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Frequently Asked Questions


When will the application cycle open to be considered for a seat in the class matriculating in January 2016?
What is the length of the program?
What degree will be awarded?
Does the program grant advanced placement?
Will the program require drug screening?
How many positions are available in each class?
Do I need to have completed the prerequisite courses before I apply?
Can I apply through CASPA?
Why is a background investigation required?
What would the profile of the “ideal” successful applicant look like?
For the Direct Admission pathway, does UC give preference for a certain type of undergraduate degree?

 

 

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When will the application cycle open to be considered for a seat in the class matriculating in January 2016?  

Mid-April, 2015. Interested applicants can register for an online account through CASPA. The application deadline will be August 1st, 2015. 

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What is the length of the program?  

Seven consecutive semesters spanning 28 months. This includes 16 months of didactic work followed by 12 months of clinical learning experiences.

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What degree will be awarded?  

Upon successful completion of the Physician Assistant Program, students will be awarded a Master’s of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS).

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Does the program grant advanced placement?  

Advanced placement will not be granted under any circumstances. All students who enter the program must fulfill all program requirements. 

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Will the program require drug screening?  

Drug screening will be performed on all students during the didactic year prior to the onset of clinical learning experiences.

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How many positions are available in each class?  

Thirty seats will be awarded for each matriculating class.

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Do I need to have completed the prerequisite courses before I apply?  

No. Candidates may have outstanding prerequisite courses and still apply to the program. However, all candidates who are accepted must complete any outstanding prerequisite courses prior to matriculation and provide transcripts as evidence of completion as described in the Admissions policy.

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Can I apply through CASPA?  

Yes, applications will be accepted through CASPA.  Current UC students who qualify for Fast Track may apply through the UC online portal system.

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Why is a background investigation required?  

Clinical learning experience sites require background investigations for employees and students.

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What would the profile of the “ideal” successful applicant look like?  

The “ideal” candidate will be well-rounded demonstrating excellent grades, hands-on patient care experience, outstanding and altruistic commitment to service and volunteerism, have a passion for medicine and the PA profession, and desire to serve as a primary care practitioner in a medically underserved area.

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For the Direct Admission pathway, does UC give preference for a certain type of undergraduate degree?  

No. We value admitting a class with students who have a variety of different types of Bachelor’s degrees.

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Physician Assistant Program 
2300 MacCorkle Ave SE
Riggleman Hall #130
Charleston, WV 25304
Fax: 304-357-4932

Admissions Inquiries 
Pam Carden, MA
Admissions Coordinator
304-357-4968
pamcarden@ucwv.edu 

General Inquiries 
Lori Thornton
Administrative Assistant
304-357-4710
lorithornton@ucwv.edu 

Fast Track Application (UC students ONLY) 

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UC's CASPA GRE Code is: 8830  

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