There are currently 2 different physician assistant programs in New Jersey that are accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for Physician Assitants (ARC-PA) which no matter which program you go to in the United States, you will want to make sure they are accredited by this commission as it is a mandatory requirement to take the Physician Assistant National Certification Exam (PANCE). Completing a PA program in New Jersey will not only allow you to enter into a profession that seems to be on all of the Top 10 Professions To Go Into lists out there, but will also set you up to start earning the New Jersey physician assistant median salary which is at Below are the accredited schools along with the requirements demanded for admittance into the NJ physician assistant school.
The Accredited Physician Assistant Programs In New Jersey
University of Medicine and Dentistry New Jersey (UMDMJ) Physician Assistant Program – This physician assistant program in New Jersey offers both admissions for those who have a degree already, which the requirements are listed below, as well as what is called a 3+3 program which basically allows you to do both 3 years of undergraduate studies with them as well as 3 years of graduate studies, after which you will be awarded your masters degree which are only for students who are enrolled in one of the schools “Articulated BS/MS or BA/MS Programs”, which these requirements are listed after the first set.
Requirements For Those Who Have A 4 Year Degree:
- A cumulate GPA of 3.0 or higher.
- Completion of prerequisite courses that include; English Composition, General Chemistry with a Lab, Organic Chemistry, Biological Sciences with a Lab and a Math course that is Pre-Calc or higher.
- Health care experience is recommended as well as preferred but not an actual requirement.
- Submission of your application to Central Application Services for Physician Assistants (CASPA).
- 3 letters of recommendation preferred to come from a supervisor, teacher as well as someone who knows the applicants characteristics.
- For non-native English speaking applicants, they must take the TOEFL and score of 650 on the PB portion as well as 120 on the IB portion.
3+3 Admission Requirements
- A minimum cumulative science GPA of 3.0.
- If the applicant has completed any of the prerequisites classes, grades need to be submitted to their PA program.
- An application as well as official SAT score submission to the PA program.
- 3 letters of recommendation that should come from a teacher, a supervisor as well as someone who is familiar with the applicants characteristics.
- Experience with patients is not required by recommended.
Seton Hall University Physician Assistant Program – Second out of the options for physician assistant programs in New Jersey is Setons Halls program which requires students to have the following:
- Attained a Bachelors degree that came from an accredited school in which the applicant attained a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2.
- Prerequisite courses that include the following, all of which were completed with a minimum GPA of 3.2 and a grade no lower than a C; Human Anatomy & Physiology 1 & 2 both with a Lab OR Anatomy & Physiology 1 & 2 both with a Lab, General Biology 1 & 2 both with a Lab, General Chemistry 1 & 2 both with a Lab, Psychology, Microbiology both with a Lab. Also a mathematics course must be completed as well in one of the following studies; Precalculus, Statistics or Calculus.
- Submission of the Graduation Record Exam (GRE) scores.
- A minimum of 100 hours of experience in a healthcare setting that consist of either or both observing as well as participating.
- One must also sign, read, meet and understand their “Standards of Essential Functions of the School of Health and Medical Sciences and the MSPA Program”.
- TOEFL scores for non-native English speaking applicants which the scores must be a minimum of 550 for the paper based section and 213 or higher for the computer based section.