The BW Physician Assistant Program utilizes CASPA for application processing. The CASPA application process for the May 2014 class is now closed.
Admission to the Baldwin Wallace PA Program is a highly selective and competitive process, seeking to enroll candidates with the strongest academic preparation and a diversity of backgrounds and achievements. The Admission Committee carefully reviews the academic preparation and achievements of each candidate for admission. Selection is based on a combination of academic performance (GPA and GRE), letters of recommendation, personal narrative, shadowing experience with physician assistants working in the field, and an on-campus interview with program faculty. In addition to these application criteria, preferences for selection include:
- Direct patient care experience preferred
- Baldwin Wallace University alumni
- Ohio residents
Applicants to the PA program must have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university, and must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) in all college work. The average cumulative and science GPAs for candidates selected for admission to the 2013 PA cohort is 3.6.
1. Apply for Admission
The PA Program utilizes the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). The application cylce for the PA cohort beginning May 2014 is now closed. The application cylce for the May 2015 cohort will open in April 2014.
2. Official College Transcripts
Official transcripts from each college/university you attended must be mailed directly to:
P.O. Box 9108
Watertown, MA 02471
Baldwin Wallace University may also contact candidates later in the application and selection process to request a separate set of official transcripts to be sent to the BW Office of Admission. You do not need to send them to BW unless requested.
Candidates who have attended foreign institutions must have their transcripts translated and verified by World Educational Services.
3. Three Recommendations
Candidates must submit three recommendations (references) to CASPA. At least one of the recommendations must be from a physician assistant or physician. The other two should be from health care professionals, a university/college professor or advisor, or a work supervisor or manager.
4. Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
The GRE general test is required of all applicants to the PA program, and must be submitted to CASPA. The program GRE code is 0498 Baldwin Wallace U PA CASPA. The GRE must be taken within the last 5 years with scoring at or above the 50th percentile.
5. Personal statement
As part of the CASPA application process, prepare a 500-1000 word writing sample that helps the Admission Committee become acquainted with you in ways different from courses, grades and other objective data.
6. Direct Patient Care Experience
- Health care shadowing experience - candidates are required to log at least 40 hours of shadowing experience with a practicing physician assistant in the U.S. Any previous health care experience should be listed which could strengthen the application.
- Other Direct patient contact experience - so that the Admission Committee has a better idea of your background and preparation, candidates should list any other health care related work or volunteer experience in addition to PA shadowing.
7. English Proficiency Requirement
Candidates for the PA Program must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam is required for all candidates for whom English is a second language. Minimum TOEFL score of 550 on the paper-based exam, or 100 on the internet-based exam, must be achieved on a test taken within the last 2 years. To register to take the TOEFL, go to www.ets.org/toefl/register.
Interview with Physician Assistant Faculty
Once completed applications are received from CASPA, the PA Faculty will select candidates they would like to interview as part of the admission process. If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted for this purpose.
Candidates with a criminal record will not be eligible to enroll in the Physician Assistant Program at Baldwin Wallace University. All candidates must have a clear Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCII) report and a clear Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) report.
New Program Approval by ARC-PA - The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional to the Baldwin Wallace 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. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class. BW enrolls its first class of Physician Assistant students in May 2013.