ADMISSIONS UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-MADISON PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT PROGRAM 2009-2010 AGENDA Admissions Process Phase I – Application Review Phase II - Interviews Application Summary # of applicants in each phase Applicant Data Admissions Advising Admissions Timeline Transcript Reviews Post-admissions advising APPLICATION SUMMARY APPLICATIONS CASPA application national application online Supplemental application applicants apply for campus, distance education or both opportunity to submit additional essays # of APPLICATIONS 788 800 700 600 443 500 400 300 424 424 350 232 228 Applications Reviewed 228 200 100 0 2006-2007 2007-2008 2008-2009 Applications Submitted 2009-2010 # APPLICATIONS Total # of completed CASPA applications: 788 Total # of completed CASPA & supplemental received: 576 541 submitted for campus 25 submitted for DE/campus 10 submitted for DE only Total # of applications reviewed by PA faculty/staff: 424 401 reviewed for campus 16 reviewed for DE/campus 7 reviewed for DE APPLICATION SUMMARY The discrepancy between completed applications received and applications reviewed is due to applicants’ appropriate completion or plan to complete prerequisites, academic performance, or applicant interest. Academic performance 3.00 minimum undergraduate GPA w/ specific attention paid to last 60 credits Completion of prerequisites If prerequisites are not completed appropriately, or there is not an appropriate plan to complete them, the application will not be reviewed. # of APPLICATIONS Total # of applications reviewed by PA faculty/staff: 424 401 reviewed for campus 16 reviewed for DE/campus 7 reviewed for DE Total # of candidates who interviewed: 70 59 Campus interviews 6 DE/campus interviews 5 DE interviews Total # of candidates invited to join the class: 34 28 Campus 6 DE ADMISSIONS PROCESS PHASE I – THE PROCESS PHASE I – Application Review (n=424) Reviewers score each application based on: Academic performance Health care experience Community service References Overall Highly Impression: Acceptable (must interview) Acceptable (OK to interview) Unacceptable (do not interview) PHASE I – ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE • The admissions committee reviews all college-level transcripts. Science GPA, trends in grades, and course difficulty are examined and applicants are expected to present strong evidence of ability to complete rigorous academic work. Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university Minimum 3.00 cumulative and science GPA Attention will be placed on the last 60 credit hours reflecting a level of academic excellence and/or signs of improvement to 3.00 or higher PHASE I – HEALTH CARE EXPERIENCE • Applicants must demonstrate health care experience sufficient to develop an understanding of the PA profession, the health care environment, and their own aptitude for the PA profession. Experiences should include shadowing a PA and work and/or volunteering in which responsibilities involve fairly extensive direct patient contact. • The average amount of patient contact for the class we admit varies widely. PHASE I – COMMUNITY SERVICE The admissions committee reviews applications for outstanding and altruistic commitment to community service and volunteerism, in addition to participation and/or leadership in extracurricular activities. This is not a requirement for admission but is a scored component of the application review. PHASE I - REFERENCES • Three references are required. Applicants should request references from individuals who know them well and have the knowledge to evaluate qualities important for success in the PA program and profession. • Applicants should have at least one reference from someone they have worked/volunteered with in the field of health care. PHASE I - OVERALL IMPRESSION Other important components of the application: Personal Essays Position of leadership Honors and awards Additional information provided by references The impact of these components can be expressed by the reviewers “overall impression” of the application: Highly Acceptable (must interview) Acceptable (ok to interview) Unacceptable (do not interview) PHASE I – RECOMMENDATION TO INTERVIEW After Phase I review is complete, the reviewers meet to review results and develop a recommendation to bring to faculty. Score Overall Impression Grant Initiatives Re-applicants The Distance Education Team meets separately to come up w/ a recommendation for DE interview candidates. Faculty/staff & reviewers meet to discuss the recommendation, review reports, and determine who to invite to interview and how to rank alternates. 70-75 candidates are invited to interview PHASE II – THE PROCESS • Following the review of applicants, approximately 70-75 applicants considered to be the most competitive will be invited to the PA program offices to be evaluated through on-site personal interviews with members of the admissions committee. • Interpersonal and oral communication skills are evaluated. PHASE II – INTERVIEWS Interviews take place on campus over a 5 day period Candidates are on campus for approximately 3 hours to take part in interview activities: Orientation by Program Director Current PA students visit w/ candidates and provide tour of the facility Two 15 minute interviews with two different interview teams (2-3 faculty/staff on each team) APPLICANT DATA CLASS ENTERING 2010-PROFILE N=424 STATE OF RESIDENCE RACE/ETHNICITY Hispanic/ Latino 1 3% Asian 1 3% Black or African American White 1 31 WI RESIDENT 28 85% MN RESIDENT 3 6% IA RESIDENT 1 3% IL RESIDENT 1 3% DC RESIDENT 1 3% 3% 91% PRIOR EDUCATION NO DEGREE 11 32% BACHELOR’S DEGREE 22 65% 1 3% MASTER’S DEGREE CLASS ENTERING 2010-PROFILE N=424 ED DISADVANTAGED 3 9% AVERAGE GPA CUM GPA 3.58 SCIENCE GPA 3.58 BOTH ED & ECON 4 12% GENDER Female 28 82% Male 6 18% AVERAGE AGE 27 RE-APPLICANTS 10 29% ADMISSIONS ADVISING ADMISSIONS TIMELINE 2010-2011 SEPTEMBER 1st, 2010 Deadline for applicants to submit CASPA application. OCTOBER 15th, 2010 Deadline for applicants to submit UW-Madison PA Program Supplemental Application Mid-DECEMBER 2010 Program sends letters to notify candidates if they have been selected to continue on to the interview phase of the admissions process. JANUARY-FEBRUARY 2011 Interview component takes place at the PA Program in Madison, WI FEBRUARY 2011 Candidates must accept or decline offer of admission PREREQUISITES - TRANSCRIPT REVIEWS The review will list which prerequisite courses have been completed and which courses are still outstanding. To get a transcript review please send unofficial copies of your transcripts to Erin McCarthy Orth. Contact information listed on our website under “How to Apply” If transcripts are mailed, please include a memo requesting a transcript review for the Physician Assistant Program and remember to include your contact information. POST ADMISSIONS ADVISING Re-applicants are welcome to schedule an advising appointment with Erin McCarthy Orth to review denied application. Please call 800-442-6698 or 608-263-5620 to schedule an appointment and please request a “postadmissions advising” session. QUESTIONS?