428 Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences—Department of Physician Assistant Successful applicants in the past have typically had both cumulative and science GPAs of 3.4 or higher, GRE score (verbal, quantitative, and analytical) in the 40th percentile or higher in each of the three categories, and letters of recommendation from individuals with whom the applicant has had a professional working relationship in the health care field. Greater consideration will be given to applicants with prior patient-contact experience. 2. Prior to matriculation, applicants must have received a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. A baccalaureate degree in any field of study is acceptable as long as all prerequisites are met. 3. The college requires the students to earn a grade of C (2.0) or better in each of the following required courses: • college math (3 semester hours) • English (6 semester hours, including 3 of English composition) • humanities/arts (3 semester hours) • social sciences (9 semester hours) • general biology (or zoology), including laboratory (4 semester hours) • microbiology, including laboratory (4 semester hours) • general chemistry I and II , including laboratory (8 semester hours) • human anatomy and physiology (6 semester hours) • biochemistry (3 semester hours) • genetics (3 semester hours) • Medical Terminology (1 semester hour) Applicants are encouraged to complete their elective coursework in the areas of behavioral, physical, and social sciences or in the humanities. (Science prerequisites must be completed by end of the fall semester, prior to matriculation.) Additionally, science prerequisites must be completed prior to being invited for a personal interview. The following courses are recommended: • biochemistry laboratory (1 semester hour) • Anatomy laboratory (1 semester hour) • Physiology laboratory (1 semester hour) • Introduction to Statistics (3 semester hours) 4. Graduates of foreign institutions where English is not the primary language of instruction must present transcripts showing at least 18 semester hours (or equivalent quarter hours) of study from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States. Of these 18 semester hours, • 3 semester hours must be in English composition (courses do not include ESOL) • 3 semester hours must be in English literature (courses do not include ESOL) • 3 semester hours must be in public speaking (courses do not include ESOL) The remaining 9 semester hours can be any course of the applicant’s choosing (excluding physical education). 5. All applicants are required to submit official scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test as part of the CASPA application. The test must have been taken within the past five years and must be taken early enough for official scores to be received in the admissions office by the supplemental application due date of January 31. Applications will not be considered complete without GRE scores. Testing information for the GRE may be obtained from gre.org or by telephone at (609) 921-9000. If multiple exams have been taken, only the most recent GRE scores will be considered. 6. Prior health care experience is highly recommended and is considered for admission. Those applicants who have prior health care experience must submit verifiable information about their experience. Those applicants with a formal certification in a health care field are considered more competitive. Computer Requirements All students are required to have a laptop computer and printer. The computer must have the followingminimum specifications: • a recent generation of Microsoft Windows (10 or above) or Apple OS (11.0 or higher) • compatible Microsoft Office software to include Word, PowerPoint, and Excel • h eadphones, microphone, camera, and videoconferencing capabilities • Internet broadband access The following are recommended features: • surge protection and appropriate backup options Tablets and smartphones, while very useful, may not be sufficient for all program uses.