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The following information applies to the 2019-2020 admission cycle. CASPA opens April 25, 2019.

The admission process is highly selective. Applicants are considered for an interview if they meet the minimum GPA requirements (3.0 prerequisite and 3.0 last 60 credit hours GPA) AND if they demonstrate at least two of the following program admission preferences listed below:

  • Direct patient care experience characterized as moderate or high level
  • Direct patient care experience > 500 hours
  • Work experience or research hours > 500 hours
  • Community service/mission work > 250 hours
  • Leadership activities ≥ one year
  • Graduate degree earned in any discipline
  • Military service (veterans must have an honorable or entry-level discharge)
  • UT alumni

Each year, the PA program receives a large number of applications, and 48 students are selected to matriculate and enroll in August. Learn more about the statistics for the class of 2021.

The tabs below discuss each of the preferences in greater detail when applicable. Applicants who meet the criteria above will have their file forwarded to the program for faculty review. The program faculty will conduct a holistic review of the applicant’s CASPA application and recommend those to interview. The PA program strongly encourages applicants to learn more about the program by reviewing the virtual advising session linked below:

Sign Up for a Virtual Information Session

Timeline, Application and Tours

Submit an application to CASPA May-October the year prior to enrollment...
  • Timeline
    • CASPA application opens April 25, 2019, and closes Sept. 1, 2019.
    • Completed applications are due Sept. 1 and must be verified by Oct. 1. We highly encourage interested applicants to apply early to ensure faculty review.
    • Interview invitations are extended by Oct. 18, 2019.
    • Interviews are held multiple days in November 2019.
    • Admission notifications occur by Dec. 20, 2019.
    • Admission deposit of $1,000 is due by Jan. 10, 2020.
    • Cohort starts late August 2020.
  • Application
    • Apply through CASPA by Sept. 1, 2019. See CASPA FAQs to assist you in completing your application.
    • A supplemental application is required. There is no supplemental application fee. The supplemental application questions are included in the CASPA application.
    • Campus interviews are extended to the best-qualified applicants and participation is required for admission.
  • Tours

Applicant tours are only offered on the following times and dates:

Summer 2019
Monday, May 13, 2019, 1-3 p.m.
Monday, July 15, 2019, 6-8 p.m.
Spring 2020
Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, 1-3 p.m.
Summer 2020
Monday, May 18, 2020, 1-3 p.m.
Monday, July 13, 2020, 6-8 p.m.

Go to www.ut.edu/gradvisit to schedule a spot in one of our tours. Space is limited, so please plan accordingly.

Letters of Reference

Submit three letters of recommendations from faculty, coaches, employers...
  • Submit three letters of recommendation from faculty, coaches, employers, patients or health care providers with whom the applicant has a shadow or work history.
  • Letters from a PA or physician are not required.
  • No letters from immediate family members or friends will be accepted.

Minimum GPA

Minimum undergraduate and prerequisite GPA...
  • Minimum last 60 credit hours GPA: 3.0
  • Minimum prerequisite GPA: 3.0

GRE/MCAT

The GRE is not required for application or admission...
  • The GRE is not required for application.
  • The MCAT is not required for application.

Bachelor's Degree Requirements

A completed degree from a regionally accredited institution or an...
  • A completed bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or equivalent as determined by UT is required.
  • Applicants may apply before they have completed their bachelor’s degree; however, the degree must be earned by July 1, 2020, and the last credit hours GPA must meet the required minimum of 3.0 or better.
  • If you have attended a college or university outside of the United States, you must arrange to have all post-secondary records evaluated by WES.

Prerequisite Courses

Coursework must be completed...

Prerequisite Course Requirements:

  • Applicants must earn a "C" or better in prerequisite courses, and they must be completed at a regionally accredited institution by Oct. 1, 2019.
  • AP and CLEP courses are accepted, but a petition form must be submitted and approved. The accepted AP/CLEP course must be replaced by an upper-division course in the same subject and must include a lab if applicable. The replacement course grade will be substituted for the AP/CLEP course in the GPA calculations.
  • Prerequisite courses greater than 10 years from the date of graduation (degree during which prerequisites were completed) will not be accepted unless the applicant has provided direct patient care for at least 4,000 hours within the last 10 years from Sept. 1 of the year applied.
  • Applicants may petition for prerequisite substitution by completing the PA program petition form. Completion of the form is the sole responsibility of the applicant, and the decision made by the program is final and may not be appealed.
  • The highest grade will be utilized for prerequisite GPA calculation if a course has been retaken.

