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Western University

  1. 1. Grad School, Pre-Requirements and more…
  2. 2. <ul><li>WesternU's two-year (six semester) MSPA program: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>prepares you with the knowledge and skills to provide high-quality, competent care in a primary care setting. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>exposes you to a variety of roles within numerous clinical settings giving you the greatest spectrum of potential employment opportunities. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>instills cultural sensitivity so you can provide compassionate care to a wide-range of patient populations with a special emphasis on the underserved. </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>High first time pass rates </li></ul><ul><li>Small, private, health-focused </li></ul><ul><li>Early clinical training </li></ul><ul><li>Western U’s PA alumni are in high demand </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>CASPA </li></ul><ul><li>Complete Course Prerequisites </li></ul><ul><li>Bachelors degree </li></ul><ul><li>Minimum overall and science HPA of 2.7 </li></ul><ul><li>Demonstrated community service and involvement </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Clinical experience, preferred but not required </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Pre-reqs must be completed by accredited US institution </li></ul><ul><li>Must be complete with “C” or better </li></ul><ul><li>“ C-” not acceptable </li></ul><ul><li>No more than one science and one non-science prerequisite can be in progress after December 31st of the year prior to when you plan to enter WesternU. </li></ul><ul><li>All prerequisites must be completed by the end of the spring term of the year you plan to enter WesternU </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>College English & Composition </li></ul><ul><li>College Algebra </li></ul><ul><li>Human Anatomy w/ Lab </li></ul><ul><li>Human Physiology w/ Lab </li></ul><ul><li>Microbiology w/ Lab </li></ul><ul><li>General or Inorganic Chemistry w/ labs </li></ul><ul><li>Genetics </li></ul><ul><li>Psychology </li></ul><ul><li>Humanities </li></ul><ul><li>Statistics </li></ul><ul><li>Spanish (not required but strongly encouraged) </li></ul>
  7. 7. Course Name Equivalent Algebra MATH 1A or 1B Anatomy D136 (but need to take lab at another school) Chemistry CHEM 1A & 1B/1LB & 1C/1LC or H2A & H2B/1LB & H2C/1LC English HUM 1A & B & C, WR 30, 37, 39A, 39B, 39C, SOC 164W, WR 38 Genetics BIOSCI 97 Microbiology 122&122L, M118L(lab) Physiology E109 and E112L Sociology SOC 1 or 7A Statistics MATH 7 (same as STATS 7) or 131A or 9A & 9B & 9C or SOC 10A & 10B & 10C or ECON 10A & 10B & 10C, ECE 186 or BioSci 7, or STATS 100A & 100B & 100C, or Soc Sci 9A/9B/9C; SOC ECOL 13 Psychology PSY 7A, 9A&B&C, Psy Beh P9
  8. 8. Number of Applicants Reviewed 1015 Interviews Granted 390 Enrolled Students 98 Average Overall GPA 3.30 Average Prerequisite GPA 3.44 Average Science GPA 3.26
  9. 9. <ul><li>Many are involved in clubs and organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Students form all programs take part in the international medicine club’s annual cultural show- celebrate their own cultures, dances, fashion show and food </li></ul><ul><li>Have a theatre </li></ul><ul><li>Student government association </li></ul><ul><li>Close to watching Lakers, Dodgers, Anaheim Ducks </li></ul><ul><li>Disneyland, Magic Mountain, etc </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>First Year </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Majority of class time is in lecture and clinical labs where you develop your clinical and critical thinking skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Studying consists of applying the information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Volunteer clinical experience- have the opportunity to provide care for disadvantage patients </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Second Year </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Work with site preceptors where you can rotate through different clinics and hospitals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>11 months of rotations and 500+ rotation sites </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Studying consists of focusing on clinical rotations- have senior semester exams 4 times each semester </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Master’s Thesis- involves collaborating with other students to complete a research and writing project while completing clinical rotations. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>DON’T WORRY THERE IS STILL TIME FOR SOME NON-ACADEMIC TIME! </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Doesn’t require any standardized testing prior to application </li></ul><ul><li>Zero hours work experience but community service/involvement recommended </li></ul><ul><li>No early decision making process </li></ul><ul><li>Interviews held in Feb and March and notified in late Jan </li></ul><ul><li>Acceptance letters mailed in April </li></ul>
  13. 13. <ul><li>Information Day Sessions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>February 4 (RSVP Jan 28) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>April 6 (RSVP March 30) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>June 3 (RSVP May 27) </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Things to look forward to Valentines Day Fundraising February 9 -13 (Tentative) Rubio’s Fundraising Night February 23 Monday St. Jude’s Volunteer Opportunity February 9-13 (Tentative) Guest Speaker February 9 (Monday Meeting) Fieldtrip to Western (Info Day) February 4 (Wednesday)