PA Admissions Information

Important dates for applying to the MPAS Entering Class of 2019

  • CASPA Application Opens: April 26, 2018
  • CASPA Completion Deadline: October 1, 2018, best to apply when cycle opens
  • Application Processing Fee Deadline: October 1, 2018, prefer to be paid once complete application is received
  • GRE Score Report Deadline: October 1, 2018
  • Prerequisite Course Completion Deadline: December 31, 2018
  • Program Open House: TBD

Applicants must submit the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA), non-refundable Application Processing Fee, and official GRE Score Report to be eligible for admission.  No incomplete applications will be considered and no application materials will be accepted after the published deadlines. 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. 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 July. 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 the application.  

Admissions 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 July.

  • 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 Application

CASPA is offered through the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA). Applicants must have a Complete date through CASPA on or before the October 1, 2018 deadline. A Complete date is given when an application is e-submitted and all transcripts, payments, and at least two letters of reference have been received by CASPA and attached to the application. Documents should be sent several weeks prior to this date to ensure items arrive on time. 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.

GRE Score Report

All applicants are required to submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test scores that were received no more than five years prior to the date of application. No minimum GRE scores are required; however, scores will be taken into consideration during the competitive application review process. The GRE reporting code for the MPAS Program is 6380. Reporting code 6380 will route your scores to our program through the CASPA portal.

$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 applicants once the program has received a completed CASPA.

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).

One course cannot be used simultaneously to meet more than one prerequisite requirement.

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. 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.

Course Evaluation Request Form

Required Courses:

  • General or Introductory Psychology – 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • Behavioral/Social Science Elective: Psychology, Sociology or Anthropology – 3 Semester Credit Hours
  • College Algebra or higher – 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
  • Science Electives: Genetics, Immunology, Cell Biology or Biochemistry – 6 Semester Credit Hours **

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

**Only the courses listed can be used to fulfill the science elective requirement. Substitutions are not permitted.

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 you 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 reference
  • Community service
  • Honors, achievements and awards
  • Other life experiences and extracurricular activities
  • Applicant’s personal interview

Although an applicant’s entire academic record is considered, strong academic performance alone does not ensure acceptance. 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. PA mentoring and shadowing experiences are not required, but are encouraged. Letters of reference from a physician assistant or physician are strongly encouraged. Evidence of personal integrity, maturity, motivation, communication skills, 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 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.

You can review the Health and Technical Standards in order to participate in the MPAS degree program.

More Information

Additional information about admission policies and selection factors can be found in our list of Frequently Asked Questions. You are encouraged to participate in an Admissions Information Session and/or attend an Open House. Individual advising appointments are not available. You can follow our Facebook Page for regular updates on the program’s activities.

If you need to contact the program, our preferred method of communication is email – PAadmissions@unthsc.edu. Application status updates are not available by phone.

This page was last modified on April 18, 2018