The PA program at Augusta University continues to have frequent conversations and meetings to discuss admissions plans during and after this COVID-19 situation.
The Augusta University PA Program understands that the current pandemic may have influenced an applicant’s ability to pursue and complete volunteer and shadowing hours. We are not modifying our admissions criteria, however we are reviewing applicants with anticipated volunteer and shadowing hour completion prior to matriculation. Applicants should explain in their application which admissions criteria they have yet to fulfill as it relates to the pandemic and any plans to complete those criteria prior to May 2021.
The GRE remains a requirement for all students seeking admission to the Augusta University Physician Assistant Program. Currently, ETS is offering the GRE General Test at Home and in select testing centers.
We are working diligently as a program to ensure continuity of excellence and will communicate any/all pertinent information when appropriate.
Please stay connected via our website as we work through this situation.
Updated: September 23, 2020
A Bachelor's Degree is required to be accepted into the MPA ProgramMaster of Physician Assistant Program due to the competitive nature of the application process.
There is no advanced placement, transfer of credit (except for 90 semester hours of prerequisites at an accredited college or university) or credit for experiential learning allowed. Previous medical professions course work will not be accepted toward completion of the MPA degree. It is important that our students are exposed to specific course content. To ensure this, only courses taught within our curriculum are accepted for credit toward graduation. The Augusta University Physician Assistant program does not have a program in which foreign-trained physicians or medical graduates are given advanced placement or preference in admission decisions. For additional information, please see the Office of Academic Admissions' Transfer Credit Policy.
Criminal background checks will be conducted on conditionally accepted applicants prior to their enrollment in participating programs in the College of Allied Health Sciences. Final admittance is conditional on a satisfactory criminal background report which must be completed and approved prior to matriculation. Additional information regarding this policy may be found here.
Augusta University does not honor grade forgiveness at another institution. All grades from all courses attempted and earned are included in all of our transfer GPA calculations and evaluations for admission.
Credit by Exam (AP/CLEP) may be accepted, but grades are not earned, therefore they cannot be calculated in the GPA considered for admission.
The Physician Assistant Program at Augusta University does not accept Health Science based science courses as equivalent for prerequisite science requirements. While the Transfer Equivalency Guide for students transferring into an undergraduate program at AU may indicate that a health science based science course will transfer in as an undergraduate science equivalent course, the PA Program will not accept this course.
All science prerequisite coursework is expected to be at the level of what would be required for a science major in an undergraduate program. Remedial or introductory level coursework will not be accepted. For example, BIO 1101 & 1102 at Augusta University are introductory science courses that non-majors can take. BIO 1107 & 1108 are the first sequential Biology courses in a science major curriculum. In this example, the PA Program would not accept BIO 1101/1102 as meeting the prerequisite of Principles of Biology I/II, but BIO 1107/1108 would be accepted.
Our program statistically accepts more Georgia residents due to the high number of in-state applications received.
Admission is based on undergraduate college coursework including the overall, transfer, and math/science grade point averages. Other criteria include personal interviews, assessment of the applicant's motivation and the possession of the personal qualities needed to successfully complete the program. Prior to enrollment, the applicant will be evaluated on:
Interviews are by invitation only.
The CASPer Test - Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics
All applicants to the Physician Assistant program, at Augusta University are required to complete an online assessment (CASPer), to assist with our selection process. Successful completion of CASPer is mandatory in order to maintain admission eligibility.
You must first complete the application for the MPA Program via the link at the bottom
of the page. Upon submitting your application, you will be assigned an Augusta University
Student ID Number within 2-3 business days. Please keep an eye on your email as you
will first receive a confirmation that your application was submitted, then an email
that Augusta University has received it, and finally an email that your application
has been processed with your assigned AU Student ID Number. You will use this AU Student
ID Number when you register for the CASPer Test.
CASPer is an online test which assesses for non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics that we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program, and will complement the other tools that we use for applicant screening. In implementing CASPer, we are trying to further enhance fairness and objectivity in our selection process.
In order to take CASPer, you will be responsible for securing access to a computer with audio capabilities, a webcam, and a reliable internet connection on your selected test date. CASPer can be taken practically anywhere that you can satisfy the aforementioned requirements. No exceptions will be provided for applicants unable to take CASPer online due to being located at sites where internet is not dependable due to technical or political factors.
Please go to www.takeCASPer.com to sign up for the American Professional Health Sciences test (CSP10101) and reserve a test using your student ID (assigned when you submitted your application) and a piece of government-issued photo ID. You will be provided with a limited number of testing dates and times. Please note that these are the only testing dates available for your CASPer test. There will be no additional tests scheduled. Please use an email address that you check regularly; there may be updates to the test schedule.
Please direct any inquiries on the test to email@example.com. Alternatively, you may use the chat bubble in the bottom right hand corner of your screen on the takecasper.com website.
The CASPer test is comprised of 12 sections of video and written scenarios. Following each scenario, you will be required to answer a set of probing questions under a time contract. The test typically takes between 75-90 minutes to complete. Each response is graded by a different rater, giving a very robust and reliable view of personal and professional characteristics important to our program. No studying is required for CASPer, although you may want to familiarize yourself with the test structure at takeCASPer.com, and ensure you have a quiet environment to take the test.
CASPer test results are valid for one admissions cycle. Applicants who have already taken the test in previous years will therefore be expected to re-take it.
Applicants whose first language is not English must submit official TOEFL scores. A minimum TOEFL score of either 250 on the computer-based exam (cBT), 600 on the paper exam (pBT), or 100 on the internet based exam (iBT), with 26 in the speaking component. Applicants must take the TOEFL by October 15 to be considered for admission the following year.
The Admissions Committee selects the applicants who seem best qualified for the program from among those who apply and submit all required documentation. Applications and all associated supporting documentation must be received by the Office of Academic Admissions by October 15th in order for an application to be considered complete. Earlier application is highly encouraged.
Mandatory Course Prerequisites Include:
The prerequisite courses required to apply to Augusta University Master of Physician Assistant Program comprise a core curriculum divided into seven categories. The courses acceptable to meet the requirements of each category are listed below.
A. Essential Skills (9 semester hours)
B. Professional Skills (4-5 semester hours)
C. Humanities and Fine Arts (6 semester hours)
D. Science, Mathematics and Technology (10-11 semester hours)
E. Social Sciences (12 semester hours)
F. Courses Required for Major (34 semester hours)
G. Guided Electives for Major (15 semester hours)
* These courses are MANDATORY.
** Students may take any other science course to satisfy the remaining hours in this section.
Students of the Augusta University Physician Assistant Program may obtain a license in Georgia and/or South Carolina after successfully passing the National Commission on Certification for Physician Assistant (NCCPA). This examination administered is by the NCCPA. The Augusta University Physician Assistant Program was able to determine Licensure eligibility for other states.