Undergraduate Pre-Physician Assistant Students
Students applying for the accelerated, Pre-Physician Assistant program will need an academic GPA of a 3.5, which will be recalculated using academic course work and an SAT score of 1100 or an ACT of 22. Applications to the program must be complete and submitted by December 15.
As a result of the competitive nature of the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program, not all students meeting the minimum requirement will be offered a place in the accelerated, Pre-Physician Assistant program. Selected candidates will be invited for a mandatory interview.
2022 Interview dates:
- January 5
- January 10
- January 12
- January 18
- January 20
- January 24
- A minimum of 6 credits in General Biology with labs
- A minimum of 6 credits in Anatomy and Physiology with labs
- A minimum of 3 credits in Microbiology with a lab
- A minimum of 3 credits in General Chemistry with a lab
- A minimum of 3 credits in Organic Chemistry with a lab
- A minimum of 3 credits in Statistics
- A minimum of 3 credits in Psychology
A Bachelor Degree from an Accreditation U.S. College or University is required. Pre-Requisite GPA must be at least a 3.0 with a desired overall GPA of a 3.0 and no course grade below a C. Students applying as a Graduate Student to the Physician Assistant program are required to submit GRE. Ideally, a student should have composite score of 300. The MCAT can be submitted in place of the GRE, with an ideal score of 500. GREs are not required for any applicant that has a completed Master or Doctorate Degree. Students must also complete a minimum of 200 healthcare exposure hours (including PA-C shadowing).
Due to the competitive nature of the Physician Assistant Program, not all candidates will be offered an interview or admission into the Elizabethtown program.
The CASPer Test - Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics
All applicants applying to the Physician Assistant program, at Elizabethtown College are required to complete an online assessment (CASPer), to assist with our selection process for the 2021-2022 Application Cycle. CASPer is an online test which assesses 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 laptop or desktop computer with webcam and audio capabilities. You will require the following for both account creation and taking the test:
- Government-issued photo ID
- Valid email address
- Working webcam
- Working microphone
- Reliable high-speed internet connection
Please go to www.takeCASPer.com to sign up for the Professional Health Sciences test (CSP-10101), under your specific country (USA), and reserve a test using your SLATE ID issued from Etown 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; as there may be updates to the test schedule.
You will be provided with a limited number of testing dates and times based on the admissions timeline and requirements. Please note that these are the only testing dates available for your CASPer test, and you must select Elizabethtown College for distribution before the posted Distribution Deadline. Likely, there will be no additional tests scheduled, but the most up to date information can be found by browsing the Test Dates and Times on takecasper.com.
To account for identity verification and payment processing timeline, ensure that you register for your test at least three days before your preferred test date and time. Last-minute bookings are not recommended. If you require testing accommodations for CASPer, you will need to submit the Accommodations Request Form signed by you and your qualified professional 3 weeks in advance of your desired test date. More information regarding CASPer accommodations can be found here.
Please direct any inquiries on the test to firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, you may use the chat bubble in the bottom right hand corner of your screen on the takecasper.com website to speak to a live agent.
The CASPer test is comprised of 12 sections: 8 video-based and 4 word-based scenarios. Following each scenario, you will be required to answer a set of 3 probing questions in 5 minutes or less. Halfway through the test, there is an optional 15-minute break. The test typically takes between 75-90 minutes to complete. Each of the 12 responses are anonymized and scored by a unique rater, giving a robust and reliable impression of your personal and professional characteristics important to our program. No studying is required, however you are encouraged to familiarize yourself with the test format via the System Requirements Check and 12 section practice test prior to taking CASPer. Additional helpful resources are available free of charge at https://takecasper.com/test-prep/ and https://takecasper.com/faq/.
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.
For a more detailed look at the CASPer test, please see this video.
Additionally, for this admissions cycle we ask that you complete Casper Snapshot, an extension of the Casper Test to provide us with a better understanding of your communication skills and personal attributes. Casper Snapshot is a short video response tool where you will be asked three standardized questions and be given two minutes to read and respond to each question. It should take you no longer than 10 minutes to complete. You can complete it at any time after reserving your CASPer test date and before October 28, 2021. You can learn more about Snapshot at the Casper site.
Health Care Exposure Information
Health care exposure can be a paid or volunteer experience. A variety of healthcare exposures are accepted and considered. A minimum of 200 hours of patient care exposure is required, with a minimum of 20 hours of shadowing a certified Physician Assistant. The healthcare experience hours must be satisfied for the application to be considered complete. Click here to download the full Health Care Exposure Information document.
Admission and Enrollment Practices Favoring Specified Individuals or Groups
Students who have graduated from Elizabethtown and meet all of the application requirements will be offered additional points to obtain an interview for admission. The Elizabethtown Physician Assistant Program is also dedicated to recruiting and accepting veterans into the program. Qualified veterans, who served in a medical capacity in the military, meet the minimum admission criteria, and have applied to the program will be guaranteed an interview. All applicants, regardless of their military affiliation, must meet the admissions requirements outlined on our website.