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When does the program accept applications?
What are the prerequisites for the program?
How will applications be submitted to the program?
How can I make my application as competitive as possible?
What work experience will I need in order to satisfy the experience portion of the prerequisites?
How long is the program?
What is the structure of the program?
Where is the program in the accreditation process?
Will there be any information sessions coming soon?
Where are classes held for the PA program at Westfield State University?
Where are the clinical clerkships located for the program?
How long are classes in the program?
What credentials will I have upon completion of the Physician Assistant program at Westfield State University?
What financial aid options are available for students in the program?
Is there university housing available to the students in the program?
Is there a GRE requirement for applicants to the program?
Does the program require letters of recommendation for the applicants?
Does the program require a personal statement from the applicants?
Does the program have rolling admissions?
Does the program accept prerequisites taken at a community college or online?
What kind of documentation must applicants provide to verify patient contact hours?
Can applicants have outstanding prerequisites when they apply to the program?
What kind of course may be permitted to substitute for the ethics course prerequisite?
When will the program hold interviews for the applicants?
The Program accepts applications through the CASPA system every year. The admissions cycles open on April 30. The deadline for CASPA applications to the WSU PA Program are August 1st. A supplemental application is also due at the same time. Final materials for pending prerequisites can be sent directly to the Program after that deadline, until matriculation. Applicants can refer to our CASPA program page for more information and the link to the supplemental application when the cycle opens, April 30.
Applications will be submitted through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). An additional supplemental application is submitted through the University directly. The link to the supplemental application is listed on our Admissions Requirements page.
In addition to having a strong GPA in the science courses, competitive applicants will have high quality patient care experience.
Many different types of patient care experience (such as EMT, scribe, paramedic, lab tech, volunteer, nurse's aide) are accepted so long as they involve direct contact with patients. A breadth of experience with patient populations that spans all of the stages of life and types of settings is highly valued by the Program.
The program can be completed in twenty four months.
The first year focuses on didactic studies, in which students complete coursework employing a systems approach and learn a variety of pedagogical techniques. The curriculum is full-time and very demanding. Following the successful completion of coursework, a competency-based course will be offered to assure the readiness of the student to enter clinical clerkships. The student will then progress to 12 months of clinical clerkships throughout the region and beyond. The clinical clerkships are in private medical offices, hospitals and medical centers in areas such as primary care, pediatrics, hospital medicine, surgery, and emergency medicine.
The Westfield State University Physician Assistant Studies program has been granted "Accreditation - Provisional" status by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The full accreditation statement is:
The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation - Provisional status to the Westfield State University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Westfield State 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.
We hold information sessions throughout the year, at Westfield State University and now virtually. You can RSVP to one of the dates by going to the main page of our Program. A link is provided there to RSVP. You can also follow our social media accounts for announcements.
Courses are held in the Dr. Nettie M. Stevens Science and Innovation Center as well as in our program classroom.
Clinical clerkships are located throughout Massachusetts and beyond. The clinical clerkships are in private medical offices, hospitals, and medical centers.
During the didactic year, the program involves course work that will fill the entire day.
Upon completion of the Physician Assistant program, students are awarded a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Westfield State University.
Students are able to make use of a variety of financial aid options through the Westfield State University College of Graduate and Continuing Education (CGCE). You can contact Simone Backstedt for more information that is specific to financial aid for the PA Program.
Graduate students have the opportunity to use university housing, subject to availability. Students can contact the Associate Director of Housing, Dr. Joshua Hettrick.
There is not a GRE requirement for applicants to the program.
Yes. The program requires at least three letters of recommendation for the applicants. The letters should come from different aspects of their academic and professional career. For example, applicants can submit letters from a professional supervisor, clinical mentor, and a professor.
Yes. The program requires a personal statement from the applicant.
The WSU PA Program does not have rolling admissions. All applications will be reviewed prior to selecting who to invite to interview.
The WSU PA Program accepts prerequisites taken at accredited institutions of higher education. These include courses taken at community colleges and accredited online programs. The courses must have credit hours. Certificates do not satisfy course prerequisites. Applicants may email the program to confirm that their specific course will be accepted. The email must include a copy of the course description and syllabi for the Admissions Committee to review.
Applicants must provide documentation from the HR or coordinator of the organization(s) from which they had the patient contact. This can be in the form of a letter detailing the hours and experience as well as a report generated by the organization.
Applicants may have up to two (2) prerequisites in progress when they apply through CASPA. Applicants must list their plan to complete the prerequisite(s) prior to matriculation. They will be required to submit a copy of their final transcript directly to the program. Applicants will not be able to matriculate without completion of all prerequisites.
Applicants interested in substituting another course for the ethics prerequisite must email a copy of the desired course's description and syllabus. Acceptable courses must list dilemma and conflict processing and resolution in the objectives and outcomes. The Admissions Committee will review the description and syllabus. A response with approval or denial will be sent once a decision has been made.
The Admissions Committee will review all applications and select which applicants will be invited to interview here at Westfield State University. More information will be provided when candidates are invited to interview.