Required Courses:
  • Two general biology, both with lab
  • One microbiology, with lab
  • Human anatomy and human physiology, both with lab (one semester anatomy and one semester of physiology OR two semesters of a combined anatomy and physiology course)
  • Two general chemistry, both with lab
  • One statistics
  • UT uses the CollegeTransfer.Net Equivalency Widget to provide applicants a quick way to utilize course equivalency to fulfill the prerequisite requirements.
  • The table below indicates which UT courses meet these prerequisites. Applicants are NOT required to take prerequisite courses at UT.

Prerequisite

UT Course

General biology with lab: two courses

BIO 198, BIO 198L, BIO 199, BIO 199L

Microbiology with lab: one course

BIO 307, BIO 307L

Anatomy and physiology with lab: two courses

HSC 230, HSC 234, HSC 231, HSC 235

General chemistry with lab: two courses

CHE 152, CHE 153L, CHE 154, CHE 155L

Statistics: one course

Any one of the following:

BIO 230, HSC 350, SOC 355, MAT 201, CRM 240

The following are the recommended supplemental courses. No preference is given for completion, but students who have taken these courses have an easier academic transition into the PA program curriculum.

  • Medical terminology
  • Biochemistry
  • Genetics
  • Organic chemistry
  • Educational/psychology or biostatistics

    Direct Patient Care Experience

    Competitive applicants will...

    Direct patient care experience is not required for application, but the program gives a preference for those applicants with medium or high classification of patient care experience and a separate preference for those with more than 500 hours of direct patient care experience of any classification. The faculty used the following criteria to classify the level of patient care experience.

    Criteria:
    1. Hands-on care
    2. Period of training required for patient care
    3. License required for patient care
    4. Exposure to different patient types
    5. Independence in providing patient care
    If your direct patient care experience is omitted from the list below, you may use the PA program petition form to have your direct patient care experience categorized by the program for admissions purposes. You MAY NOT petition to have the listed direct patient care roles to be elevated in classification (e.g., medical interpreter to be upgraded from minimal to moderate). The program decision may not be appealed.

    Patient Care Experience Categories

    High:

    Physician (M.D./D.O.), Chiropractor, Foreign Medical Graduate, Registered Nurse (RN), Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN), Paramedic, Pharmacist, Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Respiratory Therapist, Exercise Physiologist, Athletic Trainer, Veterinarian, Corpsman (Navy), Independent Duty Corpsman (Navy), Medic (Army), Independent Medical Technician (Air Force)

    Moderate:
    Dietician, Personal/Fitness Trainer, EMT, Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN), Nursing Assistant (CNA), Medical Assistant (CMA), Dental Hygienist, Home Health Aide, Scribes

    Technicians/Technologist:
    Anesthesia, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Clinical Lab Specialist, ICU, Lab, Medical Lab, Newborn Hearing Screen, Occupational Therapist Assistant, Ophthalmic, Optometrist, Oncology, Orthopedic, Patient Care, Pharmacy, Physical Therapist Assistant, Polysomnographic, Pulmonary, Radiology, Respiratory, Telemetry, Veterinary

    Minimal:
    Medical Interpreter, Medical Volunteer, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Volunteer, Patient Transporter, Patient Coordinator/Unit Secretary/Unit Clerk, Chiropractic Assistant, Dental Assistant, Health Professions Student (practicum), Lactation Specialist, Social Worker, Mental Health Counselor, Phlebotomist, Living Assistant, Medical Mission Work

    Physician Assistant Observation/Shadowing

    Observation of a PA...
    • Physician assistant observation or shadowing is not required for application. However, competitive applicants will have observed a PA for as many hours as necessary to demonstrate they are knowledgeable of the PA role on the healthcare team and will be evaluated during the interview.
    • Observation of a PA does not count as direct patient care experience.

