COVID-19 Announcement Regarding Physician Assistant Prerequisites

The year of 2020 was a unparalleled time in American history that affected the delivery of higher education throughout the United States. To those applicants who have had to complete prerequisites during the challenges the nation dealt with during the COVID-19 pandemic, we realize that you may have been forced to transition to online classes and/or will receive a ‘pass/fail’ option for grading once instruction moved to a distance education format. Historically, our policy has been that we do not accept ‘pass/fail’ grades for prerequisite coursework, with the exception of the Medical Terminology requirement, and prefer to see our prerequisites taken in the classroom, rather than online. We do realize that the academic year of 2020 was a unique time in education, and we are willing to have flexibility. The Methodist University PA Program has agreed that we will allow prerequisites graded as ‘pass/fail’ and will relax the in-the-classroom vs. online preference for prerequisites. This policy modification applies only to courses taken during the academic year of 2020. The program will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation for possible adjustments to our prerequisites for future application cycles.

There are two personal statements that are a part of the CASPA application: 1-A statement addressing “Why you want to be a PA?,” which is required, and 2- A “COVID-19 Essay,” which is optional. The COVID-19 Essay is an opportunity for applicants to disclose any hardships (financial, health, education, family, etc.) that may have been faced during this time. If a COVID-19 Essay is not submitted, the program will not hold it against the applicant. Read more here about writing a personal statement.

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