Physician Assistant Program - Jacksonville

Admissions Procedures

Application Procedure

The program participates in the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) for the receipt and processing of all applications. However, CASPA takes no part in the selection of our students. CASPA application packets may be obtained from http://www.caspaonline.org/ or by calling (240) 497-1895. Deadline for the CASPA application is January 15 for the class matriculating in June.

Supplemental Application Form

Once the CASPA application has been received by Nova Southeastern University, a supplemental application will be made available online. Your complete supplemental application must be received no later than February 15 in order to be considered for admission the following June. Once we receive the GRE scores, the supplemental application, and the $50 fee, your file will be reviewed by the admissions counselor.

Transcripts

Official transcripts from the Registrar of all institutions where course work was completed OR attempted must be mailed directly to CASPA by the institutions. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that arrangements are made for these transcripts to be sent.

Foreign Transcripts

Applicants who have attended foreign universities or colleges are required to have their academic credentials evaluated for U.S. institution equivalence by either World Education Services, Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc., or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc.

Contact Information

World Education Services
P.O. Box 5087
Bowling Green Station
New York, NY 10274-5087
www.wes.org

Josef Silny & Associates
P.O. Box 248233
Coral Gables FL 33124
305-273-1616
305-273-1338 (fax)
info@jsilny.com
www.jsilny.com

Educational Credential Evaluators
P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470
414-289-3400
www.ece.org

GRE Standardized Test

All applicants are required to submit official scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test to Nova Southeastern University, Enrollment Processing Service (EPS), 3301 College Avenue, PO Box 299000, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33329-9905. The NSU code number for the Jacksonville program is 5522. The GRE must have been taken within the past 5 years and must be taken early enough for official scores to be received in the admissions office by February 15th. Applications will not be considered complete without GRE scores.

For further information contact

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
http://www.gre.org
1-609-921-9000

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation must be submitted directly to CASPA. One letter of evaluation must be sent from an individual (other than a relative or friend) such as an academic advisor, professor, or supervisor. Two letters of evaluation must be from health care professionals, one of which must be a physician assistant or physician (neither of which can be a relative, friend or personal care provider). It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that arrangements are made for these letters to be sent.

Interview

A personal interview is an integral part of the admissions process; however, being granted an interview is not a guarantee of admission. It also should be clearly understood that not all applicants will be granted an interview by the Office of Admissions. The Office of Admissions processes application on a "rolling" or periodic basis. It is in the best interest of prospective students to complete their applications early because of the limited number of positions in the class.

Upon Admission

Computer Requirements

Upon admission, all students are required to have a laptop computer and printer. The computer must have the following minimum specifications:

Background Checks

Students are required to authorize the NSU Health Professions Division to obtain background check(s), as per the adopted policy of April 22, 2005. Students may also be required by the Health Professions Division to obtain a background check - or authorize clinical training facilities, where appropriate, to conduct the check - and to permit the results of the consumer reporting agency to be provided to the NSU Health Professions Division and/or the clinical training facilities. If the background check(s) reveal information of concern that the NSU Health Professions Division may deem unfavorable, the NSU Health Professions Division will provide the accepted applicant or enrolled student with the Summary of Your Rights Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act and a copy of the report and request that the student provide a detailed written explanation of the information contained in the report, along with appropriate documentation (e.g., police reports). This information must be returned to the NSU Health Professions Division within 10 business days of the date the communication is sent unless another date is specified by the NSU Health Professions Division in its communication with the student. Offers of admission will not be considered final until the completion of the background check(s) by the NSU Health Professions Division, and where appropriate, by the clinical training facilities, with results deemed favorable. If information received indicates that the student has provided false or misleading statements, has omitted required information, or in any way is unable to meet the requirements for completion of the program, and then the admission may be denied or rescinded, the student may be disciplined or dismissed, or the student's enrollment may be terminated. Following the initial background check(s), students will be asked annually to provide certification relating to any convictions, guilty pleas, or no contest pleas to any criminal offense, other than traffic violations.

For further information, contact Kandee Newman, Coordinator of Student Services and Recruitment at the Physician Assistant program in Jacksonville, (904) 245-8913 or email your questions to cnewman@nova.edu.