PA Admissions Information

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Welcome!

Thank you for taking a closer look at our program. The HSC at Fort Worth PA Program is a 30-month, full-time course of study leading to a Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) degree.  A class of 75 students is accepted each year with classes starting in August.  We are dedicated to helping students prepare for a career in one of health care’s most rewarding fields and we invite you to apply.

Important dates for applying to the entering class of 2021:

  • CASPA Application Opens: April 30, 2020
  • CASPer Distribution Deadline: August 24, 2020
  • CASPA Verification Deadline: September 1, 2020
  • Application Processing Fee Due: September 1, 2020
  • Prerequisite Course Completion: December 31, 2020

Rolling Admissions

Due to the limited number of seats and our policy of offering admission on a rolling basis, applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the application process early in our cycle. Applicants must submit the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA), non-refundable Application Processing Fee, and CASPer Test scores to be eligible for admission.  No incomplete applications will be considered and no application materials will be accepted after the published deadlines. The program will begin making invitations to interview in the late summer. To be considered for our first interview day of the cycle, an applicant should have his/her application and all supporting materials submitted no later than the end of June. An applicant's CASPA must be verified and all application materials must be received before the file will be read by the Admissions Committee. No application status updates will be available until after CASPA has verified an application.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must earn a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States prior to matriculation into the MPAS program. You may have a degree in progress at the time of application, but you must have a plan in place to have your degree conferred prior to the beginning of our courses in August. Applicants must achieve a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 as calculated by CASPA. Applicants must complete all of the prerequisite course requirements by the published deadline. Applicants must submit letters of professional reference through CASPA. A letter from a practicing PA is highly recommended. No recommendation letters will be accepted outside of CASPA Note: There are no waivers or exceptions to any of the admissions eligibility requirements.

Application Requirements

CASPA: The Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) is offered through the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA). Applicants must have a Verified Date through CASPA on or before the September 1, 2020 deadline. Once all of your required application materials are received, your application's status changes to Complete and your application is placed in line to be verified. Verifications occur in chronological order and on average take two weeks to complete. Once your application is verified by CASPA, you will receive a notification from CASPA and your application's status will change to Verified. All transcripts and letters of recommendation must be submitted through CASPA. No letters of recommendation will be accepted outside of CASPA. Transcripts should not be mailed to the program unless you have received an email requesting that you submit transcripts.  You may use CASPA's academic update feature to report grades that have been earned since submitting your application.  No academic or health care updates should be sent to the school. No supplemental application is required in addition to the CASPA. CASPer® Test: All applicants are required to complete an online assessment, CASPer®, to be eligible for admission. CASPer is an online test that assesses for the personal and professional characteristics we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program. It is a compliment to the other tools that we use for applicant screening. In implementing CASPer, we are trying to further enhance fairness and objectivity in our selection process.   You will be provided with a limited number of testing dates and times based on the admissions timeline and requirements. Please note that these are the only testing dates available for your CASPer test, and you must select UNTHSC PA for distribution before the posted Distribution Deadline. Likely, there will be no additional tests scheduled, but the most up to date information can be found by browsing the Test Dates and Times on takecasper.com. $40 Non-refundable Application Processing Fee: This processing fee is in addition to any fees required by CASPA. The processing fee is payable online. Instructions for paying the application processing fee will be emailed to an applicant once the program has received a verified CASPA. Note: the GRE is no longer required and is not considered in our selection process.

Academic Prerequisites

Prerequisite courses may be in progress or planned at the time of your application, however, all prerequisite coursework must be completed by December 31st of the year you apply. Prerequisite coursework must be completed at a regionally accredited college or university in the United States. Prerequisite coursework must be satisfied with a grade of C or higher (2.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale). All science coursework must be intended for science majors.

If you have a question about whether a particular course satisfies one of our requirements, you must complete the Course Evaluation Request Form to have a staff member from the Office of Admissions review the course in question. We are unable to review coursework over the phone.

Only coursework from regionally accredited colleges and universities in the United States can be used to satisfy prerequisite requirements. Foreign coursework is not accepted. The Office of Admissions cannot provide transcript evaluations. Applicants are responsible for confirming that prerequisite requirements have been satisfied.

We will accept CLEP or AP credit as long as your courses have been recognized by your undergraduate institution and the credit is recorded on your college/university transcript.

 

Required Courses:

Psychology – 3 Semester Credit Hours

Statistics – 3 Semester Credit Hours

Anatomy with Lab – 4 Semester Credit Hours *

Physiology with Lab – 4 Semester Credit Hours *

Organic Chemistry with Lab – 4 Semester Credit Hours

Microbiology with Lab – 4 Semester Credit Hours

Genetics – 3 Semester Credit Hours

*A combination of 8 semester credit hours of A and P coursework can be used to fulfill the requirements for Anatomy and Physiology.

Note: there is no restriction on how long ago prerequisite courses were completed.

Applicant Selection Factors

In reviewing applications for interview selection and acceptance, we evaluate many factors that help us examine the qualities that an applicant could bring to our program. Those factors include: Academic background Direct patient care or healthcare-related experiences PA mentorship/shadowing experiences Understanding of the role of the PA Letters of recommendation Community service Honors, achievements and awards Other life experiences and extracurricular activities Communication skills Although an applicant's entire academic record is considered, strong academic performance alone does not ensure acceptance. Applicants who demonstrate consistent academic success, particularly in their most recent 60 credit hours of coursework, with grades above “C” in prerequisite courses and with no persistent pattern of withdrawals on their transcript are more likely to be extended an invitation to interview. While prior experience in a health care setting is not required, this experience is considered a beneficial attribute and viewed positively by the Admissions Committee. Typically, admitted students will have experience working in a setting where PAs practice and will have experience shadowing with PAs. PA mentoring and shadowing experiences are not required, but are encouraged. Letters of reference from a PA or physician are strongly encouraged. Evidence of personal integrity, maturity, motivation, well-developed communication and interpersonal skills, critical thinking skills, writing ability, dedication and the ability to work with others are additional factors that will be considered. The above qualities are evaluated by several means, including content of the application, letters of reference, the scope and nature of extracurricular activities (including work and volunteer experience), the scope and breadth of prior education and through the interview process.

Interviews

Approximately 220 selected applicants will be invited to the Health Science Center at Fort Worth for an admissions interview.  The program utilizes a multiple-mini interview (MMI) format. Interviews generally take place on campus from September to January. Interviews may end sooner if the class is filled. Candidates who are invited to interview will be contacted by email. Declining an invitation or failing to appear for a scheduled interview will result in rejection of your application. Early submission of your application can increase your chances of interview selection. Interview results are confidential and are considered in the competitive selection process.

Offers of Admission

The PA program may make admission offers as early as September. Offers will be continuously made until the class is filled. Applicants are considered without regard to age, race, creed, sex, national origin, veteran’s status or disability.  All applicants are required to meet the posted Health and Technical Standards in order to participate in the MPAS degree program.

 

Thank you for the interest in our program. Additional information about admission policies and selection factors can be found in our list of Frequently Asked Questions. You are encouraged to attend an Information Session or Event. Individual advising appointments are not available, but you can follow our Facebook Page for regular updates on the program’s activities. You’re always welcome to contact us with questions. Our preferred method of communication is email – PAadmissions@unthsc.edu.

This page was last modified on June 11, 2020