PA Admissions Information

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Welcome!

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 2023:

  • CASPA Application Opens: April 28, 2022
  • CASPer final Testing Date: August 28, 2022
  • CASPA Submission & Verification Deadline: September 1, 2022
  • HSC Application Processing Fee Due: September 15, 2022
  • Prerequisite Course Completion: December 31, 2022

 


Rolling Admissions

Our program offers admission on a rolling basis; therefore, applicants are strongly encouraged to complete the application process early in the cycle.

Applicants must submit the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA), non-refundable Application Processing Fee, official GRE score report 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, applicants should have their 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

There are no waivers or exceptions to any of the admissions eligibility requirements. In order to be eligible for consideration for the MPAS program, 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.
  • Achieve a minimum overall GPA of 3.0 as calculated by CASPA.
  • Complete all of the prerequisite course requirements by the published deadline.
  • 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

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, 2022 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 typically take two to four weeks. 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 via Altus Suite: All applicants are required to complete Altus Suite CASPer evaluation tool. To complete Altus Suite:

  • Visit TakeAltus.com
  • Create an account
  • Complete the following assessments:
    • Casper: 60-90 minute online, open-response situational judgment test (SJT)
  • Select “UNTHSC PA” for distribution before the posted Distribution Deadline

CASPer exam must be completed by August 28th to meet the September 1st application requirement. Please note that there are limited 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.

GRE official score report: The PA Studies (PAS) program requires a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test Score. The official GRE score report is due by September 1. There is no minimum score requirement; however, higher scores are considered more competitive. Applications will be considered incomplete until an official score report is received from Educational Testing Service (ETS). Early submittal of scores is strongly encouraged. The GRE code for the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth (HSC) PA Studies is 6380.

$50 Non-refundable Application Processing Fee: This UNTHSC 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.

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.

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.

If you have a question about whether a particular course satisfies one of our prerequisite requirements, please contact the HSC Office of Admissions and Recruitment at admissions@unthsc.edu.

CLEP or AP credit will be accepted 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 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 the 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.

A $500 seat deposit, which will be applied toward the student's first semester, is required upon acceptance of an admission offer.

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 your interest in our program. The Admissions team is here to assist applicants in the application process and to answer questions that arise. Additional information about admission policies and selection factors can be found in our list of Frequently Asked Questions.

Applicants are encouraged to attend admissions information sessions or events, sign-up for a campus tour, or schedule a virtual advising session. Individual advising appointments may fill up during certain times of the year, but regular updates can be found by following the Facebook Page.

Additional information about admission policies and selection factors can be found in Frequently Asked Questions. We welcome questions at: Admissions@unthsc.edu. For questions related to COVID-19, visit the HSC Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response website.