Conditions for Accepted Students
The following items are required for matriculation:
- $500 non-refundable deposit submitted within two weeks of the admissions offer.
- Applicants who complete coursework or a degree after submitting a CASPA application must send official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended directly to the LKSOM PA Office of Admissions. These transcripts should indicate the final degree awarded and are required for matriculation.
- Coursework completed after the submission of a CASPA application must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 out of a 4.0 scale.
- Maintenance of good standing at educational institution.
- Completion of a PA Child Abuse Check and resolution of any reports to the satisfaction of LKSOM.
- Completion of a Criminal Background Check and resolution of any reports to the satisfaction of LKSOM.
- Student Health Forms, including vaccinations and titers.
- Attendance at Orientation Program.
- Ability to meet Technical Standards without or with reasonable accommodations.
Policy for Advanced Standing
The Physician Assistant Program does not offer advanced placement based upon transfer of credits or experiential learning from another institution.
Accepted applicants may petition in writing for deferral of matriculation. To be considered for a deferment you must submit, in writing, a formal request to the Admissions Committee and Program Director, on or before March 1 of the application year. The request for deferral should provide an appropriate degree of detail. Deferment decisions will be made on a case by case basis and the applicant will be notified within two weeks of request.
Employment During the PA Program
In general, it is wiser for the physician assistant student to borrow or use other resources than to depend upon employment during their participation in the physician assistant program. This is especially true during the first year when the heavy study load and accelerated educational programs require a major adjustment for all new students.
Students are required to consult the program director if considering employment. When circumstances arise that necessitate a student to work during the didactic or clinical year, students are strongly discouraged from working at sites where PA program students are placed for rotations. In addition, students are strictly forbidden to use their affiliation with Temple University, the School of Medicine, or the PA Program in any aspect of their employment. Students must not substitute for or function as instructional faculty, clinical or administrative staff during clinical clerkships.
It is a Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University policy that all students are required to carry health insurance. The University offers several options for student health insurance.
Temple University Office of Disability Resources and Services (DRS) facilitates accommodations and provides information on accessing University programs and facilities for students with a disability or medical condition.
Services include academic adjustments and accommodations such as sign language interpreting and captioning, test taking accommodations, and note taking support. Information on assistive technology, scholarships, and career development is also available.
Details on the University’s tuition and fees can be found on the Bursar's Office website.
For any withdrawal from the program within the first two weeks of the semester, students are eligible to receive a 100% refund of tuition costs paid by the student. There are no refunds of tuition and fees after that time, except as outlined in the University’s Tuition Refund Policy for medical reasons or death. In addition, students who withdraw from the program or take leave after the first two weeks are responsible for payment of all tuition and fees.
In-State/Out-of-State Residency Status
A student is classified as a Pennsylvania resident for tuition purposes if his/her permanent, legal residence is in Pennsylvania. In-state residency is generally established within the context of the following overall guidelines.
The Office of Student Financial Affairs will work with you during your PA program attendance to provide you with information on current funding sources, as well as debt management counseling to help you plan for your financial future.
Child Abuse Clearance, Criminal Background Check and License Infractions
Upon acceptance, students must complete a Child Abuse History Clearance and a Criminal Background Check. Should you become the subject of an Academic Infraction, License Infraction, felony or misdemeanor after the date of your original CASPA application submission, you are required to notify Dr. Jacob Ufberg, Associate Dean, Admissions, in writing within 10 business days of the occurrence.
This communication should be sent by certified mail to Dr. Ufberg at the address on the acceptance letter. Matriculation is contingent upon successful resolution to the satisfaction of the PA program and the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University.
Temple University Non-Discrimination/Equal Opportunity Statement
Temple University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all in every aspect of its operations, including employment, service, and educational programs. The University has pledged not to discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, marital status, national origin or ethnic origin, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or veteran status.
The Physician Assistant Program does not allow for deceleration.
For more information about the Physician Assistant Program's accreditation status, please view the Accreditation Statement.