Admissions and How to Apply

PBA’s PA Medicine is unlike any other PA program in the country. Our unique program curriculum is purposefully designed to have the PA students complete their didactic curriculum with innovative hands-on experiences.

Cohort Begins Fall | Credits 125 | 27 months | In-person, full time

 

We are currently waiting for our accreditation decision.
Please check back on July 1st for updates on our CASPA site release status.

How to Apply

Thank you for your interest in applying to Palm Beach Atlantic’s faith-integrated Master of Medical Science in Physician Associate Medicine in West Palm Beach, Florida.  

The time and preparation to get to this point may have been challenging but will ultimately be very rewarding. Please read below for the steps to apply to this program and the application requirements to be eligible for selection. 

 

Application Steps

Applicants for Palm Beach Atlantic PA program can complete the following steps to be eligible for admission. 

Step 1- Review Application Requirements (See Below for Specifics). 
Step 2- Review Technical Standards Requirements (See Below for Specifics). (A3.13e) 
Step 3- Review Applicant Self-Assessment. 
Step 4 – Apply (CASPA) 
  • Complete the online CASPA application for Palm Beach Atlantic University, Florida.
  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete application materials early. All applications must be verified by CASPA before being considered for an interview. PA Medicine uses a rolling admissions process.  Please note that we will accept applications for the next cohort on the last day.
  • Send official transcripts from all coursework, GRE scores, and three (3) letters of recommendation directly to CASPA.  
Step 5 – Interview (In-Person) 
  • The program admissions committee invites the most competitive applicants to interview. 
  • After interviews are completed, candidates will be notified regarding their admission into PBA PA Medicine.  
Step 6 – Complete Post-Acceptance Requirements 
  • Interviewed candidates will be notified by phone and email of the admission decision. 
  • Accepted students must reserve seats within seven days of this communication with a $500 non-refundable tuition deposit. A second deposit of $500 will be required upon the ARC-PA accreditation decision in June 2024. Note: If accreditation is not obtained, all deposits will be refunded to cohort members. 
  • Provisional acceptance to the program is conditional on completing the post-acceptance requirements, which must be completed before matriculation. 
Step 7 – Begin MMScPA Program 
  • On-campus orientation: September 2024 
  • First day of class: October 1, 2024 

 Admissions Requirements (A3.13)

If your ability to meet admission criteria has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly related to pass/fail grades and official transcript submission, please get in touch with our enrollment counselor to learn about your options.  

Applicants will be considered for acceptance with satisfactory completion of the following requirements. 

CASPA Application 

Complete the fullCASPA application including program specific questions. 

GPA Requirements (A3.13d)

Must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and prerequisite science GPA of 3.0.  

Visit the CASPA website to learn more about the calculation of GPAs. 

Letters of Recommendation 

Minimum of three (submitted in CASPA). 

One letter should be from a physician assistant. 

Other letters can be from another healthcare professional (physician, dentist, pharmacist, registered nurse, nurse practitioner, physical or occupational therapist, and/or from a mentor).

Please note that recommendations submitted by relatives, friends, personal healthcare providers, or family members are unacceptable.  

Official GRE Score (PBA Code 5553) 

GRE scores must have been taken within the last five years of application. 

A combined score of 300 and an essay of 3.5 is considered competitive.  

 500 Hours of Direct Patient Care (Patient Care Experience) (A3.13b) 

A minimum of 500 Hours of Direct Patient Care/Patient Care Experience must be completed by the program’s start. 

Paid or volunteer accepted. 

Other allied health experiences such as medical assistant (MA), certified nursing assistant (CNA), patient care technician (PCT), phlebotomist, pharmacy technician (PhT), emergency medical technician (EMT), athletic trainer (AT), behavioral health technician (BHT) and other health professionals like RN, CRT, MD, or CLT accepted. 

Prerequisite Coursework (A3.13b) 

Courses must have been completed within seven years of application. 

Must be completed with a C (2.0) or better from a regionally accredited United States institution.  

Applications with no more than two outstanding prerequisite courses will be reviewed and considered for interview. All prerequisite courses must be completed by the start of the program.  

Required Prerequisite Courses Include: 

General Biology and Lab – 4 semester hours.

Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II (Human Anatomy & Human Physiology including labs) – 8 semester hours. 

