ADMISSION RELATED FAQ
GENERAL ADMISSION QUESTIONS
- How many applicants are accepted each year?
- The Grand Rapids campus accepts 36 applicants, and the Traverse City campus accepts 12 applicants
- May I apply to both the Grand Rapids and the Traverse City campus?
- No. Applicants may only apply to one campus for each application cycle.
- Do I need to submit an academic request form (ARF)?
- No. This form is ONLY submitted if you do not meet one or more application requirements and you have highly unusual circumstances that impact your ability to meet admission criteria.
- What is the deadline for submitting an academic request form (ARF)?
- July 15 in the year of application
- What happens if I have more than two recommendation rubrics completed in CASPA? Will they all be used?
- Yes. Applicants must submit a minimum of two recommendation rubrics; however, all recommendation rubrics submitted in CASPA will be used in admission decisions.
- Does your program admit students based on rolling admissions?
- No, our program has one yearly cohort. A cohort is a term used in the GVSU PAS program to signify a group of students who matriculate in the fall and progress through the program as one group until graduation.
- Does the program offer advanced placement?
- No. All students must complete the entire program.
- Where can I find the GVSU supplemental application?
- The link to the GVSU Supplemental Application form can be found and is only available on the CASPA website through this link: GVSU Supplemental Application
- What if I submit my application to CASPA and my application is VERIFIED before completing one of the four required prerequisite courses? Example: I submitted my CASPA application on May 1, and CASPA verified my application on May 15. My required physiology prerequisite course will not be complete until August 1.
- As long as the required prerequisite course(s) is completed by the Sept. 1 deadline, students can apply to the GVSU PAS program. The student is responsible for submitting an updated transcript documenting completion of the outstanding prerequisite course(s) directly to the GVSU Admissions Office by Sept. 1 to be considered for application.
- Note: CASPA does not require transcripts for in-progress or planned coursework and does not recalculate grades once an application has been verified. Updated transcripts documenting completion of courses in progress at the time of submission for your CASPA application must be sent directly to GVSU rather than to CASPA.
- What if I forgot to include or listed a prerequisite course incorrectly in the CASPA application?
- GVSU’s PAS program develops an internal ‘local’ prerequisite GPA that includes reviewing ALL eligible prerequisite courses.
Altus Comprehensive Admissions Assessments
- What are the components of Altus Suite?
- There are three components: Casper online situational-based judgment test, Snapshop, and Duet.
- You must complete the Casper online situational-based judgment test and Snapshot for GVSU.
- You do NOT need to complete the Duet portion of the Altus Suite for GVSU.
- What is the Casper test?
- Casper is an online, open-response situational-based judgment test that assesses an applicant's collaboration, communication, empathy, equity, ethics, motivation, problem-solving, professionalism, resilience, and self-awareness.
- Casper includes 15 video and word-based scenarios. During the test, applicants will be presented with a scenario and then asked to provide a written or video open response to a set of exploratory questions about the scenarios.
- A diverse group of human raters scores Casper. A different rater will score each section. The group of raters reflects the diversity of the population. All raters are extensively trained, vetted, and invested in the profession.
- What is Snapshot?
- Snapshot is a three-question one-way interview tool. Snapshot is an opportunity for applicants to demonstrate their personal attributes to the programs they are applying to, including GVSU.
- Snapshot is available at no additional charge to applicants taking the Casper test.
- Snapshot will take approximately 15 minutes to complete and should be taken within 14 days of your Casper test date.
- How do I sign up to take the Casper test?
- Visit www.takealtus.com. You will need a CASPA ID and a government-issued photo ID to register.
- Do I need to prepare for the Casper test?
- No, there is no studying required for the Casper test. Applicants can familiarize themselves with the test structure at www.takealtus.com.
- Do I need to retake Casper each year?
- Yes. Casper test results are only valid for one year, so applicants MUST retake the Casper test each year.
- Can I retake the Casper test to improve my score?
- No. Casper scores are confidential and are not released to individual applicants. Applicant scores will be sent directly to the schools to which they apply.
- Whom should I contact if I have questions about taking the Casper test?
- What will I need to complete the Casper test?
- There is a fee for the Casper test payable directly to Casper. Additionally, applicants will be responsible for securing access to a computer with audio capabilities, a webcam, and a reliable internet connection for their selected test date.
- Where do I take the Casper test?
- Casper can be taken anywhere with access to a computer with audio capabilities, a webcam, and a reliable internet connection. It is also important to ensure that a quiet environment is available to complete he test.
- When is the Casper test offered?
- Casper offers a limited number of testing dates beginning in May of each year. Please go to www.takealtus.com as soon as possible to schedule test for the upcoming application cycle.
- Please note that the last day to take a Casper test for the Fall 2022 application cycle is August 28, 2022.
- How long does it take to complete the Casper test?
- The test will take between 110 and 120 minutes to complete.
- Is the GRE required?
- What is GVSU's GRE code?
- GVSU code: 2524
- How long are GRE scores valid?