    Leadership

    Examples of life experiences...

    The following count toward leadership: (This is not an exclusive list, if there are activities or events that you feel should be counted in the category of leadership/maturity, then please list them on the application.)

    • Intercollegiate athlete of any type — one year for each season (includes dance, cheer and/or athletic trainer/manager for team)
    • Leadership role in fraternity/sorority or other professional organization/club or student government (must be an executive leadership position such as president, vice president or committee chair —being a member of a club does not count as leadership)
    • Worked at least 15 hours per week while attending college as a full time student
    • Service in the military — one year for one year of service
    • Other non-college related leadership roles within the community or at one’s place of employment such as serving on city council or filling the role of manager — one year for one year of service

    Advanced Placement

    The PA program does not...
    • The PA program does not offer advanced placement for students with prior graduate or doctoral work.
    • The program does not accept transfer students or provide credit for experiential learning.
    • The program does not give credit for prior student experience working in the health care field.
    • All incoming students will take all the courses outlined in the program curriculum.

    Residency Requirements

    Applications must be...
    Applicants must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

    Foreign Medical Graduates

    Per Florida statute...
    • Per Florida statute 458.347 section 6 a, b and c, a physician assistant program may admit unlicensed physicians, as authorized in subsection 7, who are graduates of foreign medical schools listed with the World Health Organization.
    • The unlicensed physician must have been a resident of this state (Florida) for a minimum of 12 months immediately prior to admission to the program.
    • Advanced academic credit/transfer credit will not be granted to foreign medical graduates.
    • Transcripts will be evaluated to determine if prerequisite coursework requirements have been met. In some instances, the applicant may be required to complete additional prerequisites.
    • Foreign medical graduates must complete the same application process as any other applicant to be considered for interview or admission.

    TOEFL/IELTS

    Official scores...
    • Official TOEFL or IELTS scores will be required of all applicants who have not earned a baccalaureate degree or graduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S., Commonwealth Caribbean, Bermuda, Canada, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, Australia or New Zealand.
    • Official and valid TOEFL or IELTS scores must be submitted and received by the application deadline.
    • TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years prior to the application deadline.
    • The minimum score is a 90 on the TOEFL and a 6.5 on the IELTS, and may not be waived.

    Admission Interview

    Applicants are considered for an interview...
    • Interview invitations will be sent by Oct. 18, 2019.
    • Interviews are required for admission.
    • Applicants are selected for an interview based on the strength of their CASPA application, including a review of their academic preparation and the program's preferences.
    • During the interview process, the applicant will be provided with and asked to acknowledge their agreement to follow the AAPA Code of Ethics and the PA program social media and professionalism policies.
    • Applicants will be provided with the technical standards of admission at the time of interview and must meet these standards upon admission.
    • The PA program has adopted the multiple mini interview (MMI) process in addition to the traditional interview. The MMI consists of a series of short, carefully timed interview scenario/questions. Scenarios aim to draw multiple samples of applicants' ability to think on their feet, critically appraise information, communicate ideas and explore professional reasoning.
    • Each interview will be conducted over a two-day period with the dates tentatively scheduled for Nov. 3-4, 10-11, 17-18 and 24-25, 2019.
    • Professional dress is expected during the interview. Breakfast and lunch will be provided on the second day. Selected applicants will be notified by the PA program for an on-campus interview will be sent by Oct. 18, 2019.
    • The program will interview 120 applicants in four sessions. Each interview session takes place over two days on a Sunday-Monday. The tentative dates are Nov. 3-4, 10-11, 17-18, and 24-25, 2019. The following is a draft schedule of the interview session:

    Sunday
    5-5:45 p.m.: Dinner and meet and greet with Department Chair and Program Director Johnna Yealy
    6-6:30 p.m.: Written question exercise and survey in computer lab
    6:30-9:30 p.m.: PA-CAT Exam in computer lab

