Admission Preference Programs
Preference candidacy is a unique opportunity to have priority consideration for admission into the Methodist University PA Program at the completion of undergraduate coursework. Preference for the Physician Assistant (PA) program has two tiers of preference: Early Assurance Program (EAP) and Admissions Preference (AP)
Early Assurance Program:
- Available only to high school seniors. Transfers are not eligible.
- Maximum 4 seats
- Outcome: Guaranteed seat in the program upon completion of bachelor’s degree, provided below criteria is met.
High School Requirements:
- High school overall GPA of 3.7 or higher on a 4.0 scale.
- SAT score of 1220 or ACT score of 25.
- Completed application for Early Assurance program that includes a well written, insightful personal statement and letters of recommendation.
- Successful interview with PA program admissions committee in the spring of senior year of high school. Early Assurance candidacy is not granted without an interview.
- Completion of Methodist University Honors Program application and acceptance into the Honors Program.
- Must major in Biology, Chemistry, or Biology with a minor in Chemistry and must successfully complete the Honors Program*.
- Undergraduate GPA maintenance: Overall and prerequisite GPA of a 3.5 or higher.
- Must participate in mandatory advising sessions or activities with the PA program every semester as an undergraduate student. Sessions will be run by the PA Program Director, program faculty and/or the PA Admissions Director. The program will consult with the Honors Program faculty to assess both character and academic progress on Early Assurance candidates.
- Must participate in service activities (campus or community) or be an active member of a club or organization (athletic teams are acceptable).
- No legal, academic, disciplinary/professional issues either on or off campus.
- No history of a felony or drug abuse.
- Completion of health care experience hours at the time of application to the PA program. Note: Application to the PA program will take place towards the end of the student’s junior year.
PA Application Requirements:
- Must complete an application to the program.
- GRE is waived if above criteria is met.
- Scaled back interview with program director and faculty.
Early Assurance candidates must maintain academic criteria throughout their undergraduate career, but must also exhibit remarkable decorum, professionalism, interpersonal skills, and meet the Technical Standards of the Physician Assistant Program. These traits will be evaluated by PA program faculty during advising sessions, and by professors and advisors within the major and the Honors Program. The program reserves the right to take away Early Assurance candidacy if the student demonstrates behavior that would be detrimental to classmates, instructors, preceptors, patients, or would be a misrepresentation of the university and/or program.
*Honors Program Advantage
The Methodist University Honors Program is a 5-semester Great Books reading program with a senior project. Classes meet once a week to discuss a major text of an Eastern or Western culture in a seminar environment. With its emphasis on the liberal arts tradition, the Honors Program is designed to enhance students’ knowledge of the Great Books, develop their critical thinking skills, and engage their sense of ethics.
Benefits of the Honors Program for future PA students:
Honors Program graduates regularly say that the program improves their reading ability and critical thinking, improves their academic “confidence,” and improves their sense of the diversity of their “global world.” The Honors Program will help prepare future Methodist University PA students with key academic and interpersonal essentials to be successful in the program and as a health care provider. In addition to having better reading and critical thinking skills, students will be able to develop and refine personal characteristics such as accountability, professionalism, ethics, empathy and compassion—all of which are desirable characteristics of PA applicants.
- MU graduates receive preference over outside applicants for an interview, if selection factors are met.
- For those who have completed a degree elsewhere and are only taking prerequisites at MU, preference is given if a minimum of 30 semester hours of coursework has been taken at MU, prerequisite GPA is greater than or equal to 3.4 and GRE is in at least the 40th percentile in each of the verbal and quantitative sections.
- GRE is required.