Admission to the Physician Assistant Program

Admission to the Physician Assistant Program at Delaware Valley University is offered after a holistic review of an applicant’s qualifications and is based on academic achievement, prior health care and work experience, personal characteristics and life experience, and a commitment to health care and service, among other traits. 

The University’s PA program participates in the CASPA application service and requires a completed CASPA application. 

Important dates in the admissions process are as follows:

  • For the 2022-23 admissions cycle, DelVal will begin accepting CASPA applications on July 26th
  • CASPA Start Date: Late April yearly
  • DelVal Application Deadline: April 1, year of planned matriculation
  • We will begin interviews in late August to September and review applications on a rolling basis until the cohort is filled

There is no minimum GPA required for consideration by the DelVal PA Program and admissions are “test-optional.” Most successful applicants will have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (overall and, in science). GRE, MCAT, PA-CAT, or other standardized test scores will be considered if submitted as part of a holistic application review. There is also no minimum requirement for prior health care or patient care experience, though most successful applicants will have at least 200 hours of direct patient care. Shadowing, volunteering, and other forms of service are encouraged. 

How to Apply to the Physician Assistant Program

We accept applications through the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). The University begins processing applications for the following academic year in late April.

The following are required for admission to the program:

  • Three letters of recommendation. At least one must be from a PA or physician.
  • Interview (by invitation only) addressing commitment to and knowledge of the PA profession, contribution to diversity, overall life and work experiences, decision-making skills, emotional awareness, professionalism and communication skills.
  • Ability to meet the Program’s defined Technical Standards, with or without reasonable accommodation.
  • You must have completed the following pre-requisites at a U.S. regionally-accredited institution within the past 10 years before admission:

    While required for admission, prerequisites do not take the place of any coursework in the program’s curriculum and advanced placement is not granted by the Program.
    • Anatomy and Physiology - two semesters
      • Anatomy semesters + Physiology semesters OR Anatomy and Physiology I + Anatomy and Physiology II
    • Microbiology 
    • Additional upper-level biology coursework - two courses. 
      • Biochemistry, Genetics (Strongly Recommended)
      • Immunology, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology (Accepted)
    • Chemistry- two courses 
      • Organic Chemistry (required) 
      • Additional accepted courses: Introduction to Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Inorganic Chemistry, and others.
    • Psychology - one course 
    • Statistics - one course 
  • If granted admission to the PA Program, all students must submit required health clearances and background checks prior to matriculation. These requirements include, but may not be limited to:
    • Up-to-date vaccinations: Influenza, COVID-19, Hepatitis B, MMR, Varicella, and Tdap
    • Annual physical examination
    • Tuberculosis screening
    • Urine drug screen
    • Pennsylvania Child Abuse & Criminal Background results
    • FBI Fingerprinting