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Interview and Selection Process

Physician Assistant Program

After the Office of Admissions receives CASPA application reports, applicant files are reviewed to determine whether applicants merit an interview. The following criteria are used to select the most qualified candidates for interview invitations: GPA, GRE general test scores, letters of recommendation, healthcare experience, knowledge of the profession, and motivation for a PA career. Evaluation of completed applications will begin in September and continue until all seats in the class are filled. Eligible candidates are typically invited to interview during the months of September, October, November, December, January, February, and March. Applicant files may also be placed on an interview wait list pending possible openings toward the end of the interview cycle. Applicants selected to interview will be notified by letter or telephone of available dates and asked to contact the Office of Admissions to confirm one of the dates offered. Letters of confirmation will be sent to applicants that include travel information for visiting the MWU campus (i.e., directions to campus and local lodging information).

A typical interview day on campus involves participation in the following activities, which are coordinated by the Office of Admissions: a presentation by the PA Program Director or Chair of the PA Admissions Committee, interaction with faculty members, meetings with current Midwestern University students, a campus tour, and meetings with an admissions counselor. During each interview session, prospective students may be asked about their academic, personal, and professional aspirations and preparedness for admission to the Program. Prospective students will be rated on a standardized evaluation form, which is included with the applicant's file and forwarded to the PA Admissions Committee for review.

The PA Admissions Committee meets within one week after interviews have concluded. The Committee reviews complete application files for all applicants who were interviewed, formulates recommendations, and then submits recommendations to the Program Director for action. The CHS Dean, via the Office of Admissions, notifies applicants in writing of their admissions status. All applicants receive notification regarding their status by the end of March, but many will be offered seats following their interviews and subsequent Admissions Committee meetings.