Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences—Department of Physician Assistant 447 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. Admissions Requirements Prospective students are selected by the Committee on Admissions (COA), which considers the overall qualities of the applicant. Areas of consideration include interpersonal skills, personal motivation, knowledge and understanding of the PA profession, academic performance and level of achievement, life experiences, quality and length of prior health care experience, and recommendations/evaluations. Personal interviews are offered to themost qualified applicants to assess interpersonal and communication skills, maturity, altruistic attitude, and commitment to a PA career. 1. Prior to matriculation, applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree of their choice from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States. Applicants must have aminimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 and aminimum science GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 grading scale at the time of application and continuing through matriculation. 2. The college requires applicants to earn a grade of C (2.0) or better in each of the following required courses (science prerequisites must be completed by the end of the fall semester prior to matriculation): • college math (3 semester hours) • English, including 3 semester hours of English composition (6 semester hours) • humanities/arts (3 semester hours) • social sciences (9 semester hours) • general inorganic chemistry (I and II) including lab (8 semester hours) • microbiology including lab (4 semester hours) • general biology (or zoology) including lab (4 semester hours) • human anatomy and human physiology (6 semester hours) • biochemistry (3 semester hours) • human genetics (3 semester hours) • Medical Terminology (1 semester hour) The required science courses must be specifically for science majors. Introductory and survey courses are not accepted. Applicants are encouraged to complete their elective coursework in the areas of behavioral, physical, and social sciences or the humanities. Upon review of an applicant’s record, the Committee on Admissions may require additional coursework and testing as a condition of acceptance. The following courses are recommended: • biochemistry or organic chemistry laboratory (1 semester hour) • anatomy laboratory (1 semester hour) • physiology laboratory (1 semester hour) • Introduction to Statistics (3 semester hours) 3. 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 missing prerequisites or upper-level science courses for science majors of the applicant’s choosing, excluding physical education. 4. All applicants are required to have official scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test submitted directly to the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). 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 15. If multiple exams have been taken, only the most recent scores will be considered. 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. NSU’s PA Orlando Program school code is 0964.