How do I apply and When do I apply?
Applicants must submit the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) and a non-refundable Application Processing Fee 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. The application cycle runs from April through September each year. 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.
Is the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) required?
Yes, 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.
What is the minimum GPA required for admission?
Applicants must achieve a minimum overall 3.0 GPA at the time of application as calculated by CASPA. Maintaining the minimum required GPA is not necessarily equivalent to achieving a competitive GPA. What is considered competitive varies according to the quality of the applicant pool during each application cycle.
How do I know if the Admissions Office has received my application and materials?
Once you submit your online application and it has been verified through CASPA, you will be sent an automated e-mail stating your application has been received with instructions on how to submit your application processing fee payment online.
From whom should I request recommendation letters?
We suggest that you obtain at least one of your letters of recommendation from a physician assistant with whom you have worked or completed volunteer/observation hours. Other letters may be from professors, employers, community leaders, or other individuals who can offer insight into your academic record, your volunteer experience, your character and integrity, or your potential for success in a doctoral level program. All letters must be submitted through CASPA.
Do I have to have a bachelor’s degree in order to be accepted for the PA program?
Yes. You must have an earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States prior to matriculation into the program. Since our PA program begins classes in late summer each year, your degree must be conferred by May prior to matriculation. Your degree may still be in progress at the time of your application.
Does it matter which school I attend to earn my bachelor’s degree?
No, but your bachelor’s degree must be obtained at a regionally accredited U.S. college or university to be deemed acceptable. Information regarding regional accreditation is available from the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
What is the best major to have to prepare me for the PA program?
The Admissions Committee does not recommend a particular academic major or course of study for applicants. The Admissions Committee encourages you to pursue an undergraduate major that allows you to develop strong analytical skills and a basis in science which will contribute to your success in the PA program. We recommend you choose a major or minor that allows you to easily integrate mandatory prerequisite coursework as well as strongly recommended coursework into your degree plan.
Are volunteer hours or work experience in PA required?
No; however, competitive applicants will have knowledge of the field. Exposure to a variety of PA settings is the best method for this knowledge acquisition.
How do I document my volunteer and work hours?
You will account for your hours in the appropriate sections of the CASPA application. Documentation and/or verification is not required. All information submitted in the online application must be true and accurate to the best of each applicant’s knowledge. Any applicant or admitted student who provides misleading, untrue, or inaccurate information, including falsified volunteer, work, or shadowing hours submitted in the application, will be subject to academic dishonesty and ethical policies.
Do you interview applicants and what is the structure of the interview process?
Yes. For the most competitive applicants, interviews are conducted by invitation. Failure to appear for a scheduled interview will result in automatic applicant rejection. Each applicant selected for an interview will participate in a half day event on the UNTHSC campus that includes multiple interview evaluations, information sessions, and time to interact with faculty and current students.
How competitive is it to gain an interview?
Selection for interview is based on information contained in the CASPA including academic and personal achievements. Interviews are structured to evaluate a candidate’s interpersonal skills, communication skills, time management skills, and other professional characteristics including motivation for entry into the PA career field. The most competitive applicants will be invited to the UNTHSC campus in Fort Worth for an admissions assessment process. Typically, 10-15% of the applicant pool is invited for an admissions interview. Interviews generally take place from September – January. Early submission of your application can increase your chances of interview selection. Interview results are confidential and are considered in the competitive selection process.
Are there any groups or categories of students who receive special favor during the admissions process?
No. All candidates are considered equally for admission to the program.