458 Dr. Pallavi Patel College of Health Care Sciences—Department of Physician Assistant 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, integrity, altruistic attitude, and commitment to the PA profession. 1. Applicants must have a minimum cumulative and a minimum science GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 grading scale at the time of application, and must maintain that GPA throughout matriculation to be considered. Successful applicants in the past have, typically, had cumulative GPAs in the range of 3.3–3.5, GRE scores (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. 2. Prior to matriculation, applicants must have received a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. 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 composition (3 semester hours) • English (3 semester hours) • 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 human physiology (6 semester hours) • biochemistry (3 semester hours) • human 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. The following courses are recommended: • biochemistry laboratory (1 semester hour) • organic chemistry and laboratory (4 semester hours) • 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 courses of the applicant’s choosing. 5. All applicants are required to submit official scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test to the Office of Admissions. 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 February 15. 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. 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. 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.