Frequently Asked Questions

Master of Physician Assistant Studies

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What are the prerequisite course requirements?

The prerequisites are as follows:

 

When does the MPAS program start?

A new MPAS cohort begins in Graduate Term II. This is typically the week before or after Thanksgiving.

 

How long is your program?

The MPAS program is 9 terms for a total of 27 months.

 

How many people apply to your program each cycle?

Over 1,000 applicants apply to our program each cycle.

 

What is the class size?

We have 24 seats each year.

 

Do you take out of state applicants?

Yes. However, we strive to accept 40-50% of each class from applicants residing in VT/NH.

 

How much will the program cost?

Please refer to our website for a list of tuition and fees

 

Where is your program located?

The MPAS program is located at 24 Airport Rd., West Lebanon, NH, 03784.

 

What is the minimum GPA required to apply?

Our program uses CASPA generated GPAs when determining eligibility. The Overall GPA minimum is a 3.0. The Science GPA minimum is a 3.0. However, the average Overall and Science GPA of accepted applicants is 3.5.

 

My GPA is slightly below the minimum requirement of 3.0. Will you recalculate my recent courses?

No. We rely on CASPA’s calculations of overall cumulative and science courses.  The minimum GPA requirement is firm.

 


Can any prerequisites be in progress when I apply to the program?

Yes, you may have two prerequisites outstanding at the time of application. If accepted into the MPAS program, you must complete the outstanding prerequisites before matriculation into the program with a “B” or better.

 

I completed the prerequisite courses a long time ago; do I need to retake them?

There are no expiration dates on prerequisites. If your prerequisites are more than five years old, we recommend considering taking a refresher course.

 

What if my prerequisite course does not have a lab?

With the exception of Psychology and Statistics, all prerequisites must have a lab.

 

Do you accept AP, CLEP, audit or professional school credits for prerequisites?

No. All prerequisite courses must be taken at a regionally accredited College or University and you must have received a letter grade for the course work.

 

Do you accept online courses for prerequisites and/or undergraduate degree?

Yes. As long as all course work is completed at a regionally accredited institution and the prerequisites include the necessary lab requirements.

 

Is there any accredited institution that you recommend to complete the prerequisites?

No, we do not make college recommendations. We do require that the institution be regionally accredited.

 

I will have my bachelor’s degree completed by the end of fall semester. Can I still apply to your program?

You may apply through CASPA before receiving your bachelor’s degree. However, if accepted into the program, a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution must be completed and confirmed before matriculation.

 

Does my bachelor’s degree need to be in a medical field?

We do not specify what your degree is in; we take applicants from all different fields of study. 

 

Do you require health care experience?

We do not require that you have health care experience. However, we do require that you have a minimum of twenty hours shadowing a PA.

 


Would experience as a Medical Scribe or Medical Assistant count toward direct health care hours?

No.

 

Am I required to shadow a PA or can I shadow a Nurse Practitioner or Physician?

Applicants are required to shadow at least 20 hours with a PA in order to be eligible for review.  In light of the challenges with obtaining in-person shadowing opportunities due to the restrictions put in place as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the shadowing hours may be virtual for the April – November 2021 CASPA cycle only. The PA Shadowing form must be signed by the PA you shadowed or by an individual with authority to attest to the number of hours you shadowed a PA or number of PAs.

 

How can I find a PA to shadow?

We recommend candidates to have a solid knowledge of the PA role and to shadow a PA. We do not provide a shadowing service. If you do not already know a PA, you may consider asking a local health care provider, local medical office or area hospital to recommend a practicing PA. Just make sure to first obtain permission from the physician assistant and be aware that you may also need permission from the hospital or clinic, as there are strict patient privacy (HIPPA) issues involved.

 

Can I apply to your program if I am a foreign medical doctor or international student?

Yes, you may apply to our program. Applicants with foreign transcripts must have their transcripts evaluated and sent to CASPA. While the University agrees to review the evaluation for possible transfer credits, we reserve the right to accept or deny credits based upon the results of the evaluation. Fees are the responsibility of the student. Acceptable agencies for use are those who maintain a professional membership with AACRAO (American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers) or NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) and include but are not limited to: World Education Service (WES), Center for Educational Documentation (CED), Foundation for International Services (FIS), or AACRAO International Education Services (IES).

 

Am I required to take the GRE?

No. 

 

Am I required to take the TOEFL?

