Frequently Asked Questions

Physician Assistant Program

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Frequently Asked Questions


1. When is the application deadline?
The PA program admits students on a rolling basis. The application deadline is November 1.

2. What is Campbell's policy on transfer students from other PA programs? Do you offer advanced standing?
The PA Program does not offer advanced standing or accept transfer of credit for the Master of Physician Assistant Practice degree. All relevant coursework required for graduation must be completed in the Campbell PA Program.

3. If I am accepted into the PA program, may I defer my acceptance to the following year?
No, the cycle of admission runs annually. Anyone wishing to defer acceptance will have to reapply to the program.

4. Does Campbell require a supplemental application? If so, why?
Yes, Campbell does require a supplemental application to address specific information not addressed in the regular admission application.

5. When and how will I be notified of the status of my application?
The admissions process is complex and there is no single answer that applies to all applicants. Faculty members review all applications and recommend which applicants should be invited for an interview. Applicants who are interviewed should receive notice of their status within a week following the interview. During the time application materials are being received, no status updates are provided. Applicants who are not considered for interviews will receive a letter to this effect at some point during the application period, after their application is reviewed by Faculty.

6. Do you require a deposit to reserve my seat in the class if I am accepted into the PA program?

Yes, a deposit of $1,500 is required for all accepted students. If you are accepted for the dual MPAP/MSPH program, a deposit of $1,750 is required.

7. What is the average GPA, hours of health care experience, and age of your students?

  • Average GPA: 3.41
  • Average hours of health care experience: 4783
  • Average Age: 28

8. How many classes does the program accept each year? How many students?
The program accepts one class every year with classes starting in August. The program is approved for an entering class of 44 students.

9. What are your guidelines on TOEFL?
International applicants may be asked to submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores if English is a second language.

10. Do you require a criminal background check?
Applicants are required to self-disclose any misdemeanors of felony convictions, other than minor traffic violations, including deferred adjudications, with the understanding that non-disclosure/falsification may lead to dismissal and disclosure may prevent enrollment. Additionally, in response to requirements in the professional practice environment stating that facilities providing care to patients must minimize the risk to patients that may be presented by persons with prior criminal activity, a criminal background check will be completed on all accepted applicants prior to matriculation and again prior to clinical rotations.

11. Do you require drug screening?
Substance abuse testing is becoming mandatory at many health care facilities prior to participating in patient care either as a student or a staff member. In light of this development, a negative substance abuse screening test is required before matriculation into the PA Program, and again before advancement to the clinical year. Repeated screening tests may be required as determined by the PA program or the clinical training site. Clinical education sites may require a copy of the results of any substance abuse test performed on students immediately prior to and for the duration of their placement at the site. Clinical education sites may set their own standards in regard to who they will admit based on the results of the substance abuse screening or require further testing. Students who are not willing to allow the release of the required personal information may not be able to be placed at an affiliated clinical education site, and thus cannot meet the requirements for graduation.

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1. If I have outstanding prerequisites, when do they need to be completed?
All outstanding prerequisites must be completed no later than Dec. 31 of the year prior to matriculation.

2. If I am currently in the process of completing my prerequisites, may I still apply?
Yes, you may apply prior to the completion of all of your prerequisites, as long as you show verification that your outstanding prerequisites will be completed no later than Dec. 31 of the year prior to matriculation.

3. Is there a time limit on prerequisite course work?
No, there is no limit on the amount of time that has passed since you completed your prerequisites.

4. Can substitutions be made for required prerequisites?
No, we do not accept substitutions for any required prerequisites.

5. Will you count a prerequisite if I made a “D” in the course?
No, you must obtain a “C” or better in all of the required prerequisite courses.

6. What if I took the required prerequisite course, but did not complete the corresponding lab? Will I still need to complete the lab?
Yes, if we require a lab in addition to the required course, you will need to complete the necessary lab.

7. Can I complete the prerequisites while I am in the program?
No, all prerequisites must be completed no later than Dec. 31 of the year prior to matriculation.

8. I am a journalism major. Do I need to pursue a bachelor’s degree in the health sciences to apply?
No; however, an undergraduate degree earned at a regionally accredited U.S. institution is required (regardless of major), as well as the required prerequisites.

9. I completed my baccalaureate degree in a foreign institution. Will you evaluate my application?
No, we will only evaluate applications with degree(s) earned at regionally accredited U.S. institutions.

10. I completed my undergraduate degree abroad, and subsequently earned a master's at an accredited U.S. institution. Can I still apply?
Yes, as long as all your prerequisites were completed at a regionally accredited U.S. institution.

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Direct Patient Care Hours

1. What type of clinical experience are you looking for?
The type of clinical experience that we look for relates to experience that involves direct patient care and direct contact with patients. We do not accept clerical work in a medical setting because it does not involve direct patient contact. For examples, visit the admissions requirements page.

