Frequently Asked Questions
What is the difference between a Nurse Practitioner and a Physician Assistant?
- Nurse Practitioners are taught on a nursing model with approximately 500 hours of clinical experience prior to graduation. They are trained in a specific discipline and must practice within that discipline upon graduation. Physician Assistant's are taught on a medical model, much like MDs, with 2000 hours of clinical experience prior to graduation. PAs are trained in family practice but can practice within most any discipline upon graduation.
When does your program begin?
How many students do you accept each year?
Maximum class size is 50
What is your average number of applicants?
We are averaging just over 300 applications a year.
How many people do you normally interview?
Usually around 90.
Who should write the letters of recommendation?
You must submit three (3) letters. Two (2) must be from an MD, PA, DO, or FNPs. One (1) can be from a college professor or advisor.
What do you mean by healthcare experience?
- Healthcare experience is hands-on patient care. Working in a pharmacy is not hands-on patient care nor is working in a clinic or doctor's office entering patient information on a computer.
Can I have a bachelor's degree in anything and still apply to your program?
- Although there is no specific major you must obtain to apply to our program, the majority of our students have a bachelor's degree in biology and/or chemistry.
Can I apply before receiving my bachelor's degree?
- Yes, but you must complete your bachelor's before matriculating into our program.
Do all of my prerequisites have to be completed before I apply?
- The majority of your prerequisites must be complete before applying to our program but you can apply before they are all complete. All prerequisites must be complete before matriculating into our program.
What is your GRE Code?
To whom do I send transcripts?
- CASPA and Bethel University PA Program, 302B Tyson Avenue, Paris, TN 38242.