Admission Process

Diversity Statement

We are committed to growing a profession that reflects the diversity of the population it serves.  While we encourage and consider all applicants to our program, the Dominican University Physician Assistant Studies program will give added consideration to qualified individuals who add diversity to the class and the PA Profession.  This includes, but is not limited to, under-represented minorities in medicine, individuals from an environmentally and economically disadvantaged background, first generation college students, and individuals who have served in the United States Armed Forces.

Class Size

Dominican University plans to admit 30 students each year.

CASPA Participation

The Dominican University Physician Assistant Studies (PAS) program uses the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). Our admission cycle opens in April of each year, for the cohort that will begin studies in January (spring semester) of the following year. All applicants will apply online using the CASPA application only; no supplemental materials are required or accepted.

(CASPA GRE Code: 7340).

Application Deadline

Final deadline for submission of your CASPA Application is September 1 of each cycle. The admissions committee will review applications on a rolling basis and applicants are encouraged to apply early.

Although all applications will be equally reviewed, our Preferred Application deadline is August 1.

Interview

An on-campus interview invitation will be based on a holistic review of the entire application. nterview notifications will be sent electronically through the CASPA portal during the summer. Interviews will be scheduled during the Late Summer and Early Fall semesters. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply before our preference date of August 1, due to rolling admissions and the large volume of applications anticipated.

Interviews are a full day consisting of several activities including a group interview, individual interviews with faculty, and the opportunity to meet several University officials and current students.

For the 2017 Cycle, All Dominican University graduates, or current students who will earn a degree prior to admission, will be invited to interview if the minimum admission requirements and prerequisite coursework are met.

All applicants are subject to interview availability and rolling admissions.

Acceptance Notification

Admission candidates selected for a seat in the founding class will be notified of their acceptance by phone, followed by an e-mailed acceptance letter with instructions for accepting the offer of admission. Due to rolling admissions, this notification may take place any time during the admissions cycle, but all students will receive a final decision by the end of October.

Beginning in 2017, accepted students must return a total, non-refundable deposit of $1,500 to hold a seat in the class. An initial $1,000 is due on or before two weeks from the date of the offer letter. One month before the class start date, an additional $500 will be required to confirm your commitment. These deposits will be credited when the student matriculates, and will be credited towards his/her tuition bill.

Wait List

Students selected for the waitlist will be notified in writing. The student must inform the program if they would like to remain on the wait list. Students on the wait list may receive an offer any time prior to the start of class. Students offered admission from the wait lists will be given a shorter timeframe to submit the required deposit.

Post Acceptance Requirements

The following are required to be completed prior to the first day of class:

  • Registration form, signed with acknowledgement of payment and refund policies
  • Physical Examination Form, verification of TB testing and all immunity titers with lab results as listed in the PAS policy on immunizations – submitted to the Wellness Center
  • Criminal Background/Sex Offender (CBSO) check completed and on file in the PAS program office. CBSO check done no sooner than December 1
  • Urine Drug screen (10 panel) completed and on file with PAS program office. This lab work must be done no sooner than December 1
  • Completion of any open items identified in the acceptance letter
  • Signed Student Handbook Acknowledgement Form returned to the PAS program office

Accreditation Statement

The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Dominican University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Dominican University. 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 appear to 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. Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.