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Admission Requirements

As an ARC-PA accredited school, we participate in the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). All applications and supplemental documentation must be submitted through CASPA by the admission deadline. CASPA recommends submitting materials at least four weeks in advance of the application deadline date. You can find out all the application information, and apply, at www.caspaonline.org.

The criteria for consideration for admission, in brief:

  • Pre-requisite Coursework

    You will need to have successfully completed 90 transferable credits of bachelor's level courses, 60 of which must be in general liberal arts and sciences and specifically include 52 credits of the prerequisites listed below, with grades of “C” or better* at an accredited college, university, or its equivalent.

    An applicant may apply to the program with prerequisite coursework in progress, but all prerequisite coursework must be completed a full semester prior to the start of the program. Pending coursework may delay review of the candidate's application.

    Distribution of 52 credits of specific prerequisites:

    General Biology I & II (with labs)

    8 credits

    General Chemistry I & II (with labs)

    8 credits

    Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry

    4 credits

    Anatomy & Physiology**

    8 credits

    Behavioral Sciences (e.g., Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology)

    6 credits

    English Composition and/or English Literature+

    6 credits

    Humanities (e.g., History, Philosophy, Languages, Literature, Art)

    6 credits

    Mathematics (pre-calculus level or above)

    3 credits

    Statistics

    3 credits

     

    * Advanced Placement courses taken in high school must have scores of 4 or 5 to transfer.
    ** Applicants who completed two Anatomy & Physiology courses for less than a total of 8 credits must satisfy the credit requirement by completing an additional elective in Biology or Chemistry.
    + Applicants must provide catalog descriptions for English courses not taught by an English department (e.g. through a core curriculum or honors program).

    Please note:

    • All prerequisite science courses must be designed for science majors. Transfer of science courses designed for non-science majors, e.g., liberal arts, nursing, respiratory therapy, is at the discretion of the Admissions Committee.
    • Applicants whose sciences prerequisites are more than 10 years old may be required to take refresher courses unless exempted by the Admissions Committee
    • All prerequisite courses are offered by the School of Health Sciences' Undergraduate Studies department at the Bay Shore campus, as well as by Touro College's Lander Colleges of Arts and Sciences and New York School of Career and Applied Studies.
    • The PA program does not award academic credit for experiential learning.
    • Meeting the minimum requirements listed above does not guarantee an interview or admission to the program.

    Coursework completed by non-accredited or foreign institutions

    Applicants who do not hold a degree from an accredited college, university, or its equivalent, will need to submit an official high school transcript or proof of GED.

    Applicants whose native language is not English, or who did not attend college in the U.S. or other English-speaking country, will need to submit the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination with a score of at least 560 (paper-based), 220 (computer-based), or 83 (Internet-based) (Note: the TOEFL exam does not fulfill or substitute for the 6-credit English prerequisite requirement).

    Foreign credentials must be evaluated by a Touro-approved agency. International Student Services can help with any questions.  

  • All applicants are required to pay a $25 supplemental application fee using the payment instructions provided through CASPA. The payment transaction number must be included on the supplemental application forms before they are uploaded to CASPA. Separate supplemental application documents and a separate fee will be required for each Touro location that you choose to apply for through CASPA.
  • Submission of the personal statement (see CASPA application for guidelines)
  • Documentation that you shadowed a PA
    Verification of a minimum of 20 additional hours "shadowing" a physician assistant, must be documented on the Physician Assistant Shadowing Form and uploaded through CASPA. We recommend retaining a copy of this completed form for your records. It may be used if you are applying for a separate Touro location or a future admissions cycle. The best way to fulfill the shadowing requirement is to find a hospital that employs PAs that also has a volunteer program and sign up as a volunteer. While working as a volunteer, it is then often possible to shadow a PA in the facility. Many private offices that employ PAs will also allow a student to shadow the PA for the required hours.

    Direct Patient Contact Health Care Experience
    Verification of a minimum of 200 hours of direct patient contact health care experience, either volunteer or paid, must be documented on the Patient Contact Form and uploaded through CASPA. We recommend retaining a copy of this completed form for your records. It may be used if you are applying for a separate Touro location or a future admissions cycle. Direct patient contact hours must involve interaction with patients and can be obtained in a number of ways and may include either paid or volunteer positions. Some examples include, but are not limited to: volunteer in an Emergency Department transporting patients, delivering meals and blankets to patients, etc volunteer in a doctor's office performing height and weight, vital signs, etc medical assistant or nurse's aide phlebotomist Licensed Practical Nurse or Respiratory Therapist EMT or Paramedic
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation. One of the letters of recommendation must be from a physician assistant you shadowed. In order to confirm applicants have a clear understanding of the working relationship between physicians and physician assistants, the letter of recommendation from a PA cannot be substituted with a letter from another health care provider (i.e. RN, NP, paramedic)
  • A 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA
  • A 3.0 minimum cumulative science GPA (excluding Physics) from all colleges attended
  • Updated transcript(s) for all coursework not verified in the CASPA application may be submitted directly to the Office of Admissions as they become available.

Evaluation and Selection Process

Decisions on admission are made by a committee of PA program faculty, and are based on an assessment of the applicant's past academic performance, potential for success in the program, as well as his/her understanding of and commitment to the PA profession. The program Admissions Committee evaluates an applicant's completed application and considers the following factors:

  • Quality and content of the personal statement
  • Strength of recommendations (minimum of three letters)
  • Cumulative GPA
  • Science GPA
  • Nature and extent of health care experiences

Based on this evaluation, selected applicants are invited for a personal interview where they are assessed with regard to their understanding of the PA role, their motivation, maturity, intellectual qualities, insights, and interpersonal skills. 

The Admissions Committee makes final decisions on admission to the program.

Admissions Appeals

Students who do not meet established grade point standards or other established admission requirements detailed above may petition the PA Admissions Committee in writing for consideration. The petition must accompany the application. It should clearly explain extenuating circumstances that have prevented the student from meeting existing grade point standards or other requirements, and describe elements of the applicant's background that would indicate the potential for success in the program. The Admissions Committee may choose to admit students who have not met established admission requirements, based on the student's petition, application, interview and other supporting documents required as part of the application process. For applicants who already hold a B.A. or B.S. degree, prerequisite courses of certain types may be waived at the discretion of the PA Program Director.

Questions? Contact:

Physician Assistant Program
Office of Admissions
Touro College School of Health Sciences
1700 Union Boulevard
Bay Shore, NY 11706
(866) TOURO4U
enrollhealth@touro.edu