When and How to Apply
Applications are currently being accepted through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) for the cohort starting January 2019. The deadline to have all material verified by CASPA is November 1, 2018.
The CBU PA program gives additional consideration to applicants who meet all basic admission requirements and one or more of the following:
- Metro Memphis residents and those living in the Mid-South
- CBU students and graduates
- Applicants with service in the armed forces
- Applicants with health care exposure and/or experience
- Applicants who have successfully completed upper-division advanced science courses with a grade of B or better
- Applicants who have taken organic chemistry labs
Please note that the CBU PA program does not accept transfer or part-time students.
The CBU PA program does not grant advanced placement for prior completion of PA program courses or like courses completed at other schools, experiences in the medical field, and other degrees earned in medicine or other health-related fields.
Work or clinical experience is not required, although preference may be given to applicants with clinical experience or exposure.
- Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university or WES equivalent bachelor’s degree
You may apply to the program prior to earning a baccalaureate degree. If conditionally accepted, you must earn a baccalaureate degree prior to the start of the program or your seat will be automatically forfeited.
- GPA requirements
Cumulative 3.0 or higher; prerequisite courses 3.0 or higher
- Course prerequisites
A grade of “C” or better is needed; the repeat grade will be used to calculate GPA if a course is repeated. You may apply to the program prior to completion of all prerequisite courses. If conditionally accepted, you must complete all prerequisite courses with satisfactory grades prior to the start of the program or your seat will be automatically forfeited.
- General Biology I and II with labs (will accept 1 semester of zoology and 1 semester of botany with labs)
- Anatomy and Physiology I and II with labs (will accept 1 semester of anatomy and 1 semester of physiology with labs)
- Microbiology with lab
- General Chemistry I and II with labs
- Organic Chemistry I and II (labs recommended but not required – preference may be given to applicants who have taken the labs)
- Medical Terminology
- AP & CLEP credits accepted if they were accepted at the undergraduate level; however, these credits will not be used to calculate the prerequisite GPA
- Official transcripts
Submit official transcripts through CASPA. Do not send transcripts directly to the program or to the university unless directed to do so.
You must provide two (2) references through CASPA. References will only be accepted through CASPA.
- The CASPer Test - Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics
You must take this test before you will be considered for the program. All applicants to the Christian Brothers University PA Program 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. The applicant is responsible for the cost. The cost is $10 to take the test and an additional $10 to have the test results dispersed to each PA Program that requires this 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 and reserve a test using your CASPA ID Number 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.
An interview is required for consideration of admission into the program. Competitive applicants will be offered a day-long interview. Applicants must take the CASPer test before they can be considered for an interview (see above). If offered an interview, you will be notified in writing what interview days are available. The potential to achieve a career as a PA will weigh strongly in the admission decision. Interviewed applicants will be notified in writing of the Admissions Committee decision shortly after the interview. Interviewed applicants will be accepted, conditionally accepted, waitlisted, or denied. Applicants on the waitlist will be reconsidered after each interview day. Offers will be extended on a rolling admissions basis.
- What is not required
The GRE, MCAT, nor other similar standardized testing; healthcare exposure or experience (see Admission Preferences above); prior work experience; and supplemental application or fee are not required to apply to this PA program.
International Applicant Admission Requirements
- Transcript interpretation by WES
International transcripts must be evaluated through WES (University requirement), with results sent to CASPA when you are completing the CASPA application. Do not send the results directly to the PA program, unless directed to do so.
- Minimum TOEFL score
The PA program will also require TOEFL scores for international applications. Minimum TOEFL scores are 577 for the paper version, 230 for the computer-based test, and 90 for the Internet-based test; or IELTS of 6.5. Please follow all other university guidelines and requirements for international applicants. To inquire about any additional university international application processes or requirements, please contact Cory Major, Dean of Academic Services and Faculty Development at firstname.lastname@example.org or 901-321-3758 or Karen Conway-Barnett, Dean of Students, Director of Disability Services at email@example.com or 901-321-3536.
Tuition and Fees
All tuition and fees must be paid in accordance with university policy. Failure to do so can result in dismissal from the university.
Seat Deposit Fee
All accepted students must pay a non-refundable $750 seat deposit fee within two weeks of receiving an acceptance letter. Seat deposits are not refundable
Requirements of Accepted Applicants
If you are accepted into the program, you have to pass several background and health-related screenings. Information gathered from these screenings must match the information you supplied on your application. You will be responsible for the costs of the screenings.
If you are unable to pass, do not complete all of the screenings, or falsify information on your application, your seat will be automatically forfeited and your seat deposit will not be refunded. Further details about the screenings will be provided on acceptance.
- Background Check
- Child Abuse Clearance
- Drug Screening
- Medical Clearance
Applicants offered a seat in the PA program must undergo a physical examination, immunizations and/or titers, TB testing, and completion of Health Forms prior to the start of the program. Requirements will be based on current CDC guidelines for healthcare workers. Failure to comply prior to the start of the program can result in seat forfeiture. Under no circumstance will students be permitted to participate in clinical experiences without medical clearance. This can have a significant impact on course grades associated with clinical experiences and, ultimately, lead to dismissal from the program.
Applicants offered a seat in the PA program must provide proof of personal health insurance and maintain the insurance throughout the entire program. Failure to comply prior to the start of the program can result in seat forfeiture. Failure to comply while in the program can result in a delay in graduation or dismissal from the program.
You must have your own mode of transportation while enrolled in the program. All students are expected to participate in all assigned clinical experiences during the didactic and clinical phases of the program. Required rotations can occur outside of the Memphis region.
Technical Standards Requirement
All students must meet the technical standards requirement of the PA program.
PA Resources and Links
NCCPA • AAPA • PAEA • TAPA • ARC-PA • CASPA • Pi Alpha