportation in order to report to clinical sites and other scheduled program events.