Admission to Programs
Students may attend LIU Brooklyn on a part-time or full-time basis while completing their prerequisite courses. During this phase students are expected to:
Direct Care Experience
Complete a minimum of 500 hours of direct patient care experience by no later than at the time of matriculation to the Division of Physician Assistant Studies. Of these 500 hours, a minimum of 300 hours must be completed by the time of submission of CASPA application. Acceptable types of direct patient care experience include:
— Medical assistant
— Surgical technologist
— Licensed practical or registered nurse
— Dental assistant
— Dental hygienist
— Certified nursing assistant
— Home health aide
— Residential aide
— Emergency medical technician
— Physical therapist
— Occupational therapist
— Physical therapy assistant
— Physical therapy aide
— Occupational therapy assistant
— Occupational therapy aide
— Respiratory therapist
— Electrocardiographic (EKG) technician
— Ophthalmologic technician
— Volunteer work involving direct patient care
— Shadowing a physician, physician assistant or dentist
— Athletic Trainer
Other types of experiences may be acceptable. If you are interested in clinical experience that differs from those listed above.
- Obtain at least a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university no later than at the time of matriculation to the Division of Physician Assistant Studies.
- Maintain a required grade-point average of 3.0 or above (overall and in prerequisites) in courses taken at an accredited college or university.
- Demonstrate acceptable academic performance.
- Complete all prerequisite coursework, which includes the courses listed below.
- All such courses must be taken at an accredited college or university. The student must receive a grade of no less than C. All prerequisite courses must be completed no later than at the time of matriculation to the Division of Physician Assistant Studies.
- One year (two courses) of not less than 4 credits each in general biology, with laboratory;
- One year (two courses) of not less than 4 credits each in general chemistry, with laboratory;
- One semester (one course) of not less than 4 credits in human anatomy, with laboratory;
- One semester (one course) of not less than 3 credits in human physiology, with or without laboratory;
- One semester of microbiology (at least 3 credits);
- One semester of statistics (at least 3 credits)
All prerequisite coursework must be college-level courses. Any prerequisite courses listed above taken more than 10 years prior to matriculation will not be accepted.
- Sit for the Graduate Record Examination by January 15, 2015. The code for LIU Brooklyn is 2369. Visit www.gre.org for more information.
Initial application to the Professional Phase of the program for transfer students should be made through the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) by visiting www.caspaonline.org. CASPA will collect and summarize all of the applicant's data (application form, transcripts, and recommendations) which will be forwarded to the Physician Assistant Program. When all materials have been collected and reviewed, selected applicants will be invited for a personal interview. If the candidate is accepted to the program, a deposit of $500 is required to hold a seat in the incoming class.
The application to the Division of Physician Assistant Studies is evaluated on the following criteria:
- A cumulative grade-point average of 3.0.
- A cumulative grade-point average in the prerequisite courses of 3.0.
- A personal statement as to why the applicant wishes to become a physician assistant.
- Breadth and amount of patient care experience.
- Three satisfactory recommendations included in the CASPA application.
- Completion of course work and above criteria within a specified time limit.
- Successful completion of the GRE. There is not currently a minimum score set by the Division of Physician Assistant Studies for this examination.
- A recommendation for acceptance from the Division of Physician Assistant Studies Admissions Committee, based upon all entities as described above.
All applications will be screened and reviewed. Some applicants are selected for personal interviews based on the strength of the written application. If an applicant is invited for a personal interview, the interview itself is evaluated on the criteria of satisfactory performance based on assessment of qualities such as interpersonal relations, concern for others, integrity, and an ability to communicate effectively and maturely.
Applications are welcome from international graduate students who hold the equivalent of a four-year bachelor’s degree. All international and non-native applicants must take the TOEFL examination. The minimum total score accepted is 79 on the Internet-based test, 213 on the computer-based test, or 550 for the paper-based test. All international students who attended colleges and universities outside of the United States will need to submit a course-by-course evaluation of their transcript(s) by an accepted international credential evaluation agency. To view accepted agencies and further information visit; liu.edu/Brooklyn/Admissions/International/Start/Graduate.
The Division is accredited to have 42 students enrolled in the curriculum. Please apply online at My LIU. For more information on the admissions process, visit the Office of Admissions Web site.
The deadline for submission of completed CASPA applications is January 15, 2015.