Program Spotlight: Augsburg College


Location: Minneapolis, MN

Number of students: Around 30

Application Cycle: CASPA and Supplemental due by August 1st; Applications are not evaluated on a rolling basis

Interview dates: October, November, January; Acceptances are given on a rolling basis once interviews start

Start date:  Summer

Length of Program:  31 months

Public/Private: Private

HCE: 2000 hours paid experience - Scribing does NOT count

GPA:  Minimum 3.0 overall and science GPA from CASPA calculations at time of application (courses completed after submission will not be recalculated into GPA); recommended 3.2 to be competitive; prerequisites must have C or better

Shadowing: Highly encouraged, but if unable to formally shadow, recommended to meet with PA to discuss profession to show understanding

The Good Stuff:

  • Favor experience in under-served communities (doesn't have to be medical)
  • Applications go under blind reviews - age, race, gender are not considered  
  • All applicants notified of status in mid-February
  • NO GRE requirement
  • Most of the academic year is Monday-Thursday classes
  • Interviews are done over the phone, but applicants are invited to an Open House on campus to meet faculty and students

Program Link:  Augsburg College PA Program Website

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