Preferred Candidacy for School of Health Sciences Undergraduate Studies Students

Touro College students who have completed 34 or more undergraduate credits in the School of Health Sciences’ Undergraduate Studies department may qualify for “preferred candidacy” status to the Bay Shore Campus or NUMC Extension Physician Assistant programs. The School of Health Sciences holds open a certain number of places in each entering class for students with “preferred candidate” status. 

Following are the criteria for consideration for preferred candidacy:

  • Successful completion of all prerequisite courses (see listing above)
  • Submission of a completed CASPA application and Supplemental Application
  • Submission of the personal statement (see CASPA application for guidelines)
  • Submission of verification of a minimum of 200 hours of direct patient contact including a minimum of 20 hours shadowing a PA (documentation forms can be found in the Supplemental Application)
  • Submission of three letters of reference, including one from a Physician Assistant
  • A 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA at Touro College
  • A 3.0 minimum cumulative science/math GPA (excluding Physics) from all colleges attended

Unlike applicants who attended other institutions, Undergraduate Studies students applying for admission to a given PA class who meet the above criteria and whose cumulative science/math GPA falls in the upper 80% qualify for preferred consideration status and are assured of an interview.  The PA Admissions Committee, as with other applicants, makes final decisions on admission. 

School of Health Sciences’ Undergraduate Studies applicants who do not meet the established grade point standards or other established admission requirements may petition the PA Admissions Committee in writing for consideration. Please refer to the “Admissions Appeals” section above for further details