Greetings and welcome!
Due to the University’s COVID-19 response plan, the UC PA Program’s faculty and staff are working remotely for the foreseeable future. We will continue to be available to answer your questions via email; however, at this time, we will not be scheduling visits nor are we able to take phone calls. If you have questions please refer them to our Admissions Coordinator, Bridget May at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants may request a video conference via email or visit UC’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GS5VinMXd8
The University of Charleston PA program is aware of the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic may have on our prospective students, and, therefore has made the following changes to our Application Analysis Process for the upcoming 2020 CASPA application cycle:
- Pass/Fail Grades – The UCPA program will accept pass/fail grades for prerequisite courses completed in Spring and Summer 2020 semesters.
- Prerequisite Course requiring Lab – The UCPA program will waive lab requirements for prerequisites for the Spring and Summer 2020 semesters.
- Transcripts – The UCPA program will accept unofficial transcripts for the 2020 application cycle, as processed and accepted by CASPA only. All transcripts should still be submitted through CASPA. However, official transcripts must be provided to the UCPA program prior to matriculation should you be accepted into our program.
- COVID–19 Impact Essay – Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the UCPA program recognizes there are many challenges facing prospective students/applicants, which may fulfill requirements of our application cycle, including but not limited to obtaining health care experience, securing professional references, and completing academic courses at this time. As a result of the pandemic, CASPA has included an optional COVID-19 Impact Essay for applicants to discuss any hardships or challenges faced during this pandemic which may limit or affect areas of his or her application. The UCPAP strongly recommends that anyone who feels unable to completely fulfill any of our requirements during this time, to complete this essay clarifying the reasons for missing requirements, as part of his or her 2020 application, prior to submission so reviewers are made aware of the situation in consideration of the application.
If you are passionate about making a difference in the lives of others through becoming a highly competent medical practitioner, a world-class education awaits you at UC. Our program is rigorous, but the rewards are well worth it.
I am glad you are considering UC, and in my role as the Admissions Coordinator, I will be assisting you with learning more about our program and guiding you through the application procedure. This is a very exciting time in PA Education and especially for our Physician Assistant Program at the University of Charleston. Please feel free to contact me with any questions during your admissions process.
“Training compassionate, competent, patient-centered providers”
The UCPA program application was different from any of the other schools to which I applied. They are looking for professionals that know how to interact with patients and have a connection to the community. The faculty takes a genuine interest in each of the students, and you feel a valued part of the program.
— Katie Costantini, Class of 2016, Grand Rapids, MI
What strikes me most about my experience here is the amazing faculty and staff who continuously work behind the scenes to make the program successful. They demonstrate unwavering dedication and passion to our education and have truly become like family.
— Logan McHenry, Class of 2015, Denver, CO
I chose the UC PA program because you would be hard pressed to find as many faculty members who care so much about the success and well-being of their students. The program has not only made me into a great future provider, but has made my dream of making a difference in the lives of others come true.
— Lindsey Gobble Keeney, Class of 2015, Charleston, WV