Keiser University

Admissions

Admission Requirements

  • Regionally accredited baccalaureate degree or a foreign equivalent evaluated by a NACES recognized agency
  • Required minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75, minimum science GPA of 3.0, and minimum required pre-requisite course GPA of 3.0
  • Required minimum GRE score of 950 (old scale) or 294 (new scale). Keiser University CASPA GRE Code – 0284. TOEFL may be required for foreign applicants
  • Required Physician Assistant shadowing (no minimum required hours)
  • CASPA Application
  • Keiser University Graduate Application
  • Science pre-requisite courses must have been taken within ten years of the application year. The Physician Assistant Program requires the student to earn a grade of C ( 2.0 ) or better in each of the following:
    • College Math or higher (3 semester credit hours)
    • English – Minimum of 3 hours in English Composition (6 semester credit hours)
    • Humanities (3 semester credit hours)
    • Social Sciences (3 semester credit hours)
    • Behavioral Sciences (6 semester credit hours)
    • General Biology or Zoology with laboratory (4 semester credit hours)
    • General Chemistry I and II with laboratories (8 semester credit hours)
    • Microbiology with laboratory (4 semester credit hours)
    • Biochemistry or Organic Chemistry (3 semester credit hours)
    • Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II with laboratories (8 semester credit hours)
    • Genetics (3 semester credit hours)

Personal interviews will be offered to the most qualified applicants. Please note: an interview is not granted to all applicants.

Prospective students are selected by the PA Program Admissions Committee based upon a combination of:

  • GRE score
  • Science GPA
  • Overall GPA
  • Prerequisite GPA
  • Quality and length of health care experience
  • Physician Assistant shadowing experience
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Personal motivation
  • Life experience
  • Knowledge and understanding of the physician assistant profession
  • Three letters of recommendation, one written by a Physician Assistant, one from a practicing health care provider, and one personal reference

Prerequisites

Note: Keiser University requires basic science pre-requisites for enrollment and does not substitute these pre-requisites for the basic medical science portion of the professional component of the program.The physician assistant program requires the student to earn a grade of C ( 2.0 ) or better in each of the following:

Prerequisite Courses Semester Credit Hours
College Math or higher 3
English – Minimum of 3 hours in English Composition 6
Humanities 3
Social Science 3
General Biology or Zoology 4
Behavioral Science 3
Microbiology 4
Human Anatomy & Physiology with lab 8
Biochemistry or Organic Chemistry 3
General Chemistry with Lab 8
Genetics 3

Student Selection Factors

Keiser University Selection Committee for admissions to the PA program will evaluate applicants based on several factors, including:

  • GPA
  • Three letters of recommendation to include:
    • A Physician Assistant
    • Any practicing Healthcare provider
    • A Personal reference
  • Healthcare experience, including physician assistant shadowing and either volunteer or paid experience.
  • Writing Assessment
  • Personal Interview

Advanced Placement

Keiser University does not accept advanced placement. All students must successfully complete all courses required in the program

Matriculation Requirements

  • Completion of FileMD ( Immunizations, drug screen and physicals )
  • Successful background check

Supplemental Applicant Packet

Dear Applicant,Thank you for your interest in Keiser University’s Master of Science in Physician Assistant program. In the proceeding links, you will find the required documents needed to complete the Supplemental Applicant Packet. Your file will only be reviewed upon receipt of all completed documents listed below as well as your verified CASPA:

Supplemental Applicant Packet

Additional Documents (if applicable):

  • Unofficial transcripts from all other educational institutions attended
  • Written GRE confirmation of scheduled test if official scores were not reported to CASPA
  • Official HS transcript(s) for Advanced Placement (AP) course(s)
  • Written confirmation of registration for outstanding prerequisite course(s) if courses were not reported to CASPA as pending or in progress
  • Additional Letter(s) of Recommendation and an accompanying Additional Reference Form (PDF) for each letter if one or more of an applicant’s letters does not meet the require

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that your file is complete. Please pay special attention to the prerequisite coursework requirements.  Keiser University has a 10 year expiration for all natural science prerequisite coursework.  Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible. All applicants must submit their CASPA and supplemental Application Packet by the deadline.

Applicants granted an invitation to interview will be notified via phone and email. Additional documents not submitted online should be mailed to the admissions department at the address below. Some documents may be submitted via fax or email. Please contact admissions personnel for clarification and contact information.

Keiser University
Attn: MSPA Program
1500 N.W. 49th St
Ft Lauderdale, FL 33309

Toll free: 866-9-KEISER (866-953-4737)
Local: 954-776-4456
Email: graduateschool@keiseruniversity.edu

Important Dates (Class of 2016)

  • Application Available: April 16, 2014
  • Application Deadline: November 1, 2014 at 11:59pm EST
  • Interviews: Typically between June/July – November/December 2014
  • Classes Begin: January 5, 2015 at 8:00am EST

NCCPA Pass Rate

Click here to download the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination Exam Performance Summary Report.

CASPA

Click here to open the CASPA online portal.

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I realize the amount of knowledge I gained and feel that the educational experiences have developed me in to a person who can move higher up the career ladder.

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Connie Sue Centrella, MBA Graduate

It has been great attending and graduating from Keiser University.  Because of the small class sizes, I was able to build good relationships with classmates and professors.  The PA professors care very much about the progress and success of the students and have been great advisors every step of the way through the program.

Annelise Merriner, PA-C, MS in Physician Assistant Graduate

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