- Five years after the testing year
- If I have taken the GRE more than once, which score will be used?
- The highest GRE score will be used for admission decisions.
ADMISSION PROFILE OF ACCEPTED GVSU PAS STUDENTS
Admission Profile of GVSU PAS Class of 2021-2023
- Mean overall number of applicants/year: 532
- Mean health care experience hours: 2950 hours (range 82 - 23,835 hours)
- Note: Exceptions to minimum health care experience hours were made on a case-by-case basis due to COVID-related closures during the 2020/2021 application cycle.
Mean Overall GPA
Mean Last 60 Credit Hours GPA
Mean Prerequisite GPA
3.79 (Range 3.08 - 4.0)
3.85 (Range 3.34 - 4.0)
3.86 (Range 3.29 - 4.0)
Mean Verbal GRE (raw score/percentile)
Mean Quantitative GRE (raw score/percentile)
Mean Analytic Writing GRE (raw score/percentile)
153/62 (Range 23rd - 98th)
154/52 (Range 15th - 90th)
4.2/66 (Range 15th - 98th)
- Which courses need to be completed by the application deadline?
- Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Microbiology, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry.
- *Note: ALL prerequisite requirements must be completed by May in the year of program matriculation.
- Which courses must be completed within five calendar years of application?
- Human Anatomy, Human Physiology, Microbiology, Biochemistry
- How are the five calendar years calculated for courses that must be completed within five calendar years of application?
- Courses must be completed within five calendar years from the year of APPLICATION
- Example: A course completed in April 2017 will expire at the end of December 2022 and be accepted for the Fall 2022 application cycle.
- Does the program accept Advanced Placement (AP) from high school to fulfill course prerequisites?
- Yes, if the test grade of the prerequisite course(s) is 3, 4, or 5. Students would indicate on CASPA if a course was taken for AP credit. It is the program's right to ask students for official documentation.
- I have completed all the required prerequisite courses. Are there any additional courses that are recommended?
- Immunology, Medical Ethics, Pharmacology, Pathophysiology, Nutrition, and Cadaver lab are all courses that are not required for admission; however, PAS faculty have found that these courses are beneficial for success in the GVSU PAS program.
HEALTH CARE EXPERIENCE HOURS
Is there any additional information available regarding the required healthcare experience hours?
- Healthcare experience hours can be volunteer, work-related, or observational experiences. We highly encourage hands-on patient care activities as an important component for PAS studies.
- The GVSU PAS program requires a minimum of 500 healthcare experience hours. These experiences expose the applicant to the healthcare system and various healthcare professionals, including physician assistants.
- The GVSU PAS program emphasizes the importance of variety in patient care experiences and healthcare settings. For example, applicants employed as a nurse aide in long-term care centers may benefit from shadowing a physician assistant in an outpatient setting or volunteering in an acute care hospital.
Do you have a list of acceptable positions for the required healthcare experience hours?
- The GVSU PAS program encourages a wide variety of healthcare experiences. There is no all-inclusive list of acceptable positions/titles for healthcare experience hours. Healthcare experiences that have been accepted are listed below. Applicants are NOT limited to this list to encourage applicants to consider various experiences to satisfy the required hours.
- For all the following positions, only include hours with direct patient interaction.
- Certified nursing assistant, nurse aide, patient care technician, patient care assistant
- Emergency medical technician
- Medical assistant
- Psychiatric care technician
- Home health aide or personal care attendant
- Research assistant
- Acceptable hours for healthcare experience include performing procedures, such as phlebotomy or EKGs.
- Hours spent writing, entering data, analyzing data, etc. should not be included.
- Volunteer work in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, health-related agencies.
- Hours spent performing housekeeping or clerical tasks should not be included.
- Medical mission trip volunteer
- Medical scribe
- Medical translator
- Internships and training programs
- Hours spent in a classroom and/or training activities not directly interacting with patients should not be included.
- Patient counseling
- Health care professional shadowing hours
- Shadowing a physician assistant is encouraged; however, GVSU will accept shadowing hours of any healthcare professional as we have found this valuable to increase your knowledge of the various healthcare professional roles.
- Pharmacy technician
- Physical therapy aide
- Dental hygienist
- Respiratory therapist
- Patient transport
- Athletic trainer
- Medical technologist
Are there any specific experiences that should NOT be used toward healthcare experience hours?
- The GVSU PAS program does NOT consider the following to count towards the required healthcare experience hours:
- Veterinarian technician
- Hospital or long-term care food service positions
- Teaching experience (teaching assistant, tutoring positions, etc.)
- Hours spent during research positions, volunteering, internships, etc., in which applicants are not directly interacting with patients should NOT be included as healthcare experience hours.
SARS-CoV-2 2020 Pandemic (Covid-19)
- If I was affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and, as a result, I could not complete one or more of the application requirements, can I still apply?
- The GVSU PAS program has created an Academic Request Form (ARF) specific to issues surrounding closures related to the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information, click here.