General Chemistry I and II, including lab – 8 semester hours. 

Organic Chemistry, including lab – 4 semester hours. 

Microbiology, including lab – 4 semester hours. 

Psychology – 3 semester hours.   

For the 2023-2024 application cycle, these courses taken during the summer of 2017 or later would meet the 7-year requirement 

In addition, the following are not required but are recommended for a more robust application: 

Biochemistry – 3 semester hours 

Human Genetics – 3 semester hours 

Medical Terminology – 1 semester hour 

More direct patient care hours 

Baccalaureate Degree (A3.13d) 

The degree must be obtained from a regionally accredited institution or internationally recognized equivalent. 

Applicants can apply while still earning a baccalaureate degree. However, the degree must be conferred before matriculation into the PA program. 

CASPA Application 

Complete the fullCASPA application including program specific questions. 

Personal Statement

The personal statement is a brief statement expressing why you are interested in becoming a –   Physician Assistant (submitted in CASPA).  

Letters of Recommendation 

Minimum of three (submitted in CASPA). 

One letter should be from a physician assistant. 

Other letters can be from another healthcare professional (physician, dentist, pharmacist, registered nurse, nurse practitioner, physical or occupational therapist, and/or from a mentor) 

Please note recommendations submitted by relatives, friends, personal healthcare providers, or personal friends of the family are not acceptable.  

Baccalaureate Degree (A3.13d) 
  • The degree must be obtained from a regionally accredited institution or internationally recognized equivalent. 

Applicants can apply while still earning a baccalaureate degree. However, the degree must be conferred before matriculation into the PA program. 

  • Accepted students must submit official transcripts to Palm Beach Atlantic University before matriculation into the PA program.  
  • Any candidate who completed coursework outside of the United States must submit a transcript evaluation from an approved service such as World Education Services (WES), International Credential Evaluations (InCred), or ECE. 
Official College Transcripts

All official college transcripts must be submitted to and verified by CASPA. Accepted students must submit official transcripts to Palm Beach Atlantic University before matriculation into the PA program. 

GPA Requirements (A3.13d)

Must have a minimum baccalaureate GPA of 3.0 and prerequisite GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale as calculated by CASPA.  

Visit the CASPA website to learn more about the calculation of GPAs. 

Prerequisite Coursework (A3.13b) 

Specific prerequisite courses must have been completed within 7 years of application. 

Must be completed with a C (2.0) or better from a regionally accredited United States institution.  

Applications with no more than two outstanding prerequisite courses will be reviewed and considered for interview. All prerequisite courses must be completed before beginning the MMScPA program.  

Required Prerequisite Courses Include: 

General Biology and Lab – 4 semester hours 

Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II (Human Anatomy & Human Physiology including labs) – 8 semester hours. 

General Chemistry I and II including lab – 8 semester hours. 

Organic Chemistry I including lab – 4 semester hours. 

Microbiology including lab – 4 semester hours. 

Psychology – 3 semester hours   

  • Prerequisites courses that MUST have been completed within 7 years of application include: Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II, Organic Chemistry I and lab, and Microbiology and lab. 
  • For the 2024-2025 application cycle, these specific courses taken during the summer of 2018 or later would meet the 7-year requirement. 
  • AP coursework will only be accepted for the Psychology prerequisite. Any AP credits for other prerequisite courses must appear on a college transcript with assigned grade and credits. 
  • No survey courses permitted for prerequisites. 
 500 Hours of Direct Patient Care (Patient Care Experience) (A3.13b) 
  • A minimum of 500 Hours of Direct Patient Care/Patient Care Experience must be completed by the start of the program. 
  • Paid or volunteer accepted. 
  • Experience should involve direct responsibility for a patient’s care and can include but is not limited to performing vital signs, obtaining a medical history, performing physical assessments or procedures, medical documentation, directing a course of treatment, prescribing or providing medication, etc. 
  • Other allied health experience such as medical assistant (MA), certified nursing assistant (CNA), patient care technician (PCT), phlebotomist, pharmacy technician (PhT), emergency medical technician (EMT), athletic trainer (AT), behavioral health technician (BHT) and other health professionals like RN, CRT, MD, or CLT accepted. 
  • Medical scribe hours may account for half of direct patient care hours.  
Official GRE Score (CASPA GRE Code: 1289) 
  • Must be completed by the time of application. 
  • GRE scores must have been taken within the last 5 years of application. 
  • Multiple GRE scores will be super-scored (the best score for each section used). 
  • No minimum score is required, however, a score of 150 in quantitative and verbal, and an analytical score of 3.5 is considered competitive.  
Language Requirement

