Step 1 - Complete the Application
LMU-SMS's PA Program is a participant of CASPA (Central Application Service for Physician Assistants) (https://portal.caspaonline.org/). The CASPA application deadline is November 1, 2021, for the class that will begin May 2022. Applications will not be processed until the program has received both the CASPA and LMU-SMS supplemental application. The supplemental application deadline is November 1, 2021 and needs to be postmarked by this date. The CASPer evaluation and GRE must be taken by November 1. The program works on a "rolling admissions" basis. Applicants should apply early. Consult the application checklist to ensure that all required admissions documents are submitted in a timely manner.
All candidates must submit official transcripts from the regionally accredited universities and/or colleges where the candidate earned a bachelor's degree and completed any of the prerequisite courses required for admission to the PA Program.
Applicants who wish to use coursework completed outside the United States must submit their transcripts for evaluation to one of the following services:
World Education Services
P. O. Box 745, Old Chelsea Station
New York, NY 10113-0745
Josef Silny & Associates
7101 SW 102 Avenue
Miami, FL 33173
A course-by-course evaluation is required and all course work must be designated as undergraduate, graduate or professional. LMU-SMS will honor evaluations from one of the above services. The evaluation must be sent to CASPA by the applicant after the course work has been evaluated by either one of the above services mentioned.
Applicants are required to submit two letters of reference. References should be as follows: At least one letter/reference must be from a physician assistant (PA). A second letter must be from a physician assistant, physician, dentist, podiatrist, optometrist., academic advisor, science/mathematics professor, or current/recent employer. Letters of reference should be submitted to CASPA online. The PA letter of reference must be submitted before an applicant can be fully admitted to the program. Otherwise, applicant will remain as an alternate.
All applicants are asked to read and adhere to the CASPA Admissions Code of Cooperation available on the CASPA website at https://portal.caspaonline.org/caspa2008/admissions_Code.htm.
Step 2 - Complete the Supplemental Application
LMU-SMS's PA Program requires a supplemental application and a $50 application fee.
*Answering questions on racial identification and how applicants plan to finance their
education are optional.
Step 3 - Submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores
Applicants must take the general test component of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) within five years of the application date and have official scores sent to the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) and use the Designated Institution (DI) Code 0565 for LMU-SMS PA program (Lincoln Memorial-SMS PA CASPA). Educational Testing Service (ETS) will transmit official GRE scores electronically to the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) up to twice a week for all test takers who designate LMU-SMS PA program as a score recipient. A competitive score for our program would be Verbal-150, Quantitative-140, Analytical Writing-4.0.
Step 4 - Complete the CASPer evaluation and submit to LMU
CASPer link is www.takeAltus.com This must be completed with the supplemental and CASPA before file is evaluated.
STEP 5 - application review and Interview
Following receipt of the application from CASPA and the LMU-SMS supplemental application, the Admissions Committee will then review the application file. (The Admissions Committee is composed of members of the PA Program) The Committee will then decide which applicants to invite to campus for an interview.
Interviews will be conducted between September and February. Those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted by telephone and/or email to schedule the interview. The applicant will be given pertinent information about the schedule of events for the interview day, which will include meeting with an interview panel.
Following the on-campus interview, the applicant's file will again be reviewed by the Admissions Committee regarding the extension of an offer of admission. Applicants will be notified in writing of the decision of the committee. Applicants who are offered admission will be notified of the deadline for accepting that offer and other pertinent information, some of which will be time sensitive. Applicants are advised to note all applicable deadlines.
The Admissions Committee will select students for admission based on a variety of factors. When reviewing application files the committee will consider the applicant's overall grade point average (GPA), the applicant's science grade point average (GPA), grades in individual courses, curriculum, prerequisite courses, any advanced-level science courses taken, interpersonal communication skills, previous experiences, GRE scores and other pertinent information. The committee will also consider the applicant's desire to practice medicine in underserved areas. The preceding factors are not, and should not be considered, exhaustive.
No one piece of evidence presented by an applicant will, in and of itself, determine whether or not the committee extends an offer of admission. The decision to extend an offer of admission will be based on the totality of the evidence presented by the applicant to the committee.
The level of competition for a seat in the class will be determined by the number of applications received during the academic year and the specific qualifications of the applicant pool. The admissions process is fluid and changes from year-to-year. Successful applicants usually surpass a cumulative and science GPA of 3.0. It is expected that successful applicants will have received GRE at or above 150 for verbal and at or above 140 for quantitative. Information about the GRE can be found at www.gre.org.
We look forward to working with you in this process. Please feel free to contact us should you have any questions.
LMU-SMS PA Admissions Office
800.325.0900, ext. 6669 (toll-free)