As a Pre- PA student, you already know that shadowing opportunities are not easy to come by, and those that you do find may not be associated with any cost. But don’t forget, everyone applying to PA school will have shadowing experience! How will you be uniquely qulaified to be accepted to the PA school of YOUR choice?” The national acceptance rate to PA schools nationwide is only about 4.7% – not getting accepted will not only delay your career, but it can be a huge financial hit. The EXCELL pre- physician assistant clerkship program provides many benefits in addition to shadowing opportunities:
|Traditional Shadowing||EXCELL Pre Physician Assistant Clerkship|
|Introductory Video Lecture Series about the PA Profession||✔|
|Direct One on One Patient Contact Experience||✔|
|Instruction: How to Take Vital Signs||✔|
|Provide Stethoscope, Sphygmomanometer||✔|
|Instructional Lecture: Heart Sounds/Lung Sounds||✔|
|Medical Terminology Course||✔|
|Applying for PA School/CASPA and GRE Instruction||✔|
|Creating a Stellar Personal Narrative (3 Lectures with testing)||✔|
|Optimizing Your PA School Interview Performance (7 Lectures each with testing)||✔|
|Mock Interviews (3 interviews – before a 3 member panel)||✔|
|Video of the 3 Mock interviewswith critique||✔|
|Review /critique of the Personal Narrative by a member of a university PA Program Admissions Panel||✔|
|Counseling for the pre PA student (academics, volunteer and patient experience)||✔|
|Duration of program||Varied||200 hours|
|Acceptance rate of student to PA school||4.7%2||97%3*|
|Lost revenue each year student is not accepted to PA school||Net $90,000 4 Loss||Net $87,190 5 Gain|
2: PAEA-Program Repoort 31 (2014-2015; updated June 2017)
3: As of January 2016
4: AAPA Salary Report: New Graduate PA salaries
5: $90,000 – $2810 = $87,190
*97% represents students who have completed the entire EXCELL Pre PA Clerkship, applied to the national average of 6 schools and met the requirements of those schools, and were interviewed.
Hear from EXCELL Graduates
At first I was apprehensive about a tuition-based program because my advisor gave me a lot of other options, but after doing my own research and trying it, I am super satisfied and would do it again regardless of the price tag.
I definitely am not only prepared to be a PA student but I feel like I grew as a person and truly feel it will make me a better PA in the future.
I asked a physician assistant that I met once his advice about the best type of experiences to get before PA school and how to find those types of experiences. He directed me to this pre PA program and it was the best advice I’d ever gotten. This pre Physician Assistant program is unlike any other out there.
Where do EXCELL Graduates End Up?
Our Pre-PA program students have ALL been accepted to Physician Assistant School! Here’s where you can find them:
- Pace University
- Touro PA Program
- Rutgers University
- Salus University
- Hofstra University
- Seton Hall University
- Mercy College
- …And the list is constantly growing!