What is the difference between a Nurse Practitioner and a Physician Assistant?
The basic differences lie in the areas of education, regulation, and the relationship with physicians.  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 Assistants 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 disciplines upon graduation.  As members of the health care team, PAs and NPs aren’t better or worse than one another. They’re just different. They and various other providers are all needed to enhance the delivery of care.

When does your program begin?
January

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 encompasses both Health Related experience (such as pharmacy techs, scribes, health care receptionists, billing specialists, etc) and Patient Care experience (such as EMT, Paramedics, Nurses, Pharmacists, PTA, combat medics, etc.). Patient Care experience is preferred to Health Related experience. Please note that healthcare experience is not required, though it is preferred to no experience at all. However, completion of a minimum of 40 hours shadowing witha Physician Assistant-Certified (PA-C) is required and more hours are preferred. 

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?
Students may apply before the completion of their bachelor's degree, but should inform the University as to when and where the needed course(s) will be taken. Such candidates may gain conditional acceptance. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited university by September 1st before matriculation in January is required. 

Do all of my prerequisites have to be completed before I apply? Students may apply before the completion of some pre-requisite courses and should inform the university as to when and where the needed course(s) will be taken. Such candidates may gain conditional acceptance. Successful completion of the nine prerequisite courses with a Grade C or better (preferred) by September 1st before matriculation in January is required. No prerequisites older than 5 years will be accepted, unless you have been employed full time in the health care field with direct patient contact since completion of those prerequisites. 

What is your GRE Code?
1063

To whom do I send transcripts?
CASPA and Bethel University PA Program, 302B Tyson Avenue, Paris, TN 38242


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