Physician Assistant Program
The Committee on Admissions selects students for the Program based on the overall strength of the applicant relative to the applicant pool. The following areas are of primary consideration:
- Academic potential as demonstrated by prior course work
- Motivation for and familiarity with the role of the PA in health care and society
- Quality and duration of prior health care experience
- Ability to make sound professional and personal judgments
- Compassion and empathy
- Interpersonal skills
- Excellent oral and written communications skills
- Capacity for performance of technical functions and tasks required of a PA
- Alignment with the mission of the SLU PA Program
- Potential for success in SLU Program and PA profession
Employment during the 27months of the PA program is discouraged. Class attendance is mandatory and students should expect to be in classes or studying on campus from at least 8am-6pm daily. There is additional study and coursework required in the evenings and on weekends.
Typical Class Profile
Characteristics of the typical physician assistant class at Saint Louis University (based upon the Class of 2013) are as follows:
Average Age: 27.3 years
Age Range: 22-50 years
MO Residents: 40%
Total GPA: 3.62
Science GPA: 3.62
Average healthcare experience: 24,000 hours
(median closer to ~5,000)
To view class profiles for 2011, 2012 and 2013 please click here.
Advanced standing, advanced placement or credit for experiential learning is not available for any component of the program or any course within the curriculum of the Physician Assistant Program. Additionally, transfer to SLU from another physician assistant program cannot be accommodated.
Physician Assistant students are required to obtain a criminal background check and undergo drug testing through Saint Louis University just after matriculation and again before clinical roations begin. A positive background check or drug screen could have serious consequences for the student including forfeiture of any or all clinical rotations and/or inability to complete the Program. The potential to sit for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) may also be impacted. Additionally, many state regulatory and governing organizations will not grant a license, registration or other similar professional practice document if there is a positive criminal background check or drug screen.