The following admission requirements are intended to serve as a guide for those students interested in applying to CMU's PA Program. The application deadline for the class starting May 2017 is September 1, 2016. This is a "hard" deadline. All application requirements must be met by September 1, 2016, for the applicant to be considered for an interview. They include: a completed/verified CASPA application, official GRE scores received by CASPA, our supplemental application and fee, three letters of recommendation, "general" CASPA esssay, required minimum cumulative and prerequisite grade points and required direct patient care hours. Simply meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee an on-campus interview.
To be considered for admission, students must have completed or be in the final stages of completing an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college/university or appropriate international institution. Students may apply while their degree is in progress; however, degree completion and final transcripts are required prior to enrollment into the PA Program.
Grade Point Requirement
A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25 is required at the time of application.
- A minimum 3.0 grade point or above is required in EACH prerequisite course.
- No more than two prerequisite courses can be outstanding at the time of application.
- All prerequisite coursework must be completed by December 31 of the application year.
- All prerequisite courses must be completed within six years at the time of application or they must be retaken.
- CLEP exam scores are subject to the Registrar's evaluation and credit approval.
- Advance Placement (AP) is subject to the PA Program Director's approval.
- Credit/no credit is not an option for any prerequisite course requirement.
Waiver of Courses and Transfer Credit(s) for Courses
The policy of the PA Program is as follows: Students must take (for credit) all courses, in sequence, within the Physician Assistant curriculum. Waivers for courses previously taken elsewhere or at CMU and the transfer of credits into the program for courses previously taken are strictly prohibited.
A waiver of the six year requirement, or grade requirement, for a prerequisite course may be requested by the applicant if 1) there is a continuous employment history that would demonstrate knowledge of the course content, or 2) the applicant has a B grade or better, within the last six years, in a more advanced course in the same subject. Knowledge-based testing does not satisfy any of the prerequisites. All waiver requests must be sent to the attention of: Clint Fitzpatrick, CMU, CHP Graduate Admissions, HPB 1250F, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859. We do not accept electronic requests.
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Graduate Record Examination (GRE Scores)
All applicants are required to take the GRE (general test). Any test scores five years or older at the time of application must be retaken. All scores are to be sent electronically from GRE to CASPA using our PA Program's code: 0518 - after the portal has launched and you have e-submitted your CASPA application. We no longer accept paper copies nor do we retain GRE reports. MCAT scores are accepted in lieu of GRE scores.
Letters of Recommendation
Three letters of recommendation are required and all three must be submitted via CASPA, in accordance with CASPA guidelines, and received by our application deadline. CASPA will process an application and deem it "complete" with only two letters of recommendation received.
Direct Patient Care Experience
A minimum of 500 direct patient care hours are required. Of the 500 hours, 100 hours must be "paid for" hours and the remainder can be volunteer hours. It is recommended that students obtain direct patient care hours in different medical settings, e.g., hospice, assisted living facility, hospital, underserved areas/countries, etc. To obtain strong direct patient care experience, students are encouraged to obtain certification credentials, e.g., paramedic, nurse's aide, phlebotomist, medical assistant, radiologic technologist, EKG tech, EMT (I or Basic), LPN, dental hygienist, clinical laboratorians (the student MUST be performing phlebotomy, assisting with bone marrow aspirations/biopsy - students must be having direct patient interaction, not just with their specimens), and behavioral health technician - click here to insure the requirements have been met for these hours to be accepted. All required direct patient care hours must be completed by the application deadline.
The following experiences are NOT accepted toward the 500 hours of direct patient care: scribe hours, pharmacy technician, dental assistant, lab tech, job shadowing a PA or physician, camp counselors, clerical work, charting, observing procedures, or greeting patients.
Northern Michigan University (NMU) Articulation Agreement
Statement of Agreement: The PA Program of Central Michigan University (CMU) agrees to admit up to four (4) suitably-qualified and duly-enrolled full-time students from Northern Michigan University (NMU) to the PA Program who satisfy all of the criteria. The admission of these candidates shall occur on a non-competitive basis with respect to the applicant pool as a whole.
An international student is defined as a student who is not a United States citizen or a student who has educational credentials from outside the United States. All applicants with non-U.S. post-secondary credentials must submit an official course-by-course evaluation of their academic qualifications to CMU and CASPA using one of the following agencies: WES (World Education Services), ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators) or Josef Silny & Associates. This evaluation will be used to determine eligibility for admission to CMU. Note: Canadian students are excluded from providing a foreign evaluation; however, official transcripts must be sent to CASPA and the CHP Graduate Admissions Office, Central Michigan University, Health Professions Building 1212, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859.
All international applicants are expected to understand and meet all other eligibility requirements for admission to CMU's PA Program. International applicants apply ONLY to CASPA.
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Scores
All students who are not citizens of a TOEFL-exempt country must submit a satisfactory test score on the TOEFL or IELTS. Score requirements: 79 or 6.5 on the TOEFL/IELTS for regular admission, 61-78 or 5.5 and 6.0 for conditional admissions. For more information on TOEFL requirements, please reference the Graduate Bulletin.
The Technical Standards set forth by the PA Program establish the essential qualities and abilities one must possess to achieve the knowledge, skills, and levels of competency required for the completion of the program. These Technical Standards are required for admission and must be maintained throughout the program. If a student is unable to meet these standards with or without reasonable accommodations at any time, the student may be asked to leave the program.
- Have the mental capacity to assimilate and learn large volumes of complex, technically detailed information; to perform clinical problem solving; to synthesize and apply concepts and information from different disciplines to formulate diagnostic and therapeutic judgments; and to be able to distinguish significant deviations from the norm from insignificant deviation from the norm.
- Possess sufficient postural and neuromuscular control, sensory function and coordination to perform appropriate physical examinations utilizing accepted medical techniques; possess the requisite abilities, including sufficient muscle control of the hands and upper extremities, to learn and perform common diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in an efficient fashion; to have the ability to use accepted medical equipment and instruments and to ensure safe and expeditious treatment for patients.
- Have the ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients and colleagues from different cultural and social backgrounds; this includes, but is not limited to, the ability to establish rapport with patients and to communicate diagnostic and treatment information effectively to patients and colleagues.
- Have the ability to record examination and diagnostic results clearly, accurately, and efficiently.
- Have the capacity to maintain composure and continue to function well during periods of high stress.
Students are required to notify the program if any changes ari se that will prohibit them from meeting these Technical Standards. The Student Disability Services Office will evaluate a student who states he/she will require accommodations to meet the program's Technical Standards and will confirm that the stated condition qualifies as a disability under applicable laws. The University will evaluate whether the accommodation 1) is reasonable and 2) would jeopardize patient safety or the educational process of the student or the institution, including all coursework and internships deemed essential for graduation. The Student Disability Services Office and the PA Program will jointly decide what accommodations are suitable and/or possible.
Should you have questions, need additional information, or would like to schedule a visit, please contact us via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the CHP Graduate Admissions Office at: 989-774-1730. Include the following information: your name, telephone number, and the best day(s)/time(s) to reach you. If you would like for us to send you our initial PA Program materials, please include your regular home mailing address.