Yes. All applicants who were born outside of the United States and who did not graduate from a United States high school will be required to submit internet-based TOEFL (iBT) scores with their application.  A minimum total score of 100 (with at least 25 in each section) is required.  The Educational Testing Service (ETS) code for submitting your score to CASPA is 3709.

 

Where do I send my transcripts?

Transcripts should be submitted to CASPA. Please do not submit your transcripts to our program. The only time we require transcripts is if you are accepted into the program.

 

Do you offer advanced placement?

No.

 

Do you have a supplemental application?

We have a supplemental application which must be submitted in your CASPA application. The application consists of your resume/CV and a copy of your PA Shadowing Verification Form.

 

How do I apply to your program?

We accept applications through CASPA, the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants. You may submit your CASPA application to our program. You will need to fill in the application at their website. Please visit the Admissions Requirements page for further details.

 

Are letters of recommendation required and from whom?

Yes, we require three (3) letters of recommendation.  We cannot specify from whom you should obtain them, but do suggest they be diverse, i.e. professors, employers, co-workers, etc.

 

Do you have an application fee?

The Franklin Pierce MPAS program does not have an application or supplemental application fee. Please refer to the CASPA website for their fee information.

 

When does the application cycle open? 

Mid to late April.

 

What is your application deadline?

November 1st.  Please note that your application must be deemed “Complete” by CASPA on November 1st.  You may want to inquire of CASPA when they recommend submitting your application to ensure they have ample time to review it and give a status of “Complete.”

 

How do I update classes I’ve completed since applying through CASPA?

Applicants are able to update their CASPA application with classes they have completed. Please do not send us your transcripts; we look at grades directly on your CASPA application.

 

Can I call to check on my application status?

We ask that applicants DO NOT call for status updates. We have a high volume of applications to review and cannot give updates over the phone. Applicants are updated via email when their application is received. Interview invitations are also sent via email.

 

Do you participate in rolling admissions?

We assess applications and fill available seats on a first-come, first-served basis. Our Admissions committee evaluates applications and sends out decision letters throughout the application season.  However, we will not fill all seats before evaluating each application received by the November 1st deadline with a “Complete” status in CASPA. 

 


When should I expect to hear from you about an interview?

Once all of your application materials have been received by the program you will be notified via email as to what the next steps in the application process are. Typically, interviews are held in the Nov-May timeframe.

 

Do I have to come to the campus for the interview?

Yes. We feel that meeting with you face to face gives us a better understanding of who you are.

 

If I am not accepted into your program can I reapply next year?

Yes. If you were placed on the wait list or were not accepted and you would like to reapply the following year, you will be required to go through the entire application process again.

 

Do you provide on-campus housing?

On-campus housing is not available. We provide information on local housing options/websites to applicants who are accepted into our program.

 

Can I attend your program part-time or participate through distance learning?

No. The MPAS program is a full-time day program that is only offered at the Lebanon Campus. 

 

Do you allow deferred acceptance?

We do not allow deferred acceptance.

 

Is the MPAS Program Accredited?

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Franklin Pierce University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Franklin Pierce University. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be September 2027. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

 

What is the job placement rate for this program?

We do not offer job placement.

 

Can I work while enrolled in the MPAS program?

Due to the intensity and rigor of the curriculum, working while enrolled is highly discouraged.

 

Can you explain the Clinical Rotation phase of the MPAS program?

The second year consists of thirteen months of clinical training. This provides students with hands-on learning in a variety of rural and community clinics, hospitals and private practices under supervision of a clinical preceptor. Clinical preceptors may be Physician Assistants, MDs, DOs, Nurse Practitioners, Certified Nurse Midwives, and Clinical Social Workers/psychologists. One rotation each of Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and a Primary Care Elective make up the first 12 months of the clinical experience. Students also have an elective rotation.

 

Can I obtain my own clinical sites?

The Clinical Education Staff will determine clinical assignments. The primary responsibility of the program is to ensure a quality clinical experience and education. Students are not required to provide their own clinical sites or preceptors for any required rotations. Although preferences are considered, the program does not guarantee personal preference can be accommodated.

 

Where are clinical rotations located?

The Franklin Pierce MPAS Program has affiliations with many local sites throughout New England. While on rotations, students must be prepared to travel to assigned site.

 

Do you provide housing for clinical rotations?

Housing and transportation are the responsibilities of the student. The program will assist in identifying housing near the assigned site. The program does not guarantee students will be able to remain near their homes or families during the clinical year.

 

What is your contact information?

Lebanon Center: (603) 298-6617
Admissions Questions: (800) 325-1090