FAQ

The first class of students will matriculate January 2019. Matriculation is contingent upon the program receiving accreditation-provisional. The program will not commence in the event that provisional accreditation is not received.

Yes, a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university must be completed prior to matriculation. We do not require a specific major. All students that meet the application requirements are able to apply to the program.

CMU PA Program uses CASPA calculations for applicant’s cumulative and science GPAs. If you have questions about the GPA calculation process, we recommend you reach out to CASPA.

Demonstrating health care relevant experience will be the responsibility of the applicant in the description of the experience provided in the application. The program does not identify specific experiences that qualify for these hours.

We recommend when tracking your hours, record the location, supervisor, contact information, your position, and a short description and the number of hours you completed at each location.

The program partners with the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). The CASPA application cycle opens in April.

The CMU PA Program uses a rolling admissions process, so applying earlier will allow you to be considered for an earlier interview date. With this approach, it is possible for the program to fill all available seats prior to the September 1 application deadline. Once the cohort is full, remaining applicants will be evaluated for an alternate list.

Applicants are encouraged to consider program deadlines carefully and start the application process early. Once an applicant has completed and submitted the CASPA application, CASPA will verify the information and this process can take up to four weeks. Once an application is verified by CASPA, it is forwarded to CMU PA Program for consideration. Forwarding of an application may take an additional two weeks beyond the verification date. The CASPA application cycle closes September 1.  More information on CASPA and the verification process can be found at: https://caspa.liaisoncas.com/applicant-ux/#/login.

All prerequisites must be successfully completed prior to matriculation. All transcripts for outstanding prerequisite coursework must be received by CMU no later than October 1 of the year prior to matriculation. We highly recommend that all prerequisites are completed within the last five years.

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All applicants must complete the required prerequisites. Five of the eight required prerequisites must be completed at time of application. A plan to complete outstanding coursework must be documented in the application. Any outstanding prerequisites must be completed with a grade of “B” or higher. Any grades under “B” can disqualify any applicant from matriculating into the program. All transcripts for outstanding prerequisite coursework must be received by CMU no later than October 1 of the year prior to matriculation.

No. The program faculty do not provide individual transcript, prerequisite or application advising.  Please plan to attend one of our admission information sessions to learn more about the program and application process. Also, the CMU Admissions Coordinator does provide applicant advising. First, complete the prerequisite verification form. Next, send any question to paprogram@coloradomesa.edu.

An arrest will not preclude a candidate from being considered, however, anyone convicted of a felony will not be accepted into the program.

Western Colorado refers to a region of the state of Colorado incorporating everything in the state west of the Continental Divide. Demonstrating a connection to Western Colorado will be the responsibility of the applicant.  Applicants will have an opportunity to describe their connection to Western Colorado in the application. The program does not identify specific life experiences that qualify for this connection. Relevant experience may include, but is not limited to: living, working, attending school or having a historical connection to Western Colorado.

CASPer is an online test that assesses non-cognitive skills and interprofessional characteristics that we believe are important for successful students and Physician Assistants. 
For details about CASPer, please click on this link:  https://takecasper.com/faq/