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Admission Requirements

  1. Candidates accepted for admission to the ASHS PA Program will have earned a baccalaureate degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university (no equivalency will be accepted).
  2. The applicant must have achieved a minimum 2.75 cumulative grade point average overall (3.00 or higher strongly recommended) and a minimum 2.75 cumulative science grade point average (3.00 or higher strongly recommended) on a 4.00 scale.
  3. Applicants are expected to be computer literate. All coursework requires extensive computer usage. Accepted applicants will be provided laptop specifications.
  4. Applications must be submitted through the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (www.caspaonline.org). Please refer to the CASPA application instructions for specific details about completing the application, required documents, and processing time. The CASPA application cycle begins in Mid-April of the academic year preceding the year in which the applicant plans to matriculate. The deadline for applications through CASPA is September 1st.  Program enrollment is based on a rolling admissions policy. Applications are reviewed in the order in which they are received, thus applicants are encouraged to apply early.

    Applicants are required to submit two letters of recommendation from professionals to CASPA. It is strongly recommended that one of these two letters be from a physician assistant and the other can be from a physician (M.D. or D.O.) or college professor. Please refer to the CASPA application instructions for specific guidelines and requirements for submitting letters of recommendation. 

    Once ATSU-ASHS receives a completed CASPA application and determines that minimum requirements are met, the applicant will be notified by email to submit a secondary fee for final processing. Upon receipt of this fee, the application is forwarded to the program for consideration.

    NOTE: Applicants are responsible for notifying the Office of Admissions of any changes in their mailing address or email address. All requests for withdrawing an application must be done in writing via email, fax, or letter. Applicants are encouraged to check all email folders in the rare event our email is filtered into a spam or junk mail folder.
  5. Applicants are strongly encouraged to obtain patient care experience, sufficient to recognize the physical & psychological demands of dealing with patients and to appreciate the challenges and rewards of being a healthcare professional. 
  6. Applicants must successfully complete all prerequisite courses with a grade of "C" or higher.
  7. All students are required to demonstrate proficiency in English when applying to the Arizona School of Health Sciences, A.T Still University.

    Written and spoken proficiency in the English language may be demonstrated by one of the following options:

    Option 1
    English is your first language.

    Option 2
    You are demonstrating your English proficiency by submitting acceptable scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

    Acceptable minimal scores for ASHS applications are:

    Paper based total score = 550
    ·     Minimum of 57 on Reading Skills section
    ·     Minimum of 61 on Writing Skills section
     
    Computer based total score = 213
    ·     Minimum of 22 on Reading Skills section
    ·     Minimum of 26 on Writing Skills section 

    Internet based total score = 80
    ·     Minimum of 22 on Reading Skills section
    ·     Minimum of 24 on Writing Skills section



    The TOEFL is administered by TOEFL/TSE Services, PO Box 6151, Princeton, NJ, 08541-6151, USA (609) 771-7100. Information is available on the Internet at www.toefl.org. A.T Still University’s institutional code is 0339.
    Please be sure to include this information when you submit your application packet.

    TOEFL
    Educational Testing Services
    P.O. Box 6151
    Princeton, NJ 08541-6151
    (609) 771-7100

  8. Applicants who are considered potential candidates must visit ASHS to participate in an applicant interview process.
  9. The Graduate Records Exam (GRE) is NOT required
  10. Please see the program guidebook  to review the Technical Standards for Admission. 

Prerequisite courses

Applicants must have completed the following courses prior to matriculation. All pre-requisite coursework must be completed from a regionally accredited institution (no equivalency will be accepted).

  • Human Anatomy with lab ( recommended that  course be completed within 5 years of application date)
  • Human Physiology with lab ( recommended  that  course be completed within 5 years of application date)
            
    If you have taken a combined Anatomy & Physiology course, you must have two or more semesters (each with lab).
  • Microbiology (recommended that course  be completed within 5 years of application date)
  • Biochemistry
  • College algebra or statistics
  • Medical Terminology (highly recommended for the class of 2017 - required starting with the class of 2018)