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Physician Assistant FAQ
What is the application process?
The physician assistant
application process is called CASPA, (https://portal.caspaonline.org/
complete the application online, including your GRE scores, transcripts, and
letters of recommendation. You must use DePaul’s Pre-Health Advising Committee
(PAC) ( insert Link). Register with PAC and state your intention of utilizing
the Accelerated 3+ option for Physician Assistant. You will need to notify them by the winter of
your second year at DePaul in order to participate in the committee letter
process. An interview with Dr. Funk and the pre-health staff advisor
is required before you
start the PAC committee letter of recommendation process to ensure that you
have completed sufficient DePaul requirements and have a plan to complete all
DePaul specific coursework.
How do I know if a career as a Physician’s Assistant is for me?
The HLTH 120 course “Careers in
HealthCare” and the HLTH 201 course can help you begin to understand the roles
of various health care professionals. You will want to register for the
Pre-Health Program at DePaul. By being
in the program, you will be invited to pre-health events through the year,
including visits by College of Health Professions faculty. Join a student organization, like the pre-med
club or pre-health career community, to help you to network with students who
have similar interests as your own.
What happens if I don’t get accepted into the College of Health Professions?
In the event you are not accepted
for early admission you are still a DePaul student and should complete your
bachelor’s degree at DePaul. You can
consider reapplying to Physician’s Assistant programs or taking any other
direction you might choose. Unsuccessful applicants are encouraged to seek an
exit interview to discuss how they might make a stronger application.