Continuation in the EAP will require evidence of general academic progress consistent with past performance. It will also require significant progress toward achieving individually specified goals outlined in the application.
In addition, the following criteria must be maintained by the student to continue eligibility:Meet with EAP adviser each semester and maintain contact with the PA program after graduation (Advisor Meeting & Progress Form)
- Carry sufficient credit load during the remaining regular academic semesters to fulfill undergraduate degree requirements
- Maintaining an overall (cumulative) GPA of 3.25 or better (on a 4.0 scale) with consistent academic performance.
- NOTE: The CASPA-calculated baccalaureate GPA reflects the cumulative undergraduate GPA we will be evaluating. CASPA uses a 4.0 scale when calculating their GPAs. More information, including a GPA calculator, is available online.
- Make significant progress toward achieving the individually-specified goals outlined on the Healthcare Experience Plan of Completion:
- To obtain strong, direct patient care experience, students should consider obtaining a certification as a healthcare provider (e.g., certified nursing assistant, emergency medical technician, paramedic, phlebotomist, etc.)
- The goal is for the applicant to have at least 1,000 hours of patient care experience before matriculating in the PA program.
- Satisfactorily complete 8/8 prerequisites (with a B- or greater)
- Fulfill all institution and degree requirements to maintain status as a student in good standing (no academic or conduct code violations) and earn a bachelor’s degree prior to matriculating in the PA program
- Complete the additional specific conditions set by the PA program at the time of acceptance notification (e.g., official transcripts confirming date of degree completion, a criminal background check, indication of ability to independently meet the and submission of all health requirements)
- Remain free of any actions or conduct that would cause the admissions committee to question a student's suitability to pursue a career in medicine.
- These include, but are not limited to, misdemeanor or felony convictions, academic dishonesty, other code of conduct violations and/or unprofessional conduct in a healthcare or educational setting.
Failure to meet or maintain these eligibility standards will constitute grounds for dismissal from the program. However, dismissal from the EAP does not affect the student's ability to apply to the PA program through the conventional application process.