Courses in the Major
Students must consult SUNY Oneonta's current undergraduate catalog descriptions of courses regarding course prerequisites and time of year when offered in order to plan properly in advance.
PrePhysician Assistant Concentration (with suggested year)*
Entrance Exams & Requirements for Physician Assistant School
Students who wish to investigate this opportunity should express their interest to Ms. Tami LaPilusa, Coordinator of the PreHealth Professions Program at SUNY Oneonta, during the FALL SEMESTER of their junior year to discuss the expectations of the EAP and the application process.
Applicants should be confident of their interest in pursuing a career path in medicine as a Physician Assistant, and that admission to the Albany Medical College’s PA program is the path they would choose toward that goal.
Each January, SUNY Oneonta students will create an applicant account at Albany Medical College and begin requesting letters of reference from 3 individuals towards the application.
Ideally, references should include letters from each of the following professionals: Professor, Clinician, and Physician Assistant or other professional reference.
Completed application [including the centralized application service (CASPA)] profiles are due to CASPA by May 30 with processing complete and application materials availbale to the Albany Medical College Center for Physician Assistant Studies by June 30 and the selection and commitment process will be completed by September 1.
As a part of the application process, applicants must articulate in writing why they want to be a physician assistant and how they have pursued completion of healthcare hours. Any descrepancies in academic credentials should be discussed. In addition, they must outline their goals and objectives for the remaining undergraduate year, including time between graduation and the start of the PA Program. The plan for meeting these goals must include specific academic coursework, extracurricular activities, and healthcare related experience. Specifically, they must indicate how the proposed activities for the senior year will enhance their capabilities as a future physician assistant. Each accepted student is committed to continuing vigorous intellectual activity as demonstrated by breath of education as well as depth in some field of concentrated study.
Application & Admission Processing timeline beginning FALL of 3rd year at SUNY Oneonta:
1) Fall: SUNY Oneonta Students submits "Intent to Apply" to Coordinator of PreHealth Professions
2) January: Student create applicant account at Albany Medical College for supplemental application
3) April: Students creates applicant account with CASPA & requests letters of recommendation from 3 references.
Application Actions and Deadlines
Acceptance and Continuation in the Program
An offer of admission by CPAS requires a reciprocal commitment by the student that is binding unless there is a compelling reason to withdraw from the EAP. It is understood that the student will not apply to other physician assistant programs once accepted to Albany Medical Center under the early assurance program. In return, the CPAS will reserve a place in the class to be admitted in January following completion of the student’s undergraduate degree. (ie: May graduates will matriculate into the Albany Med PA Program the following January).
Upon acceptance a tuition deposit of $500 will be required. This deposit will be returned to the student if continuation in the EAP is denied by the CPAS. It will be forfeited if the student subsequently declines to enroll.
Continuation in the EAP will require evidence of general academic progress consistent with past performance, and of significant progress toward achievement of individually specified goals. Students are expected to maintain a minimum grade point average each term of 3.20 both in overall course work and in the sciences. Grades in prerequisite courses must be “C” or better. Failure to meet academic standards will constitute grounds for dismissal from the EAP.
A Center advisor will meet with the EAP students at least once each semester to discuss their progress and any problems that may develop. On-going communications between SUNY Oneonta and Center representatives will ensure that both school’s requirements and individual student objectives are being met.
Admission to the Center can be denied should events occur that would cause the Admissions Committee to question a student’s suitability to pursue a career in medicine. These include, but are not limited to, felony conviction, academic dishonesty, or unprofessional conduct in a health care setting.
Students can apply to any Physician Assistant program in which they meet the minimum requirements. The coursework listed above is designed to satisfy SUNY Oneonta's PrePhysicianAssistant concentration, the course admission requirements at Albany Medical College, and requirements for admission at most American physician assistant schools, but not necessarily all schools. Students have the responsibility to check entrance requirements for schools in which they intend to apply.
It is essential that students in the PreHealth Professional program confer regularly with advisors for these concentrations, beginning at the time of admission to SUNY Oneonta, with questions directed to Ms. Tami LaPilusa, Coordinator of the PreHealth Professions Program SUNY Oneonta.