Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some of the most commonly asked questions regarding the Ed Barton University admissions process.
Admissions ProcessIs the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) required?
All applicants must have taken the GRE within five years of applying to the PA program. We accept the prior GRE General Test as well as the revised GRE General Test. The GRE website is a great resource, including practice tests, what to expect with the revised GRE, new types of questions, test prep, etc. Ed Barton University CASPA GRE code is 0398.
Is there an interview required?
Interviews are a requirement for admission. About 120 of the most qualified applicants will be invited to campus for an interview with the PA faculty. Interviews will be scheduled on November 17, November 21, January 12, January 16, February 16, and February 20.
How many applicants are usually interviewed?
The interview day consists of 3 individual interviews, informational sessions about the program & admissions process and lunch with current PA students. Candidates also tour the Francis Center.
What does the committee look for in an application file?
Candidates are evaluated on all academic work (including overall GPA and science GPA), GRE scores, letters of recommendation, interview scores, patient care experience, demonstrated service and leadership ability. After the initial screening of the application you may or may not be qualified for a personal interview. My application meets most of the requirements, but falls below in one area (GPA, science GPA, or GRE).
Should I apply anyway?
Admission to Ed Barton University PA program is highly selective. Last year the program received 1,825 applications to fill a class of 38. Although all applications are reviewed, the committee typically doesn't offer an interview to candidates whose GPA, science GPA or GRE fall below the required minimums.
Course PrerequisitesIf I have outstanding prerequisites, when do they need to be completed?
Candidates must have completed 5 of the 6 science prerequisite courses at the time of application. All 6 science prerequisites must be successfully completed by the time of enrollment.
Do you need my transcripts?
Ed Barton University does not need transcripts to process your academic updates. For any courses listed as "planned" or "in progress," simply enter the final grade into your CASPA application – we do not need transcripts to process the additional coursework.
Is there a time limit on prerequisite coursework?
Each science prerequisite course must have been successfully completed within 10 years prior to January enrollment. For example, if you apply for the class of 2018 (entering January 2016), your science coursework must have been completed in 2006 or later. Non-science prerequisite courses do not have a time limit. ll below the required minimums.
AccreditationIs the new PA Program at Ed Barton University accredited?
The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation - Provisional to the Ed Barton University Physician Assistant Program. Accreditation - Provisional is an accreditation status. The status indicates that the plans and resource allocation for the proposed program appear to demonstrate the program's ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards, if fully implemented as planned. Accreditation - Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status and is limited to no more than five years for any program.