Ryan Adler, M '11

Major: PA Studies
Job Title: Physician Assistant

I applied to 10 PA programs and visited several of the schools. It was evident from the interview process at Mount Union that I wasn’t going to be a number, but an individual in the program with the opportunity to have individualized attention if needed. The facilities were among the best that I had seen.

Physician Assistant Studies Program Application

Completing the application process will take you one step closer to becoming an exceptional member of Mount Union's Physician Assistant Studies Program.

  • Potential candidates for the program must apply through CASPA by the October 1 deadline. 

Interview Days
Interviews are required for final consideration for program entry. Following the receipt of all required documents, the application is first evaluated for completeness by the Office of Admission and designated staff.  The following are considered in the decision to offer an interview:  overall and science grade point averages (as calculated by CASPA), references, personal statement, and completeness of prerequisite coursework.

A second review for compliance with program requirements and selection for personal interview is performed by the PA Program Admissions Committee and designated staff. Competitive applicants will be invited to participate in a one-day interview process.  Interviews will be held on the Mount Union Campus.

All travel expenses are the responsibility of the applicant.

Acceptance into the Program
Notification of acceptance into the Mount Union Physician Assistant Studies Program will be provided within 90 days of the interview. Applicants offered a seat for the current matriculating class must acknowledge acceptance within timeframe noted in your acceptance letter and forward a signed Acceptance Form and a non-refundable $500 acceptance deposit (which will be applied toward tuition) to hold a seat in the class. 


Acceptance into the PA program is provisional pending the following:

  • Candidates must complete all outstanding prerequisite coursework with a grade of “C” or better. Official transcripts must be submitted to the program as soon as possible but no later than the end of summer I semester.
  • Candidates must either pass the medical terminology examination at orientation or complete and pass a self-directed medical terminology course.
  • Candidates must complete a physical examination and immunizations prior to matriculation. A form will be provided with the letter of acceptance to the program.
  • All students are required to maintain adequate health insurance throughout the program. Confirmation of health insurance coverage will be required upon program acceptance. The University does not offer a health insurance policy. The University is not responsible for costs incurred for an injury or medical problem sustained by a student while in the program.
  • Documentation verifying that the applicant can meet the Technical Standards for the Physician Assistant Studies Program is required.
  • The Mount Union Physician Assistant Studies Program requires that all students undergo background checks as part of the admission process. Forms for the required background check will be distributed with notice of program acceptance. Applicants who exhibit non-compliance with the background checks will not be given acceptance into the program. The background check must include no felony convictions. If misdemeanor convictions are found, a committee will determine if the applicant is appropriate for acceptance.

Wait List Status
Students who are not offered a seat in the program following Interview Day may be placed on a wait list at the recommendation of the Admission Committee and/or the Program Director. The wait list is activated as necessary by the program director. A wait list is valid from the close of the interview process until 2 weeks prior to the first day of classes for which the student applied. Waitlisted applicants who are not advanced to a seat are not considered for admission to the following class without re-application to the program. 

Employment
Due to the challenging nature of the Mount Union Physician Assistant Studies Program, the program strongly discourages students against employment while enrolled in the program. Class and clinical rotation schedules will not be adjusted to accommodate a student’s work schedule, and work will not be given priority over academic responsibilities.

Notice of Nondiscrimination
In conformance with state and federal guidelines, the PA Program at Mount Union is an equal opportunity educational program; this program does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, creed, disability, marital status, national origin, race or sex.  In order to protect the privacy of its applicants, information on identified individuals to third parties may be released only after receiving written permission from the candidate involved, in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) guidelines.

For More Information
For more information about the application process, please contact Laurie Scarpitti, PA Studies Program admission coordinator, at (800) 334-6682 or email scarpill@mountunion.edu.

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