Please view the US
Physician Assistant School Pass/No Pass Pandemic Policy Google
Doc that Physician Assistant schools around the nation are
currently updating on a continuous basis.
The PA program at this point is maintaining our current grading system.
For the applicants in the upcoming cycle, accepting a credit/nc is an
option. The admissions team is to meet on 3/31.
The Detroit Mercy PA program will not accept
pass/fail grades for the prerequisite coursework.
Thank you for reaching out to us about this. At this time there's
still a lot that is unknown that we are working to figure out. A
decision hasn't been made just yet regarding the acceptance of
pass/fail grading, but we will definitely take into consideration the
circumstances we're all facing at this time and will do what's best
for all involved. I will get back to you as soon as possible with more information.
Grand Valley State University
Our plan at this time is to not adjust any specific
policy/requirement as a result of the closure but we do plan to update
the website with a form that students may complete if they think that
their ability to complete one or more of the application requirements
was directly affected by the Coronavirus closures. We may allow
individual exceptions to one or more of the requirements if students
attended a university where they were required to transition to
credit/no credit or pass/fail or where they think their grade was
directly impacted by the closures. We will require them to submit
specific documentation and will evaluate on a case by case basis. We
discussed the issue and think it is impossible at this time to make a
policy that will address all possible scenarios that applicants may be
facing. If we end up encountering several similar requests, then we
may adjust a policy based on that scenario.
Wayne State University
Due to the unique situation created by COVID-19, many institutions
are allowing students to choose a Pass/No Pass option in lieu of a
letter grade in the Winter 2020 semester. The program
encourages applicants to receive letter grades in their
prerequisites courses. P/N will be accepted if the grading
institution's policy is a C or better to receive a Pass. If the school
accepts C- or below as a Pass, students will be required to submit a
letter from the instructor documenting what the grade earned would
have been (in the case of WSU courses, since we can view that grade in
Banner, such a letter will not be required).
As of now, we do not have an answer on this question from the
Physician Assistant Studies program (which is a bit more complicated,
as they require a B grade) or Nurse Anesthesia. I will update you when
we know about them.
Western Michigan University
Considering the recent decision of many Universities which allows
students to change the grading of courses to Credit/No Credit for
Spring 2020, the WMU Physician Assistant Admissions Committee has
approved the following for Spring 2020 (January start date) ONLY:
- Credit/No Credit or Pass/Fail grades, as long as the minimum grade
required for credit or a pass grade is a C or higher.
- We highly recommend that students earn a grade for their course if possible.
Please note that this policy DOES NOT apply to other programs
offered at Western Michigan University. Please note that although a
Credit or Pass course does not have a negative impact on your GPA, it
does not have a positive impact either.
WMU's Physician Assistant Program requires prerequisite coursework
be assessed at a “C or 2.0” grade or higher, we would kindly ask
that your home institution (registrar or course instructor) provide
written verification that the Passing, Satisfactory or Credit grade
meets this standard.