School of Health Sciences
Physician Assistant
The HPU PA Program
Prospective Students
The Physician Assistant

Admission Process

CASPA Participation

The High Point University PA program uses the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). The founding Class of 2017 will begin studies in June of 2015. All applicants applying for the Founding Class of 2017 will apply online using the CASPA application.

Founding Class of 2017 (enrolling June 2015) Application Deadline and Interview Timeline

Final Deadline for completion of your CASPA Application: November 1, 2014

The admissions committee will begin reviewing applications in the early fall of 2014 and continue through December 2014. The final round of interviews will be conducted in January 2015. The High Point University PA program accepts candidates for admission on a modified-rolling basis and applicants are encouraged to apply early.

Assessing Applicants for Interview Consideration

Applicants are considered for an on-campus interview based on the relative strength of their CASPA application in meeting or exceeding the HPU PA Program Admission Requirements as compared against the applicant pool. HPU Program Admission Requirements include the following categories:

  1. Prerequisite Coursework
  2. Grade Point Averages (GPAs)
  3. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores
  4. Health Care Experience
  5. References
  6. Bachelor’s Degree Requirement
  7. Ability to perform the program-required Technical Standards

High Point University Graduates

All High Point University graduates who meet the HPU PA Program Admission Requirements will be invited for an interview.

Candidate Interviews

We anticipate interviewing approximately 60 applicants during the November 2014 through January 2015 timeframe and will be selecting 20 candidates for the Founding Class of 2017. Based on the number of applications typically received by PA programs it is anticipated that many applicants who meet the minimum admission requirements will not be selected for one of the 60 interview opportunities.

Candidate interview days will include multiple individual and/or group interviews, a writing exercise, and a program informational session and tour. The interview process assesses candidate’s academic preparedness, exposure to the health care setting, understanding of the PA role, and possession of the non-cognitive attributes required for success as a future clinician. Non-cognitive factors include, but are not limited to: service orientation, social skills, cultural competence, teamwork, oral and written communication, ethical responsibility, reliability and dependability, resilience and adaptability, capacity for improvement, critical thinking, and quantitative, scientific, and ethical reasoning ability.

Notification of Acceptance or Alternate Status

We inform candidates of their acceptance status via phone calls within three weeks of their admission interview and confirm their acceptance and any conditional requirements via a Letter of Acceptance.

We will inform candidates not offered acceptance into the program of their alternate status in March of 2015 and ask you to confirm your interest in being added to the alternate list. Alternates may be accepted into the Founding Class of 2017 as late as June 2015.

Confirming Acceptance of Offer of Admission

All candidates accepted into the program will be charged a $1000 nonrefundable deposit to hold their seat. This money is due within 1-2 week(s) of notification and acceptance of offer and will be applied toward their first semester comprehensive fee upon matriculation.

Post-Acceptance Requirements

Once accepted into the HPU PA Program, the candidate must submit the following information or complete the following processes prior to matriculation. Each requirement and the associated program policies are described below. Details for completing the process are included in the candidate’s letter of acceptance.

  • Technical Standards Attestation
  • Health Information and Immunization Form
  • Background Check and Drug Screening
  • Completion of Conditional Acceptance Requirements

Technical Standards Attestation

All students must meet the minimum technical standards necessary to achieve the knowledge, skills, and competencies required of an entry-level physician assistant. All candidates who are offered a seat in the program will be required to sign a statement attesting to their ability to meet these technical standards. Download the Technical Standards Attestation form by clicking here.

Health Information and Immunization Form

Accepted candidates must demonstrate compliance with the HPU PA Program Student Health Policy. This is accomplished through submitting verification of immunization, tuberculosis screening, and health insurance status on the Health Information and Immunization Form that is returned to High Point University Student Health.

Background Check and Drug Screening

All students who enter the High Point University PA Program will be required to have a criminal background check performed at least 45 days prior to matriculation. The offer of admission is conditional upon results of the background check. During enrollment, repeat background checks will be required annually, or more frequently, at the discretion of the clinical facility. If a prospective student declines to undergo the background check or if findings of a grievous nature are revealed, the offer of admission will be revoked. If a student declines to undergo a background check while enrolled in the program or if findings of a grievous nature are revealed, this will be grounds for dismissal from the program. Costs of the Background Check are the responsibility of the student. A copy of the Background Check will be given to the student upon request. Other copies will be distributed on a need-to-know basis for educational purposes (i.e., clinical education sites).

Certified background checks are to be completed through Background Investigation Bureau (BIB) at a projected cost of $16.95.

As a prerequisite to participating in patient care at clinical sites during the didactic and clinical education phases, students may also be required to undergo one or more random drug screens to adhere to requirements of our clinical affiliates. When required by clinical facilities, students must complete drug screening prior to the onset of the given clinical experience and are financially responsible for services related to drug screening. Depending on the specific clinical site requirements, this may need to be repeated annually or more frequently.

Criminal background check or drug screening results that limit the Program’s ability to secure clinical experiences may prevent a student from being promoted to the clinical education phase or recommended for graduation. By accepting admission to the Program, students agree to submit to national criminal background checks and drug screening, and also agree to pay expenses associated with these requirements.

Acceptance into and successful completion of the High Point University PA Program does not imply or guarantee that the student will be able to obtain state licensure upon graduation.

Completion of Conditional Acceptance Requirements

All conditional acceptance requirements must be completed by submitting the required evidence of completion as described in the Letter of Acceptance. Common conditional acceptance requirements include submission of official transcripts for all course work or degrees that have been completed since the prospective student’s program application was submitted to CASPA to demonstrate compliance with meeting the program’s GPA, bachelor’s degree, and prerequisite course requirements. In addition, official AP test scores confirming a score of 4 or 5 may be requested for students who fulfilled specific prerequisites through AP coursework.

Statement of Receipt and Understanding of Institutional and Program Policies:

The HPU PA Program clearly communicates its Program Policies to prospective students and accepted students on the Program Policies webpage available at: In addition, all University and Program policies will be provided to students during program orientation where they review and sign the Statement of Receipt and Understanding of Institutional and Program Policies.

Student Employment:

HPU PA Program does not permit its students to work (paid or voluntary) for the PA Program. The Program strongly discourages students from being employed while enrolled and does not make exceptions or alterations to required course work, scheduling, or rotation assignments for individual students due to employment. Employment status while in the program will not be used to excuse absence from scheduled learning activities, justify poor performance, or be considered as a mitigating factor when assessing students’ academic and professional progress. During supervised clinical experiences, students may not substitute for clinical or administrative staff and must ensure all services provided to patients are directly supervised.

Academic and Professionalism Expectations:

Requirements for academic and professional performance can be found in the following policies:

Academic Performance, Professionalism and Progression Policy:

Harassment and Student Grievances Policy:

HPU DPAS Student Participation Agreement:

The HPU PA Program is based on an experiential learning philosophy that requires active student participation as described in our Student Role in Classroom and SCPEs policy available at :

For More Information

For information about your application,
or to inquire about a visit,
please contact:

Ms. Carene Kelsey
Norcross Graduate School
Health Professions Recruiter
(336) 841-9527
(336) 841-9024 (Fax)

How to Find Us

Department of Physician Assistant Studies
833 Montlieu Ave
High Point, NC 27268
(336) 841-9504
(336) 888-5034 (Fax)

To drive to our building, point your GPS to:
1030 Mall Loop Rd, High Point

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ARC-PA Accreditation

The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the High Point University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by High Point University.

Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.

Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.
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