Program Spotlight: Rutgers University


Location:  Piscataway, New Jersey

Number of students:  50

Application Cycle:  April - September 1st through CASPA and supplemental app (rolling admissions)

Interview dates:  June-December

Start date:  August

Length of Program:  3 years

Public/Private:  Public, but no preference to New Jersey residents

HCE:  Required, but no minimum hours

GPA:  Minimum overall and science GPA of 3.2; recommended to take courses within the last 10 years

Shadowing:  Required, but no minimum hours

The Good Stuff:

  • "3+3" programs - Rutgers works with many different universities in New Jersey to allow undergraduates to do 3 years of undergraduate work and gain their bachelors, and then complete the 3 years of PA school, for a total of 6 years of school. Students apply during their 2nd year and then must maintain a 3.2 GPA, finish their undergraduate degree, and successfully interview.
  • MPH/PA program - There is a 4 year joint Masters of Public Health and PA program available as well.
  • Part-time option - The part-time option is 4 years with part time classes for the first 2 years and then 2 years of full time clinicals.
  • GRE not required (unless applying to MPH program)
  • iPads are used in the clinical years
  • They have a live and online option of a PANCE/PANRE review that can be done for continuing education

Program Link:  Rutgers University PA Program

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