- Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
- Minimum overall GPA of 3.0 and overall science GPA of 3.0, at the time of application. Applications will not be reviewed unless these minimum requirements are met.
- Official transcripts from all colleges and universities must be sent directly to CASPA.
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores are not required for consideration.
- Pre-requisite course requirements must be met as described below.
- Letters of reference—one must be from a physician assistant.
- Personal statement
- Proof of patient contact experience hours (see tab below)
- General biology or zoology - 3 credits with lab
- Microbiology - 3 credits
- Other biology courses recommended: genetics, cell biology, molecular biology, embryology, histology, or immunology - 3 credits
- Anatomy and physiology (completed within 5 years of attending MPAS program) - 8 credits with lab
- General chemistry - 4 credits with lab
- Organic chemistry - 4 credits
- General psychology or behavioral psychology - 3 credits
- Statistics - 1-2 credits
- Medical terminology (can be taken online) - 1 credit or certificate of completion
Candidates for the physician assistant program must be able to independently, with or without reasonable accommodations, meet the following technical standards for admission, progression, and graduation from the program. The student must possess the minimal physical, emotional and social abilities to be a successful student. Candidates must have motor function capabilities, physical and emotional endurance the meet the demands of the program. If the student requires assistance in meeting the technical standards, they should make early contact with the Widener University Student Accessibility Office or call (610)499-1266.
The candidate must be able to synthesize material as it is presented in lecture style, small group discussions, and laboratory discussions. Candidates must be able to obtain and interpret information as obtained from comprehensive assessments of patients, interpret the data, evaluate a patient’s condition, and responses, and develop a diagnostic plan. The use of the senses of touch, hearing, and vision is required to accomplish these tasks.
Candidates must exhibit interpersonal skills to allow for more effective communication and interactions with patients and family members, faculty, ancillary health care providers, colleagues, and fellow students. The candidate be able to communicate effectively in English, in person, and in writing when documents patient encounters. Candidates must be able to accurately interpret verbal and non-verbal communications while accurately and clearly recording information.
The candidate must be able to perform gross and fine motor movements in order to complete physical examinations using inspection, palpation, percussion, and auscultation. Candidates must be able to perform complex, and sometimes intricate procedures, treatments, administration of medication, and utilization of medical equipment. The candidate must have sufficient postural, motor, and neurologic, and hand eye coordination. Candidates must have the stamina to sustain extended periods of standing, sitting, and physical exertion in the classroom, laboratory, and clinical settings.
Intellectual, Conceptual, Integrative, Quantitative Abilities
Candidates must be able to assimilate, effectively interpret, and understand complex information with in the physician assistant program, and professional environment through patient encounters, formal lectures, interactions with students, patients, family members, ancillary staff and health care providers, small group discussions, medical literature, academic and clinical learning environments.
Critical thinking and problem-solving are integral components of the physician assistant profession. A candidate must be able to reason, calculate, measure, analyze, and synthesize critical data. The candidate must be able to test hypotheses in order to effectively diagnose and treat patients.
Behavior and Social Skills
The candidate must have the emotional health, maturity, and self-discipline to fulfill the responsibilities of the physician assistant program and professional career. The expectations for the physician assistant program candidate are that they will exercise academic integrity, professionalism, honesty, compassion, kindness, and teamwork. Candidates must be able to approach patient encounters with compassion, understanding, and cultural competence. The candidate must be able to adapt to changing environments and display flexibility while in the program and in their professional lives.