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Clarkson Pre-PA Plan

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High school seniors who apply to Clarkson University for undergraduate studies are eligible to apply for the Pre-PA Plan as part of their application.  Applicants must demonstrate scholarship in Math and Science and a representative SAT/ACT score. Participation in health related courses and activities is encouraged.

The Pre-PA Plan is not a major or minor. Students must declare a major in an area of interest, but will be required to take the 10 prerequisite courses for the PA program as part of their degree.  At least three prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the second year.  Patient care hours must be acquired during the first 2 years as well. At least 100 hours of the 500 hour total is required by this time. 

Student advising will be done by the department of the declared major with input from the health science advisor and the PA advisor when needed.  Pre-PA students will be expected to participate in PA program activities when possible.

Students must achieve and maintain a GPA of at least 3.25 throughout their undergraduate years.  No grade less than B is acceptable for prerequisite courses. The students must also be free of any disciplinary problems. At the end of the second undergraduate year, the student will meet with the PA faculty to determine their continuation in the Pre-PA Plan.  They must continue to acquire patient care hours and finish prerequisite courses while maintaining the above mentioned GPA.

During the senior year, the student must still formally apply through the centralized process (CASPA).  50% of the available seats in each cohort will be held for Clarkson University pre-PA students.  Each student that successfully completes the prerequisites of the pre-PA plan will be granted an interview and then compete for the available seats with other pre-PA applicants.  Applicants that are not Clarkson pre-PA students will compete for the remaining seats with hundreds of other applicants.  Successful candidates will be accepted for the cohort beginning the following January.

The Clarkson pre-PA plan will also prepare graduates with most, if not all, of the required courses for other PA programs.