Palm Beach Atlantic University PA program requires a TOEFL score to demonstrate English proficiency of all non-native English language speaking and/or international applicants unless the applicant has attended high school and earned a degree from an accredited University in any country whose sole national language is English. A minimum TOEFL score of 100 is required for admission to the PA program. 

PA-CAT and CASPER Assessments are NOT Required. 

Information coming soon

Technical Standards (A3.13e) 

The foundation of success in the Physician Associate program at PBA PA Medicine is built upon the “Technical Standards,” a set of competencies that encapsulate the core knowledge, skills, and professional attributes required for graduation. Prior to enrollment, candidates are required to confirm their ability to meet these standards, a commitment that must be sustained throughout their educational journey. These standards are categorized into five essential areas, each reflecting a critical aspect of the professional competencies deemed necessary by the faculty and the broader physician assistant community. 

Adherence to these Technical Standards is imperative; non-compliance not only jeopardizes a student’s standing within the program but may also lead to dismissal, underscoring the program’s commitment to maintaining the highest levels of healthcare delivery and patient care. 

Upon being welcomed into the PBA PA Medicine program, candidates will need to affirm their comprehension and capability to meet these standards, with the provision for reasonable accommodations if necessary. This affirmation is a cornerstone of the admissions process, reflecting the candidate’s confidence in meeting these fundamental criteria. 

We invite all prospective students to engage in open dialogue about the program’s technical standards to ensure a clear understanding and to evaluate their ability to meet these standards, with accommodations if required. In alignment with the principles of Section 504 of the 1973 Vocational Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, PBA PA Medicine is committed to ensuring that all candidates can meet these essential technical requirements, with or without adjustments. 

Students who may need accommodations are encouraged to voluntarily disclose their needs and contact the PBA Student Success Center Office at 561-803-2063 for support, with additional policy information available in the PBA Graduate Catalog. 

The P&A Committee will monitor students’ compliance with the technical standards throughout their program participation, ensuring ongoing adherence. The PBA PA Medicine faculty is devoted to fostering graduates who are not only academically and professionally prepared but also capable of delivering compassionate, patient-centered care across a spectrum of clinical settings and patient populations. 

Technical Standards - Candidates and students for PBA PA Medicine must possess the following abilities and skills: 

  1. Accurately and in entirety, observe patients both at a distance and close at hand.  This ability requires functional vision, hearing, and bodily sensation.
  2. Ability to visually observe materials presented in the classroom and laboratory environment, including audiovisual presentations, written documents, microbiology cultures, microscopic examination of microorganisms, tissues, and gross organs, and diagnostic images (e.g., ECG, X-ray, C.T.).

  1. Effectively speak, hear, and observe patients to elicit information, perceive nonverbal communication, and describe mood, activity, and posture changes.
  2. Communicate effectively and sensitively with patients and their families through oral and written language.
  3. Communicate accurately and efficiently in oral, written, and electronic form with healthcare team members.

  1. Elicit information from patients by palpation, auscultation, percussion, and clinical diagnostic testing.
  2. Execute movements required to provide general medical care and emergency treatment to patients.  Such skills require gross and fine muscular movements, equilibrium, and sensation coordination.
  3. Properly use clinical instruments and medical devices for therapeutic intervention (e.g., stethoscope, ophthalmoscope, venipuncture and intravenous equipment, gynecologic speculum, suturing and casting equipment).
  4. Physical stamina is sufficient to complete the rigorous didactic and clinical study, which may include prolonged sitting, standing, and/or rapid ambulation periods.

  1. Demonstrate the ability to measure, calculate, reason, analyze, and synthesize information.
  2. Demonstrate acquiring, retaining, and applying new and learned information.
  3. Demonstrate appropriate judgment in patient assessment, diagnosis, monitoring, evaluation, and intervention, including planning, time management, and resource use.
  4. Comprehend three-dimensional relationships and understand the spatial relationships of structures.

