Student Admissions

Requirements

Deadline for verified CASPA applications: October 1, 2019
Classes begin: May 18, 2020


Residency

Preference will be given to Louisiana residents. Information regarding establishing LA residency may be obtained by the Office of the Registrar or on their website


The following are the minimum admission requirements for application to the Physician Assistant Program:

1. Baccalaureate degree must be received from a regionally accredited United States college or university by the day the student begins the PA program. 

2. Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 (as calculated by CASPA) on a 4.0 scale before application deadline. 

3. Minimum science GPA of 3.0 (as calculated by CASPA) on a 4.0 scale before application deadline. 

4. Minimum Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores from within the last five years sent to GRE DI code 0423 before application deadline:

  • Quantitative 145

  • Verbal 143

  • Analytical Writing 3.0 

5. Healthcare direct patient contact experience (80 contact hours) before the application deadline. 

  • Volunteer, observation, or work in a human patient care environment with direct patient contact. 

  • Examples include: shadowing PAs or physicians, observing in patient care settings, student worker positions directly dealing with patients, patient life volunteer, scribing, any credentialed positions (LPN, RN, EMT, etc.).

  • It is strongly recommended that a substantial amount of time be spent observing and talking to practicing PAs. 

6. Grade of "C" or better in the following required prerequisite courses completed at a regionally accredited United States college or university by the day the student begins the PA program. 

  • Anatomy (4 hours) – Human or Comparative with a lab 

  • Physiology (3 hours) – General or Human 

  • A&P I with lab + A&P II with lab (8 hours) will meet the anatomy and physiology requirements NOTE: If courses are not completed at the same institution, it is up to the applicant to show that the combined courses covered all required material (by uploading course catalog descriptions document into CASPA)

  • Microbiology (4 hours) – Sophomore level or higher (200/2000 level) with a lab

  • Chemistry (8 hours) – General, Inorganic, or Organic with labs

  • Biology electives (8 hours) – Junior level or higher (300/400 or 3000/4000 level)

  • Statistics (3 hours) – BIO, PSYCH, MATH, or BUSN course number

  • Medical Terminology (3 hours)

  • Upper Level Biology Electives (8 hours):

Course must have a BIO course name and number or clearly be biology related. For example, biochemistry may have a CHEM course name/number, but is acceptable as a biology course; however, organic chemistry will not count towards this requirement.

Number must begin with a 3 or 4 (300/400 or 3000/4000 level). If your university uses a nonstandard numbering system, a letter from the registrar is required stating the courses are junior or senior level courses.

Highly suggested, but not required, courses: Advanced anatomy, advanced physiology, cell biology, genetics, immunology, parasitology, virology, and other similar courses.

The following courses will not be counted towards this requirement: Seminar, selected topics, special topics, research courses, and other similar courses.

Courses from other professional programs (nursing, medical technology, biomechanics) usually will not be accepted in lieu of traditional college courses.

Additional Notes on Prerequisite Requirements: 

  • Pass/fail grades are not accepted. 

  • All science courses must be for science majors. 

  • Each course can only count toward one prerequisite criterion. For example, an upper level physiology course can count towards the physiology requirement or the upper level biology requirement, but not both. 

  • The majority of prerequisite coursework should be completed or in progress before the application deadline. 

  • Due to the wide variety of experiential learning that can occur prior to admission, the LSU Health Shreveport Physician Assistant program does not waive prerequisite coursework. For the same reason, the LSU Health Shreveport Physician Assistant program does not award credit or advanced placement for previous coursework or experiential learning; all course work must be completed within the PA curriculum without exception.

7. Selected applicants will be contacted to arrange an interview.

8. Accepted students must certify that they meet the technical standards established by the program with or without reasonable accommodations. 

 

How to Apply

Application Overview

1. Submit your application through CASPA

2. Submit your supplemental application by mailing completed form and check or money order for $50 to:

LSUHSC-Shreveport PA Program
Attention: Susan Jusselin
1501 Kings Hwy
Shreveport, LA 71103
 

April 26, 2019 - CASPA application opens

You will receive an email when your verified CASPA application has been received.

You will receive an email when your supplemental application has been received. If you have not heard from the program ~2 weeks after sending in your supplemental application, please contact Ms. Jusselin at mjuss1@lsuhsc.edu.

Once your verified CASPA and supplemental application are received, your application will be reviewed for completeness. If something is missing (for example, outstanding prerequisite courses) you will receive an email. Respond to all emails in a timely manner. All program communications with applicants are through CASPA.

We have a rolling admissions process. Applications are reviewed in the order in which they are received, so submit early.

October 1, 2019 - Deadline for:

  • CASPA to be verified
  • GRE scores to be received via CASPA
  • Letters of reference (3) to be received via CASPA
  • Postmark of supplemental application

Because of the high number of qualified applicants, meeting the minimum admissions criteria does not guarantee an interview for the program.

Selected candidates will be invited to interview in the fall (usually September, October and November)

We use a Multiple Mini Interview Session to evaluate motor skills, communication skills, intellectual skills, behavioral qualities, and interpersonal skills. 

December 15, 2019 - All applicants will be notified of admissions decision. 

Because of the high number of qualified applicants, meeting the minimum admissions criteria does not guarantee an interview for the program.

Please note: if you do not meet the minimum requirements (for example, your undergraduate GPA is lower than a 3.0) or you do not submit your supplemental application to the program by the stated deadline, your application will not be reviewed. Applications are reviewed in the order in which they are received, so submit early.