PA Program: Frequently Asked Questions
Students should be well prepared for the PANCE prior to graduation while completing the Marywood PA Program. Students first are tested on every PANCE topic during their clinical year. So students are continually studying for their boards. Students also are provided with
The program does not guarantee job placement. Faculty do provide students with any emails/requests they receive for job placements. Faculty also help students write a curriculum vitae and cover letter. They provide lectures on contract negotiations and the interview process. Students are also able to discuss job offers with PA faculty and review of their contracts.
The PA program does not provide housing at clinical sites but also does not send a student to a location where they do not have housing. For example, if a student says they have housing in Virginia, they may be sent to rotations in Virginia in driving distance from their house. A student that is not from Virginia would not be placed there and expected to find housing. Many students keep local housing as they complete rotations near Marywood.
Yes! At Marywood, you have an individualized rotation experience. Each student will be assigned a clinical advisor who will work with them on setting up their clinical rotations. Students are able to make suggestions on rotations they would like to complete either locally or out of the area. Although all of these accommodations are not guaranteed, most students are pleased with the input they have into their clinical experiences.
The clinical rotations can be located anywhere across the United States. Some students elect to stay "local" and are scheduled as rotation sites within a
Most students receive a combination of loans, grants, and, in the case of our Pre-PA students, work-study.
We offer a Mentor-Mentee program that matches a Didactic year student with a Clinical year student, as a “mentor” to help guide a new student through the program. Every student is also assigned a faculty advisor. Advising meetings will occur at least once per semester, at which time the advisor and student will discuss their academic progress. Professionalism assessments will also be performed once per semester, which allows students to perform a self-assessment of their professionalism and receive feedback from their advisor.
This is a full-time program, with no part-time option. During the first year, students will have classes Monday through Friday, generally from 8:00 a.m. to at least 5:00 p.m. There may be one or two evening classes per semester as well.
While on rotations during the second year, students will go to a new rotation site every five weeks and are expected to fulfill the hours required at different sites, including evenings, weekends, and on-call coverage. A Marywood PA student will complete all of their rotations in 1 year. Students will start in May and end in May prior to graduation from PA school. Students will be scheduled in 10 -
Our program involves an intensive course of didactic and clinical medical education. It is extremely difficult to work during the didactic and/or the clinical phase of the program due to the intensity of the coursework. During the clinical year, most of our students will average 50 or more hours per week in clinical learning activities.
There is a mandatory week-long orientation that occurs one week prior to the start of Summer classes in May.
The PA program is accredited for a maximum of 60 students per cohort. Approximately half of those students come from Marywood’s Pre-PA program.
We require candidates to shadow a PA for a minimum of 50 hours. We do not provide a shadowing service. If you don't already know a PA, you may consider asking a local health care provider, local medical office or area hospital to recommend a practicing PA. Just make sure to first obtain permission from the physician assistant and be aware that you may also need permission from the hospital or clinic, as there are strict patient privacy (HIPPA) issues involved.
- Confirm if you want to be on the
- Those on the wait list can potentially be admitted into the program up until May.
- Continue with your current experiences and complete your prerequisite courses.
- Review the website and statistics on admitted students. Re-assess your application to find areas for potential improvement. For example, maybe you had one or two low grades that lowered your overall and/or prerequisite GPA, or maybe you were not involved actively in community service, or merely forgot to include it on your application.
- Start your process of reapplying for the next admissions cycle. If this is the path you are committed to, then keep trying!
The wait list is utilized to fill seats that open after interviews have concluded. Typically, candidates are selected as seats become available. After all expected candidates arrive for orientation in May, those not selected will be sent a final decision letter.
Applicants are notified of an admission decision within two weeks of their interview. Upon acceptance, a $500 non-refundable deposit is required to secure your spot in the program.
Yes, as long as your undergraduate institution granted AP credits and they are listed on your transcript.
The Master of Physician Assistant Studies program is 24 months in duration and begins in May.
The Admissions Cycle opens in mid-April every year, and the deadline for admission is October 1st. Any application that is received or incomplete after that date will not be reviewed and the applicant will be ineligible for consideration during that cycle.