2. If I am still working on my direct patient care hours, may I apply?
No, at least 1,000 hours of direct hands-on patient care experience must be completed at the time of submitting application. Hours obtained for course credit during educational training will not count toward the required 1,000 hours.

3. Does shadowing experience count towards my direct patient care hours?
No, we do not count shadowing experience towards your 1,000 hours of direct patient care.

4. Does volunteer experience count towards my direct patient care hours?
It depends. If your volunteer experience involved direct patient care and direct contact with patients, then on a case-by-case basis we will evaluate your volunteer experience to determine if it will be acceptable for our health care experience requirements.

5. Is there a time limit on the amount of time that has passed since I actively worked within the health care field?
While we do not have a time limit on previous health care experience, we do strongly recommend up-to-date and current health care experience.

6. Will pharmaceutical or medical sales representative experience count towards my direct patient care hours?
No, we do not count pharmaceutical or medical sales representative experience towards the recommended amount of direct patient care hours.

7. Will direct patient care hours that were accrued during an academic program count towards my direct patient care hours?
No, hours obtained during an academic program are not counted towards your direct patient care hours. Direct patient care hours must be obtained outside of an academic program or curriculum.

8. Why do you require health care experience as an admission prerequisite?
We realize that the demands, expectations, and responsibilities particular to health care present unique challenges. Applicants are required to have been exposed to health care in an effort to eliminate any erroneously preconceived notions about a medical career.

9. Do you have any suggestions on how I can obtain the recommended 1,000 hours of patient care experience?
Seek a job or volunteer in a setting that provides direct clinical patient contact. Sample jobs include pharmacy technician, nurse aid, medical assistant, etc.

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1. Is there a limit on the number of years that have passed since I took the GRE?
Yes, you will need to have taken the GRE within the last five years.

2. Where should I have my GRE scores sent?
GRE scores must be submitted through CASPA using the following code: 0406

3. What is your required GRE score?
We recommend a GRE score of 1100 (>300 revised GRE).

4. Can I substitute the MCAT or GMAT for the GRE?
No, we require GRE scores as part of the application process.

5. Is the GRE still required if I already have a master's degree?

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Letters of Recommendation

1. Where should I obtain references?
Preference is given to applicants with two out of three letters from physicians, PAs or clinical supervisors, and others familiar with your clinical experience. Personal recommendations are discouraged.

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Program Information

1. How long is the PA Program?
Beginning in August of 2015, the program will be 24-months long, There will be 12-months of didactic instruction, followed by 12-months of clinical rotations.

2. What is the tuition of the program?
For the fall 2014/spring 2015 tuition information, please refer to the tuition & fees portion of our website.

3. Are students allowed to work while in the PA Program?
Outside employment during the didactic or clinical phases of the program is strongly discouraged. Required program activities cannot be altered by outside activities. Outside obligations cannot interfere or impede class attendance or completion of assignments of program requirements. Students are not permitted to perform any clerical, administrative, or physical work for the PA program as a graduate assistant. Students must not substitute for faculty or staff by performing any administrative, clerical, or clinical duties while on supervised clinical education rotations.

4. Where can I find out more about the PA profession?

  • Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant
  • American Academy of Physician Assistants
  • Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants
  • National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants
  • North Carolina Academy of Physician Assistants
  • North Carolina Medical Board
  • Physician Assistant Education Association

5. How have your students performed on the PANCE?
Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE) results for Campbell University graduates can be found by following this link. PANCE Pass Rates

6. Do I get to choose where I complete my clinical site rotations?
We have arranged numerous clinical rotation sites for students to complete their supervised clinical training. Sites will be assigned by the clinical coordinator and students will be notified of their rotations during the spring semester of the didactic year. These sites are located in Harnett, Wake, Johnston and other surrounding counties in North Carolina.

7. What credentials will I have upon graduation from your program? Where can I practice?
Upon graduation, students will have earned a Master of Physician Assistant Practice degree. Graduating from the PA Program does not satisfy certification or licensing rights. After graduation, students will have received adequate preparation to take the PANCE. A passing score on the PANCE gives a PA program graduate certification as a physician assistant (PA-C). Licensing requirements vary state to state.

8. Do you have a placement service for graduates?
Part of the curriculum includes professional preparation and will allow for networking opportunities. It is up to the graduate to find suitable employment. Job opportunities that are sent to the program will be available to students to explore.

9. What are the employment and salary outlooks for PAs?
With fewer medical students pursuing careers in family practice and a rapidly growing population, the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) anticipates nearly all 50 states will have a shortage of primary care physicians by 2020. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “Physician assistants held about 74,800 jobs in 2008. Employment of physician assistants is expected to grow by 39% from 2008 to 2018, much faster than the average for all occupations. Projected rapid job growth reflects the expansion of health care industries and an emphasis on cost containment, which results in increasing use of PAs by health care establishments."

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