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PA Admissions

The Cedarville University PA Program seeks diverse individuals who demonstrate through their application the following:

  • Ability to succeed in a rigorous scientific curriculum
  • Adequate healthcare experience to understand the PA role
  • Consistent commitment to Christian discipleship and serving those in need

Additionally, we look for personal qualities essential to the practice of medicine, including professionalism, integrity, collaboration, compassion, and resiliency. 

Note: meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee an interview. Also, the program does not grant advanced standing for previous educational or clinical experience.


Group of PAs

Application Process

Admissions is conducted in a tiered fashion. Verified CASPA applications received prior to August 1 are reviewed and interviewed for early decisions in early fall. Applications received on or after August 1 must be verified by October 1 and are eligible for interviews held in November. 

Note: it is your responsibility to monitor the status of your application to ensure it meets Cedarville’s application deadlines. The PA Program and Cedarville University are not responsible for notifying applicants of incomplete applications.

Committee Review of Applications – The Program Admissions Committee oversees the admissions process. After initial review of the completed application by Graduate Admissions, two members of the committee conduct an independent review through four distinct lenses:

  • Cognitive/academic preparation
  • Non-cognitive/personal attributes
  • Healthcare experience preparation
  • Community service

See Admission Requirements for more details.


Application Deadline – October 1

Note - application will be available spring 2022
You must apply to the program through the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) and complete all general and program-specific fields. The application cycle opens in late April and the CASPA application must be verified by October 1 to be considered. You must complete all sections and follow directions specifically outlined in the CASPA application.


Selection Process

The Program Admissions Committee will evaluate CASPA-verified applications that meet the minimum requirements for admission. Highly rated candidates who meet the stated qualifications will be invited for on-campus interviews. Qualifications for admission interviews are based on review and/or scoring of the following:

  • Bachelor’s degree discipline
  • Qualifying and Prerequisite GPA
  • Healthcare experience
  • Reference letters
  • CASPer score
  • Personal essays
  • Community service

The committee awards points to applicants with backgrounds and characteristics that are under-represented in medicine or that would enhance the composition of the program classroom and enrich the learning environment as a whole. This includes applicants who are Cedarville alumni (or have immediate family who are alumni), veterans, males, individuals under-represented in medicine, residing or grew up in a rural or medically underserved area, educationally disadvantaged, pursuing a second career, and who possess active medical licensure/certification(s).


Personal Interviews

Applicants with the highest scores will be invited for an interview with the program. You must interview with the program to be offered a seat.

The PA program conducts interviews during the fall depending on when the verified application is received:

Application ReceivedInterview Period
Prior to August 1Early Fall
On or after August 1November
 

The interview day will include:

  • Individual interview with a principal faculty member
  • Individual interview with faculty or a partner community PA
  • Group interview

On interview days, you will also receive financial aid information, take a campus tour with current health science students, and have an opportunity to ask any program- or University-related questions.

Interviews are used to assess interpersonal interactions among the candidates and the interviewers, verbal communication skills, professionalism, and knowledge of the program and profession. Additionally, the candidates will be evaluated on desired attributes for healthcare providers such as maturity, teamwork, compassion, response to failure, and adaptability.


Post-Interview

You will be notified of the outcome of your interview and status of your application within two weeks of your interview. You will be assigned one of three outcomes from the interview: Accept, Waitlist, or Do Not Accept.

If you are offered a seat in the program, you will have seven calendar days to acknowledge your acceptance. Within two weeks of being notified of acceptance, you must submit the first installment ($500) of your nonrefundable deposit to secure your seat. The second installment ($250) will be due by March 1 of your matriculation year.

Post-acceptance and pre-matriculation requirements are communicated to accepted candidates after they have paid their deposit. You must complete the requirements no later than one month prior to the first day of orientation.

Questions?

If you have any questions, please reach out to the Graduate Admissions Office or the PA Program.


Disabilities

The PA Program faculty and staff is strictly prohibited from inquiring about a disability. The PA Program, in accordance with University policy as delineated by federal and Ohio law, does not discriminate in admissions, educational programs, or employment against any individual on the basis of that individual’s disability and will make good faith efforts at providing reasonable accommodation as required. However, the PA Program reserves the right not to admit or register students who cannot meet the technical standards or who would constitute a direct threat to the health and safety of others.

PA Program applicants or students who have questions regarding these technical standards or who believe they may need to request reasonable accommodation in order to meet the standards are encouraged to contact someone from Disability Services in The Cove at 937-766-7437.

Marcy Van Meter – Disabilities Compliance Officer
Amy Frey – Associate Disabilities Compliance Coordinator

Note: revealing a disability is voluntary; however, such disclosure is necessary before any accommodation(s) may be made in the learning environment or in the PA Program’s procedures. Information regarding disabilities is handled in a confidential manner.