Contact Graduate School Admissions at [email protected] or 260-399-8000.
See the Graduate Programs list to determine if your program is online or on campus.
Applicants to USF’s graduate programs must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States.
Each program requires specific qualifications and/or submission material.
For admission to the Graduate Nursing Program, candidates must meet the following requirements:
Prior to admission, it is highly recommended that candidates:
Admission to the PA Program is granted through a competitive selection process. Applicants file using the Centralized Application Service for the PA (CASPA) between the dates of June 1 and December 1 for the class beginning the following May. Though students may be accepted into the University of Saint Francis, they are not guaranteed admission into the PA Program.
Principal faculty score each application based on course prerequisites, health care experience, personal statement, letters of recommendation, knowledge of the PA profession, GRE scores, and cumulative and science GPA. The most qualified applicants are offered personal interviews by members of the PA Program Admissions Committee at the University of Saint Francis campus.
After the interview, the Admissions Committee collectively reviews all application data and materials including evaluations from the interview. Scoreable activities (e.g., CASPA materials, personal interviews) are entered in an Excel spreadsheet, along with comments regarding each candidate’s strengths and areas for improvement. Candidates may be accepted without reservation, accepted with reservations (if there are outstanding pre-requisites), waitlisted, or denied acceptance. Applicants accepted with reservations must complete all outstanding pre-requisites prior to matriculation in May or will forfeit their spot in the program.
At the end of each month, applicants are notified regarding the Admissions Committee’s decision via CASPA or phone. Accepted applicants are given two weeks to submit a non-refundable $1000.00 deposit to secure their seat in the program. Following matriculation, the deposit is applied to the student’s tuition. Applicants who choose not to pay the deposit within the three-week period and/or do not communicate with the PA Program during this time are considered to have declined the offer of acceptance. Waitlisted students are ranked based on their scoreable activities and are offered acceptance into the program based on availability. Students on the waitlist may be offered a seat in the program at any time. This process continues until all 25 seats in the cohort are filled.
Each accepted applicant to the PA Program must have all entrance requirements fulfilled at the time of matriculation in May. Successful applicants to the PA Program must meet both general admission criteria for the University of Saint Francis and program-specific requirements (A3.13a-e). The PA program makes student admission decisions in accordance with clearly defined and published practices of the institution and program (A3.14). Minimum requirements for admission to the PA Program include:
The PA Program currently offers dual accept status (BS/MS) to highly qualified applicants. Applicants must be undergraduate students currently enrolled as biology majors at the University of Saint Francis. Only five seats per cohort are reserved for this track, and admission is based on a first-come, first-served basis. Students who are to begin their freshmen year of studies at the University of Saint Francis beginning in the Fall of 2021 are the last cohort that may apply for dual accept status. After this time, the dual accept pathway into the PA Program will be expired.
Beginning in the 2022-2023 academic year, the University of Saint Francis will offer an early acceptance track to the physician assistant program. Students accepted into this highly competitive track earn their bachelor’s degree in their program of study and are guaranteed admission to the PA program cohort for which they applied upon meeting undergraduate progression standards. Application to the PA-Seat is recommended during a student’s sophomore or junior year. Applications are accepted between January 1 and March 1 each year. All qualified applicants who meet admission requirements will receive an interview with the Department of Physician Assistant Studies. Interviews will be conducted between March 15 and May 15 each year and will include at least two faculty members and the program director. Applicants who attain committee approval will be granted a seat in the cohort to which they applied (no sooner than 4 years following admission to undergraduate studies) upon meeting the undergraduate progression standards. Accepted students are guaranteed admission into the PA Program without the need for a second interview prior to matriculation. Students accepted into the PA-Seat are required to meet all progression standards to maintain their early acceptance. Failure to meet the progression standards will result in immediate relinquishment of early acceptance status and dismissal from the PA-Seat without reimbursement. Any student dismissed from the early acceptance track may apply to the PA Program through a regular application cycle.
To be eligible to apply for the PA-Seat and receive an interview from the Department of Physician Assistant Studies, applicants must:
To maintain early acceptance status, all accepted students must:
The University of Saint Francis and Manchester University maintain an articulation agreement through the 2024-2025 academic year. Under the terms of the agreement, two students enrolled at Manchester University who are on target for graduation may be provisionally accepted to the Physician Assistant Studies Program at USF per cohort one year prior to their matriculation at USF provided they meet the following criteria:
Progression standards for the articulation agreement include that students must:
Other terms of the agreement include the following:
Any individual may be denied admission to the PA Program and any student may be dismissed or excluded from the program if it is determined by the responsible administrator that the individual or student does not possess the likely capabilities required of a practicing health care professional or practitioner in the field of that student’s training. This may be based upon the individual’s knowledge, conduct, character, or mental or physical fitness.