College of Health Sciences

Downers Grove, IL Campus

Interview and Selection Process

Physician Assistant Program

Completed applications are reviewed to determine which applicants merit invitations for on-campus interviews. The following criteria are used to select the most qualified candidates for interview invitations: science and cumulative grade point averages (GPA), rigor of undergraduate and prerequisite courses, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test scores, letters of recommendation, healthcare experience, knowledge of the profession, and motivation for a career as a PA. Interviews are typically scheduled during the months of August through January. Applicants selected to interview will be notified by e-mail or telephone of available dates. Interviews are required before final admissions decisions are made.

Applicants who have been invited to participate in a required on-campus interview will be evaluated on verbal communication skills, understanding of the profession, commitment to patient care, and other elements as determined by the program. The interview day will also provide applicants with an opportunity to learn more about the Physician Assistant program, financial aid programs, and student services. A campus tour and lunch will be provided.

The PA Admissions Committee reviews the complete applications of candidates who were interviewed and then submits recommendations to the Program Director for action. The CHS Dean, via the Office of Admissions, then notifies applicants in writing of admissions decisions. All applicants with complete applications will receive notification in writing regarding their status by the end of March.

Please Note: Applicants who interview before December 31 are required to bring documentation verifying any outstanding coursework in progress (by providing a copy of a class schedule or a transcript listing the coursework). Applicants must submit documentation of satisfactory completion of prerequisites no later than the December 31st deadline. Applicants who fail to submit this proof by the designated date will not be considered for admission into the Program.