On this page you will find important dates to remember, requrements for admission and information regarding additional admission exams.
The WSU PA Program does not have rolling admissions! Our process occurs once annually, please see the timeline information below. Deadlines are FIRM: no exceptions will be made.
|Important Dates||Applications, Letters and Events|
|April 26, 2018||CASPA Portal Opens for Applications|
|*Individually assigned deadline||WSU PA Program supplemental application deadline|
CASPA Application Deadline
(applications must be complete and verified)
|September 1||WSU Graduate School Application Deadline|
|December 2018||Invitations for onsite interviews are sent to select qualified applicants|
|January 2019||Onsite Interviews|
|February 2019||Offer letter for the WSU PA Class of 2021 are sent|
|June 2019||Mandatory Orientation/Classes begin|
* Qualified applicants will be emailed a link to the supplemental application with an individually assigned deadline to submit the application and fee.
We understand that selecting the right PA program is important and your decision will include a variety of factors such as value, excellence, location, relationship with faculty, mentorship, co-curricular activities, leadership opportunities, philosophy and culture of the program and finally, your intuition. Some of these criteria are quantifiable, and others subjective. Similarly, the admissions process for the WSU PA Program is highly selective and is based on a variety of objective and subjective criteria including the applicant’s overall strength relative to the applicant pool. The Program is looking for applicants who best demonstrate the strongest potential to meet our Program’s vision, mission, and guiding principles. For a better understanding of the strength of the typical applicant pool, please review the Program’s Quick Facts and the preferences listed at the end of this page.
Points are awarded based upon the following:
Step 1 (CASPA Application): Applications are received and processed through CASPA for completeness and verification that minimum Program admission criteria have been met. The WSU PA Program processes over 1000 applications each year.
Step 2 (Supplemental Application): All qualified applicants are sent a link to complete the supplemental application. The supplemental application asks additional questions that provide the selection committee with a holistic evaluation of other criteria important to selecting applicants demonstrating the strongest potential to meet our Program’s vision, mission, and guiding principles.
Step 3 (Pre-Interview Score): All qualified applicants completing the supplemental application are assigned a pre-interview score according to the Program’s confidential, electronic standardized scoring process, as well as a manual, standardized assessment of prior healthcare experience and certifications. The pre-interview score is based upon GPA (75%), prior healthcare experience and certifications (12%) and additional Program-specific criteria from the CASPA and supplemental applications (13%). Because GPA is the strongest indicator of academic achievement, it is weighted heavily. GPA includes overall GPA, science GPA, and last 60-hour GPA.
Step 4 (The Interview): Interviews will be offered in sequential order to applicants with the top pre-interview scores until all interview slots are filled. The number of applicants able to be interviewed varies slightly each year depending upon scheduling but typically ranges between 120 to 150. The interview scores are based upon GPA, rigor of undergraduate and prerequisite coursework, prior healthcare experience, letters of recommendation, interpersonal skills, critical thinking, emotional intelligence, maturity, and other factors meeting the Program’s vision, mission and guiding principles. The interview process includes an overview of the WSU PA Program, an individual interview with a faculty member and a community partner, often an alumnus of the Program or current Program preceptor, a tour of the facilities, and an interactive session with current students. There is also an optional financial aid overview.
Step 5 (Selection Process): Following the interviews, the WSU PA Admissions and Progression Committee (includes all Program faculty) meets to discuss and categorize each candidate as 1) highly recommend, 2) recommend without reservation, 3) recommend with reservation, and 4) do not recommend. There is no pre-determined minimum or maximum number of students allowed within each category. Candidates are then ranked within each category using their total overall score from highest to lowest. The total overall score is a combination of the pre-interview (50%) and interview (50%) scores.
Step 6 (Offer of Acceptance): Offers of acceptance are extended to Category #1 applicants in sequential order by rank. Offers of acceptance are then extended to Category #2 applicants in sequential order by rank, followed by Category #3 until 48 offers have been extended. Applicants in Categories 1, 2 and 3 not initially offered a position are placed on the alternate list. As the original offers are declined, offers are extended to the next applicant on the alternative list until all 48 offers are accepted and the class is at full capacity.
Preferences for Selection
We hope this page helps provide clarification and transparency into our admissions process. Please contact (316) 978-3011 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have further questions. We hold information sessions throughout the year. You may find it useful to attend one of these sessions. To register for the upcoming information session, go to our website: http://webs.wichita.edu/?u=pa&p=/news/infosession2/
Please Note: This scoring process is confidential. Applicants will not be told their pre-interview scores, interview scores, selection category or where they stand in order of rank on the alternate list. Also, applicants will not be told the individual components of the scoring process (e.g. Applicants will not be told which elements of the CASPA or supplemental applications are scored or how many points are awarded for different questions or criteria.)
Official scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to Wichita State University (Institutional code of 6884) and must be less than two years old. TOEFL scores can be submitted directly to CASPA.
The deadline to submit English proficiency test scores is November 1, 2018.