Dec 01, 2021  
2021-2022 Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Catalog

Master of Physician Assistant Studies


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Department Chair: Sandra Stennett
Director of Clinical Education: Kenton Cummins
Clinical Coordinator: Jessica Bickley
Medical Director: Dr. Robert Bunnell
Assistant Professor: Nicholas Dean

Pre-requisites

The Physician Assistant Program at Weber State University is a non-thesis, 24-month graduate level program  awarding the Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) degree upon completion. One class of 20 students is enrolled in January of each year. Applications are accepted starting in April (date established by CASPA) with a deadline for completed application on October 1st. All application materials including official GRE/MCAT scores, three recommendations, and college transcripts must be received by CASPA by our October 1st  deadline.

To achieve our desired standard of quality, meet accreditation standards, and provide students with an educational  experience of exceptional caliber, Weber State University Physician Assistant Program (WSUPAP) requires the  highest standards for its applicants. Requirements for being considered as an applicant to the program are outlined  below.

Undergraduate Degree

To be eligible to apply to the WSUPA, students will have earned a baccalaureate degree (or higher), with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in science and overall undergraduate coursework, from an institution accredited by the Commission on Colleges of a Regional Accrediting Organization. College seniors are eligible to apply, provided they will receive their baccalaureate degree prior to the month start date, and provided they have the required number of clinical hours and provided they have met all of the other prerequisites required by the program.

Those candidates who received baccalaureate degrees from colleges and institutions outside of the United States must complete at least one year (30 semester hours) of additional undergraduate or graduate study at a U.S. college or university prior to application to the program.

Pre-requisite Coursework

All applicants must complete the following prerequisite coursework at a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher learning with a grade of “C” or better prior to matriculation into the Weber State Physician Assistant Program. All specified prerequisite courses are required; no substitutions for prerequisite coursework will be accepted.

Science Courses Description
Human Anatomy with Lab (1) Must be “Human” and encompass the complete study of anatomy of all major systems of the human body; (2) Human cadaver lab strongly encouraged; (3) Comparative or Vertabrate Anatomy will not be accepted.
Human Physiology with
Lab
(1) Must be “Human” and encompass the complete study of the physiology of all major systems of the human body; (2) Human cadaver lab strongly encouraged; (3) Exercise Physiology does not satisfy this requirement.

2-semester combined Human Anatomy & Physiology course sequences are acceptable, but must be completed at the same institution.

Science Courses Description
Microbiology with Lab (1) A general or medical Microbiology course is acceptable. (2) Individual courses in bacteriology, virology, mycology, or parasitology do not satisfy this requirement.
Upper Level Biology 1 with Lab Student choice of cell biology, molecular biology, embryology, genetics, histology, immunology, neuroscience, pathophysiology, or pharmacology.
Upper Level Biology 2 with Lab Student choice of cell biology, molecular biology, embryology, genetics, histology, immunology, neuroscience, pathophysiology, or pharmacology.

Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Pathophysiology, and Pharmacolgy are highly recommended as Upper Level Biology 1 and 2 coursework.

Non-Science Courses Description
Statistics Course directed towards an understanding of foundational statistics.
Psychology Student choice of Introductory, Developmental, or Abnormal Psychology.
Medical Terminology Any course in Medical Terminology – online course is acceptable.

Additional Information Regarding Pre-requisite Coursework

  • All prerequisite coursework must be completed at a regionally accredited U.S. higher education institution within 10 years of anticipated program matriculation, and be verifiable through official transcripts. Transcripts must be received by WSU by the date the application is submitted.
  • Prerequisite science courses must be at least 3 semester / 4 quarter hour credits, including required labs
  • Prerequisite courses must be taken for a letter grade. Courses taken on a “pass/fail” or “credit/ non-credit” basis will not be considered.
  • All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or higher and applicants must have a cumulative prerequisite GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • With the acception of Medical Terminology, online prerequisite courses are not accepted.
  • Because of the cohort, sequential nature of the PA program curriculum, Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) courses, credit for experiential learning, or courses completed as part of a professional degree will not be accepted for any course required as part of the PA curriculum. All students granted admission must fulfill all program requirements.
  • Due to the number of applications received, we are unable to review transcript content for prospective applicants. All course requirements and prerequisites are as stated on the web page.
  • The WSU Physician Assistant Program gives preference to applicants who attended Weber State University for undergraduate work.
  • International Student Applications 
    • Applicants for whom English is a second language must submit a copy of their TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with a minimum score of 80 for the internet-based test (IBT) and 550 for the paper-based test (PBT).
    • Applicants who have completed coursework and/or obtained a degree from an educational institution outside the United States are required to have their educational credentials evaluated by any National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) accredited services such as World Education Services (WES) or Education Credential Evaluators (ECE). Evaluation reports should be sent directly from the credentialing service to the WSU PA Program.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Applicants with baccalaureate degrees are required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) to be considered for acceptance to the WSU PA Program; no other test scores will be accepted in lieu of the GRE. The GRE is not required from applicants who have already acquired a U.S.Master’s degree or higher. Scores must be directly reported from The Educational Testing Service (ETS) to WSU CASPA code #### by Mo/Day of the year you apply. WSU will not accept scores reported directly to the University. We encourage applicants to follow up with CASPA to assure that scores are posted to the application in a timely manner.

Patient Care/Clinical Experience

Due to the rigorous and accelerated nature of PA education, a minimum of 1000 hours of direct, hands-on patient care experience must be accrued at the time of application, and recorded as part of the official CASPA application. Applicants who have held positions requiring autonomous, high-level decision making as part of their clinical experience will be most competitive, especially if those hours have been part of an inpatient experience. In addition to direct-patient care experience, applicants are strongly encouraged to “shadow” PAs to gain insight into the role of the PA.

Examples of acceptable patient care experience include, but are not limited to those listed below:

  • Athletic Trainer
  • Cardiovascular Perfusionist
  • Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)
  • Dental Hygienist/Assistant
  • Dietician (Inpatient preferred)
  • ED technician
  • EMT
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Foreign Medical Graduate-Physican
  • Home Health Care Aid
  • Phlebotomist
  • Medical Assistant
  • Medical Corpsman
  • Medical Research with Patient Contract
  • Medical Scribe
  • Midwife
  • Nurse
  • Nursing Assistant
  • Orderly-Patient Transport
  • Orthopedics Technician
  • Paramedic
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Physical Therapist Assistant/Aide
  • Radiologist Technologist
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Surgical Technican/OR Technician
  • Ultrasound Technician

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