Department of Physician Assistant Studies

Signage for the Ivester College of Health Sciences at the Brenau University Downtown Center.

Welcome to Brenau University’s Physician Assistant program. We are working diligently on provisional accreditation to matriculate the first cohort in January 2021. We’re located one hour north of Atlanta in Gainesville, Georgia — a historic town of 35,000 on the beautiful shores of Lake Lanier that offers cultural opportunities and outdoor activities while supporting a rapidly growing health care system.

The PA program design will integrate didactic and clinical training with a focus on group-based learning, technology, interprofessional collaboration and improving health care in underserved communities. While many PA programs focus only on their Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) pass rates, Brenau University will prepare students to be more than just PA graduates. Students will work to successfully pass the PANCE exam and become true assets to their greater medical communities.

Mission

The Physician Assistant program at Brenau University is building and sustaining the program with the thoughtful, intentional and strategic approach of the Ivester College of Health Sciences. Building on and continuing the values of a liberal arts education throughout their training, our Physician Assistant graduates will advance in their profession under the college’s four pillars: evidence-based and reflective practice, contemporary scientific inquiry, clinical proficiency and humanitarian altruism. The Physician Assistants we train will exemplify the highest level of personal integrity and professional ethics. Consistent with the university’s mission, the Department of Physician Assistant Studies is committed to service through health care to our community, region and across the globe.

Vision

We envision the Brenau University Department of Physician Assistant Studies to be nationally recognized for improving health care and the health of the community through continuous innovation in Physician Assistant education. The goals for the Physician Assistant program include:

  • Development of patient-centered, community-based Physician Assistant education and care through partnerships with hospitals, practices, physicians and other Physician Assistant schools.
  • Significant focus on the care of women, children, elders and those less fortunate.
  • Creation of a student-centered, supportive environment that stimulates learning and that values the human dignity of our students, staff and faculty.
  • Leadership in Physician Assistant educational methods through continuous curricular improvement and research.
  • Promotion of interprofessional education and problem solving to promote teamwork in the care of patients.
  • Becoming an engine for economic development through research and service in our community.
  • A significant role in the health of people in the increasingly diverse local community and global society.

Applying to Masters of Science PA Studies

Applicants that meet admission requirements will be extensively evaluated to determine eligibility over this application cycle. A phone interview will then be performed to verify level of interest and availability for an on-campus interview. In addition to a competitive Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) application, successful applicants will be well-rounded students that exhibit professionalism, medical savvy, and have shown dedication to become a Physician Assistant with a special emphasis on the quality of their health care experience through shadowing, volunteering and most importantly, direct patient care.

Brenau University began accepting applications for the MSPA class entering in January 2021 via CASPA on April 25, 2019. The final deadline for receiving applications is March 1, 2020. The 2020-2021 CASPA application cycle will open again in late April 2020.

Applications will be reviewed with a rolling admissions process until the program is full. Interviews are anticipated to begin during the winter and spring of 2019-2020. To be considered for an interview, applicants must have a completed and verified CASPA application. There will be approximately 30 seats available in the first cohort class and it is highly likely that the majority of the inaugural 2021 incoming class will be filled during the 2019-2020 CASPA application cycle. Once the class is full, a selection of remaining qualified applicants will be placed on a ranked waitlist. It is in the applicant’s best interest to complete the application process early.

Masters of Science PA Studies Admission Requirements

  • CASPA application complete and verified by March 1, 2020.
  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and transcripts for all postsecondary coursework.
  • Course prerequisites outlined in detail on prerequisite section on CASPA application.
  • Prerequisite courses include two semesters of Majors Biology, Anatomy & Physiology, General Chemistry, and Organic Chemistry; one semester of General Physics I, Abnormal Psychology, College Algebra, and Statistics.
  • Other recommended courses include General Physics II, Microbiology, Biochemistry, and Genetics.
  • GPA: Cumulative > 3.0 / Science > 3.0 as calculated by CASPA.
  • GRE official scores submitted (Brenau Code: 7557).
  • Recommendation letters (three): one academic reference, one clinical reference and one from either a MD/DO/PA/NP.
  • Direct patient care: documented hours in excess of 250 hours on application date and 500 hours required prior to matriculation into the PA program.
  • Interview score: Applicants interviewed by members of the admissions committee in the Department of Physician Assistant Studies.
  • Admissions will occur on a rolling basis until the January 2021 cohort is filled (30 students) with an anticipated wait list.
  • Admission offers will be communicated via email with a follow-up letter to the applicant.
  • Program Deposit of $350 will be due following the admission offer per the admission letter.
  • Please contact Jamie Cushway at jcushway@brenau.edu with any questions regarding admissions.

ARC-PA Provisional Accreditation Planned Schedule

  • Confirmation of institutional eligibility – May 2017
  • Application submission due – March 5, 2020
  • Initial provisional visit – May 28-29, 2020
  • Notification of provisional accreditation: Commission review of the initial provisional visit – September 2020
  • Start of first student cohort with provisional accreditation – January 2021
  • Provisional monitoring site visit – occurs within six months of graduation of first cohort, approximately winter 2022
  • Final provisional site visit – 18-24 months following the provisional monitoring site visit
  • Final accreditation approval – after commission review, approximately winter 2024

Developing PA Program Statement

Brenau University’s Physician Assistant program is a developing program, active in the development of a PA program, in preparation for entry into accreditation by the ARC-PA via the provisional accreditation pathway. The ARC-PA has determined that our institution has met the basic eligibility requirements to apply for accreditation, as noted in the accreditation standards. We do not yet possess an accreditation status from the ARC-PA, nor are we guaranteed to achieve provisional accreditation.

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General inquiries: info@brenau.edu, +1-770-534-6299 or +1-800-252-5119 | Admissions: admissions@brenau.edu, +1-770-534-6100 or +1-800-252-5119 ext. 6100