- Is the PA program accredited?
- Do you accept out of state residents?
- How long is the PA program at LSU Health Shreveport?
- How do I determine if I'm considered a Louisiana resident?
- How much does the entire program cost?
- Where are your clinical rotation sites?
- Do I need to hold any certification or qualification in order to be accepted?
- If I already hold a health care provider certificate or license, can I be excused from certain classes or rotations?
- I am a student at another PA program but I want to do my rotations in Shreveport. Can I transfer to your program for my clinical rotations?
- Is financial aid available?
- Do I need to take the GRE?
- Will letters of recommendation enhance my chance of admission?
- What type of setting is best to obtain direct patient contact hours?
- Do you require/prefer that I shadow a PA?
- I did not get in last year. How do I improve my application?
- Can I send you my transcript to review?
- Can I schedule a meeting to discuss my application?
- Do you prefer face-to-face courses or online courses?
- Do I have to have all prerequisite coursework completed to apply?
- I obtained my degree/completed my prerequisite coursework several years ago. Is there a time limit on course completion?
- The university I attend does not offer one of your prerequisite courses. What should I do?
- Genetics is offered at my university as a 200 level course. Will this still count as an upper level biology?
- Can I attend the program on a part time basis?
- Will I be able to work while in school?
- Should I take more science courses than those required?
- What type of degree do I need to apply?
- How many students are accepted?
- What is the alternate list?
- Will being an alternate one year mean I have an advantage the following year if I apply?
- I did poorly my first year in college. How will that affect my chances?
- How do you calculate the cumulative grade point average if I repeated a course?
- I have reviewed the website and this page but still have questions. Now what do I do?
The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Shreveport Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Shreveport. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.
Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be 2026 September. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.
Tuition is determined annually by the Louisiana State Legislature. Currently (2016-2017), the program cost is estimated at $39,000 for residents and $66,000 for non-residents, calculated by adding tuition and fees for 3 summer + 2 fall + 2 spring semesters. The current tuition and fee schedule is located on the registrar’s website.
No, but healthcare experience is beneficial. If you desire to be an EMT, paramedic, LPN, RN, PTA, etc, then feel free to pursue those career paths. You must only satisfy our 80 hours of direct patient contact to apply. This is a competitive process, so anything you do above the minimum will improve your chance of selection.
We require the applicant to volunteer/observe/work in a human patient care environment with direct patient contact for at least 80 hours prior to turning in an application. Examples of experiences are: shadowing PAs or physicians, student worker positions directly dealing with patients, 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.
Review the admissions checklist and self-assessment document on the supplemental application. The self-assessment portion was designed to allow you to compare your application to the average numbers of the students accepted. If you scored below average in any category, this is where you should focus your efforts.
Transcripts are reviewed via CASPA, once the application is verified and the supplemental application is received. We are not able to review transcripts prior to the official review in CASPA; however, we have developed an admissions checklist and self-assessment document on the supplemental application for you to review your application and determine where improvements are needed.
We are not able to meet with applicants; however, we have developed an admissions checklist and self-assessment document on the supplemental application for you to review your application and determine where improvements are needed.
Although we do not have a time limit on completing prerequisite coursework, the intention is for the coursework to be the foundation for PA school. If you do not recall the information learned in your courses, you may be doing yourself a disservice. If you have been out of school for more than a few years, it is critical that you demonstrate your ability to manage a full academic load. We recommend you take a full load of upper level coursework to best prepare you for the rigorous nature of the PA Program.
Due to the heavy class (approximately 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday) and study schedule, we do not recommend that you work while in the program. Students have a difficult time scheduling their lives around study, class, and family without having to include a work schedule. Some students have been able to work part time on weekends on an "as needed" basis; however, we do not recommend this.
Additional science courses are beneficial. They increase your knowledge of science and prepare you for the rigorous course level of the curriculum. If you are not accepted on your first attempt, we recommend taking upper level science courses to increase your chances of acceptance the following year. Some suggestions for these courses would be: genetics, immunology, cellular biology, physiology, comparative anatomy, pharmacology, any other "ology" courses offered.
If you can attend an information session, please do so. We have uploaded an informational video for those who are not able to visit Shreveport. If you have a specific question, complete the applicant checklist and email it with your question to email@example.com. General questions, such as ‘What should my major be?’, ‘Do you prefer this experience over that experience?’, and ‘What do I need to do to get into the program?’ cannot be answered.