College of Health Sciences

Physician Assistant Program

Application Process

Applications to the ARC-PA accredited Salus University Physician Assistant program for the entering Class each Fall will be accepted through Central Application Service for Physician Assistant (CASPA)

Matriculated students must complete the program within three (3) years.

Admissions Checklist and Requirements

Please Note: Patient care requirements have changed for the 2014/2015 application year.

  • Submit a properly completed application to CASPA. (
  • Submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (or currently attending) directly to CASPA.
  • Complete Bachelor's degree and admissions prerequisites prior to enrollment.
  • Three letters of recommendation are required; one must be from a Physician Assistant. Arrange for required letters of evaluation to be sent directly to CASPA.
  • Acquire a minimum of 300 hours of direct patient care experience within a healthcare related field (may be volunteer and/or employment).
  • It is highly recommended to shadow a practicing physician assistant(s) in order to be familiar with the role of the physician assistant as a member of the healthcare team. Applicants who have acquired PA shadowing hours will be given priority consideration.
  • The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required. However, if you have taken the exam, you are welcome to submit your scores. Please note: the GRE must have been taken within three years prior to the start date of the entering class to which you seek admission. Official exam scores may be sent to CASPA (designated Institution code: 0432).
  • Immunization requirements for healthcare providers are required to have been completed by the time classes begin (CDC immunization recommendations for healthcare providers).
  • All Physician Assistant students must provide proof of health insurance or enroll in the University Health Plan.
  • Determine that you are able to meet the program’s technical standards.
  • All credentials submitted on behalf of an applicant become part of that applicant’s record with the University and cannot be returned.

Interview Process

Individuals successfully meeting the above criteria may receive an invitation to visit our campus for an interview, which provides further insight into the applicant’s characteristics and motivation. Applicants also have the opportunity to meet with an Admissions staff member to discuss his or her application, tour our campus and meet with students. Information regarding financial aid will also be provided.

International Students

In addition to the above requirements, international students must:

  • Submit course-by-course credential review from an accredited agency, which evidences all post-secondary studies completed.  Please consult agency’s web site for requirements to complete the evaluation.  An official course by course evaluation must be sent from the agency directly to Salus University, Office of Admissions, 8360 Old York Road, Elkins Park, PA  19027. These services are provided by various agencies including: World Education Services -
  • Fluency in written and spoken English is essential for success in a Salus University program as well as to ensure patient safety and/or effective communication with members of a healthcare team. Official results from the TOEFL (or IELTS) are required for all students for whom English is a second language (ESL). Exceptions will be made for ESL applicants who hold degrees or diplomas from post-secondary institutions in English-speaking countries (i.e. the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, etc.).  The TOEFL (or IELTS) exam must be taken within two years prior to the start date of the entering class to which an applicant seeks admission.

    For the Physician Assistant program, the minimum required score for the TOEFL iBT (Internet Based Test) is 94. A minimum score of 26 is required for the speaking section; minimum of 24 for the writing section; minimum of 22 for the listening section; and minimum 22 for the reading section. Official scores from the IELTS exam will be accepted in substitution for the TOEFL (minimum score requirements comparable to the TOEFL).

Notification of Acceptance

An applicant may be notified of his or her acceptance as early as September. Upon receipt of acceptance, an applicant is required to pay a $1,000 matriculation fee to the University prior to the start of classes, payable as follows:

  • Return the matriculation form and an initial $500 deposit within 14 days of the date of the acceptance letter.
  • The balance of $500 for the matriculation fee is due April 1.
  • All monies received above will be applied toward first term fees.

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