Requirements for admission to the PA program
Northern Arizona University has technical standards regarding expectations, minimum requirements for admission, and course prerequisites.
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COVID-19 Accordion Closed
What elements of the admissions process has the PA program addressed?
A contingency plan was formulated and approved by the admissions committee for accommodations to the letter grade requirement for prerequisite coursework. All application deadlines will remain effective. All letters of recommendation requirements will remain effective. The minimum 500 hours of health care experience will remain effective.
What changes has the program made to accommodate COVID-19 contingencies?
The NAU PA program requires all prerequisite coursework to be completed with a letter (A, B, C, D) or numerical (4.0, 3.0, 2.0, 1.0) grade. Prerequisite courses completed with Pass/Fail or Credit/No Credit are accepted only by permission of the department. Exception to this policy includes advanced placement (AP) credit, which is accepted under certain conditions (see FAQs).
- Applicable March 1, 2020 through September 1, 2020 ONLY.
- Applicants who completed a prerequisite course as Pass/Fail or Credit/No Credit during the approved time period will be accepted automatically by our admissions team.
- Qualifying courses are subject to the time period between March 1, 2020 and September 1, 2020 ONLY.
- Qualifying courses must be completed and documented on the official transcript submitted to CASPA.
Inquiries Accordion Closed
Questions regarding the minimum requirements for admission should be sent to PAprog@nau.edu.
Preference Factors Accordion Closed
The university publishes a non-discriminatory policy in compliance with section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and with Title IX of the Educational Amendment of 1972 and consistent with federal and state statutes, rules and regulations.
Additionally, in accordance with the PA program mission, philosophy, and goals, the program will give preference to applicants who indicate a high potential for remaining in the state of Arizona to work following graduation as well as individuals from targeted populations. This includes individuals who are first generation college students, economically disadvantaged, educationally disadvantaged, underrepresented populations, military veterans, and those from rural backgrounds.
Applications Accordion Closed
Both the CASPA (Central Application Service for Physician Assistants) and the NAU Graduate College application must be completed by September 1 for consideration.
The application cycle begins in April and closes September 1 each year.
If you have any questions, or you wish to receive e-mail updates, send your request to PAprog@nau.edu. We look forward to hearing from you.