    1. Possess the emotional health required to fully utilize his/her intellectual abilities, exercise good judgment, and promptly complete all responsibilities attendant to the diagnosis and care of patients.
    2. Demonstrate mature, receptive, and effective relationships with faculty, staff, patients, fellow students, and healthcare team members.
    3. They possess qualities of flexibility and adaptability, which are necessary to function in an environment of uncertainty inherent in the clinical problems of many patients.
    4. Demonstrate the capacity to tolerate taxing workloads and function effectively under stress.
    5. Display the personal qualities of compassion, integrity, commitment, motivation, and genuine concern for others that are intrinsic to the medical profession. These qualities will be assessed during the admissions and educational process.

(Approved by PBA Chief Legal Officer Feb 2023) 

Practice for Advance Placement (A3.13c) 

Our program does not offer advanced placement for applicants who have completed previous graduate-level medical coursework. 

Special Consideration (A3.13a)   

We give special consideration to the applicants with the following, provided they meet the competitive admission requirements for the program: 

  • Military service  
  • Long-term mission work (ex. Peace Corp, extended living in a foreign country) 
  • Short-term medical mission work 
  • PBA graduate 

Health Screenings and Immunizations (A3.07a, A3.17b)

The Palm Beach Atlantic University Physician Associate Medicine defines publishes, makes readily available, and consistently applies a comprehensive policy on immunization, health screening, and related health requirements for students. This policy is rooted in the current guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and complies with state-specific mandates. Students admitted to the program and assigned to clinical sites are required to undergo toxicology screening for unprescribed and illegal substances at designated facilities, with associated costs covered by the student. The program ensures strict confidentiality for all health-related records, with verification conducted by a third-party service hired by PA Medicine, ensuring secure storage and limited access to authorized personnel only. Additionally, students must provide proof of immunity through vaccination records or laboratory evidence upon matriculation, with ongoing reviews and recommendations for further vaccinations as necessary before clinical rotations. The program mandates essential vaccines such as Hepatitis B, Influenza, MMR, Varicella, and Tdap based on CDC recommendations for healthcare workers. Furthermore, students must undergo a physical examination and demonstrate proof of health insurance coverage throughout their enrollment. This comprehensive approach aligns with the program’s commitment to student health and safety in compliance with ARC-PA standards.

Background Checks (A3.19)

Students entering the PBA Master of Medical Science, Physician Associate Medicine, must undergo background checks essential for working with minors and participating in clinical training at our partner sites. Students with a criminal history may face challenges completing the curriculum and advancing through the program, potentially impacting their ability to graduate. Students with prior convictions should engage with a program advisor before matriculation for guidance.

Moreover, criminal background checks are imperative for obtaining licensure in Florida. The Florida Physician Assistant Board, other state medical boards, and the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants consider criminal histories during licensure applications. Applicants and matriculants with convictions should engage directly with these entities before starting the program to confirm eligibility for licensure upon degree completion.

Submitted Documents 

Once submitted as part of your application, application materials become the property of Palm Beach Atlantic University. Materials will not be returned, nor will copies be provided to applicants or released to other institutions. Please keep a copy for your records. 

PBA’s Right of Verification 

PBA reserves the right to investigate the authenticity, accuracy, and authorship of materials submitted, information provided, and assertions made in connection with the application. 

PBA reserves the right to withdraw an offer of admission if: (1) An applicant shows a significant drop in academic performance or fails to graduate; (2) There has been a misrepresentation in or breach of the terms of the application; or (3) PBA learns that an applicant has engaged in behavior before the first day of enrolled attendance that indicates a severe lack of judgment or integrity. 

PBA reserves the right to require that applicants provide additional information and/or authorization to release information about such matters or any matter relating to their application for admission. 

Accreditation (A3.12a, D1.02c) 

Anticipating ARC-PA approval, PBA will begin interviewing for the inaugural class in the fall of 2023 and matriculate the first class on October 1, 2024. 

Palm Beach Atlantic University PA program has applied for Accreditation–Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). PBA PA program anticipates matriculating its first class in October 2024, pending achieving Accreditation–Provisional status at the June 2024 ARC-PA meeting. Accreditation–Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding accreditation-provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students. 

Note: In the event accreditation is not obtained, all deposits will be refunded to cohort members.