1. Is the Alderson Broaddus University Physician Assistant Studies Program accredited?
Yes, Accreditation – Continued status was awarded September 2013. Please see the Accreditation Status icon on the Physician Assistant Studies Program link.
2. When is the application deadline for the Alderson Broaddus University Physician Assistant Studies Program?
The CASPA application must be complete and submitted to CASPA by March 1. The Alderson Broaddus University Physician Assistant Studies Program operates its admissions process on a rolling cycle. This means that applications are processed and interviews are arranged as applications are received, NOT after the application deadline has passed. It is to the applicant’s benefit to apply early and complete the application as soon as possible. With submission of an application later in the process (before the deadline) your application will still be considered, processed, and interviews However, after the class fills, applicants will be evaluated for an alternate wait list.
3. How many students are accepted each year?
A maximum class size of 36 students is accepted each year.
4. How many prospective students apply each year?
Approximately 300 applicants were received for the cycle beginning May 2013.
5. Can I send my application directly to Alderson Broaddus University?
Do not send your application directly to Alderson Broaddus University. Alderson Broaddus University Physician Assistant Studies Program participates in the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) for the receipt and processing of all applications on a rolling admissions cycle.
A supplemental application is also required by Alderson Broaddus University.
6. Can I attend the Program part-time?
No, the program does not have a part-time option.
7. Do I have to have a Bachelor’s degree before I apply to the program?
No. However, you must have a Bachelor’s degree prior to beginning the program.
8. Do I have to have health care experience to apply to A-B’s Program?
No. Health care experience is weighted but not required. This means that if you do have health care experience you will have more “points” given to you when your application is evaluated.
9. Can I work while in the Program?
Students are discouraged from working while in the didactic portion of the program. While the
students are engaged in the clerkship portion of the program, they are not allowed to work.
10. Where will I be able to obtain my clinical clerkship experience?
Alderson Broaddus University Physician Assistant Studies Program has a multitude of sites within 300 miles of campus.
11. Will I be able to request an “elective” clinical clerkship?
Students may request an elective clerkship for their elective experiences. The clinical coordinator will review, evaluate, arrange and approve these requests.
12. Will I be returning to campus during the clinical clerkship year?
There will be clerkship call back days held on campus on the last two days of each eight-week period of time. Attendance at all components of the call back days is required. During this time, students will be involved with such activities as testing, advising sessions, clinical skills workshops, and board review lectures.
13. Can I arrange my own clerkship experiences?
No. All clerkships are arranged by the Program.
14. Am I responsible for costs to/from campus for call back days?
Yes. Estimated costs are reflected in the Physician Assistant Studies Program brochure.