Important dates for applying to the MPAS Entering Class of 2016
- CASPA Completion Deadline: November 1, 2015
- Application Processing Fee Deadline: November 15, 2015
- GRE Score Report Deadline: December 1, 2015
- Prerequisite Course Completion Deadline: December 31, 2015
Applicants must submit the 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 status updates will be available until after an applicant has a verified CASPA.
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 2.85 as calculated by CASPA. Beginning in the 2016-2017 application cycle, the minimum overall GPA as calculated by CASPA will be 3.0.
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.
The Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) is offered through the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA). 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 other applications are required in addition to the CASPA.
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.
This processing fee is in addition to any fees required by CASPA. The processing fee is payable only by check or money order issued to UNT Health Science Center. Online or over the phone payments are not available at this time. Please include your CASPA ID # with your payment. Temporary or starter checks are not accepted. The processing fee must be mailed directly to PA Admissions at:
UNT Health Science Center
3500 Camp Bowie Blvd.
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Note: The PA Studies Program no longer utilizes a supplemental application. The application processing fee is still required.
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.
If you have a question about whether a particular course satisfies one of our requirements, you must complete this request form to have a staff member from the Office of Admissions review the course in question. The Office of Admissions cannot provide transcript evaluations.
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.
· 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, Biochemistry, Neuroscience,Pharmacology or Histology – 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 entering statistics for our two most recent classes here.
Selected applicants will be invited to the UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth for an admissions interview. Interviews generally take place on campus from September to late January. Interviews may end sooner if the class is filled. Candidates who are invited to interview will be contacted by phone or 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.
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.