    Monday
    7-7:15 a.m.: Registration for Group 1
    7:15-7:30 a.m.: MMI interview instructions for Group 1
    7:30-9:10 a.m.: MMI interview for Group 1

    8:45-9 a.m.: Registration for Group 2
    9-9:15 a.m.: MMI interview instructions for Group 2
    9:15-10:55 a.m.: MMI interview for Group 2

    10:45-11 a.m.: Registration for Group 3
    11-11:15 a.m.: MMI interview instructions for Group 3
    11:15-12:55 p.m.: MMI interview for Group 3

    1-3:30 p.m.: Lunch with PA program faculty and program overview presentations
    3:30 p.m.: Dismissal. Flights at 5 p.m. or later

    The applicant is responsible for all travel related expenses (flight, lodging, local travel and off-campus meals), and there are no grants or scholarships available to offset interview expenses. The program has secured a special rate with the Courtyard Marriott; please contact the department at (813) 257-3071, if you wish to book under our program.

      Acceptance Process

      After the interview...
      • After the interview, the selection committee will review all applicant materials and interview performance to select the final cohort, as well as alternates for admission.
      • An offer of acceptance will be extended to the applicant by Graduate Admissions once approved by the Admissions Subcommittee at a no later date than Dec. 20, 2019.
      • Applicants selected will be given until Jan. 10, 2020, to accept the offer of admission to the program and must remit a non-refundable fee of $1,000 which will be applied towards tuition.
      • Acceptance into the program is conditional upon completing the following:

      1. Completion of outstanding bachelor’s degree with a last 60 credit hours GPA of 3.0 or higher.

      2. Completion of the criminal background check. Criminal convictions of any nature may create difficulty in placing the student into clinical rotations. Additionally, an applicant’s criminal background may adversely affect an applicant’s ability to obtain licensure or clinical privileges. It is the applicant’s responsibility to address any such issues and determine the continued viability of their candidacy. Refer to NCCPA or the applicable state medical board governing PA practice for further information. Applicants with felony convictions will not be admitted due to the inability to place them into clinical rotation experiences equivalent to their peers. Applicants are encouraged to accurately disclose all legal history even in circumstances where the conviction has been expunged. Many times the criminal background check will include past criminal history the applicant was led to believe was erased from the record and the applicant may have been advised by their own counsel to answer inaccurately. Read the full CBC Policy.

      3. Completion of the urine drug screen. If marijuana is detected is will be reported as a positive result even if legally prescribed to you in your state. A positive drug screen will result in the admittance being rescinded due to the difficulty in placing the applicant into clinical rotations. It is the applicant’s responsibility to address any such issues and determine the continued viability of their candidacy. Refer to NCCPA or the applicable state medical board governing PA practice for further information. Read the full UDS Policy.

      4. Completion of all required immunizations. Required immunizations will be published annually and updated based on the CDC recommendations for health care workers and the individual requirements of the clinical sites the program uses for site placement.

      5. Completion of AHA BLS Certification.

      6. Completion of a physical examination that includes an acknowledgement that the candidate meets the technical standards for admission.

      7. Completion of any outstanding paperwork/transcripts required by UT's Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies.

      Technical Standards

      The technical standards set forth by...

      The technical standards set forth by UT’s PA program establish the essential qualities considered necessary for students to achieve the knowledge, skills and competencies of an entry-level physician assistant. The following essential function requirements must be met by all students after acceptance in order to enroll in or complete the PA program. Following their acceptance into the PA program, students are required to verify that they understand and meet these technical standards or that they believe that, with certain accommodations, they can meet the standards.

      1. Observation: Students must be able to observe demonstrations and experiments required by the PA curriculum and be able to participate in such with adequate vision and other sensory modalities, including the senses of hearing and smell. A student must be able to observe a patient accurately at a distance and close at hand.
      2. Communication: Students must be able to speak intelligibly and to hear sufficiently to affect an adequate exchange of information with patients, family members and other health professionals. A student must be able to read and write English effectively in order to fulfill academic requirements and to maintain accurate clinical records on patient care.
      3. Motor: Students are required to possess motor skills sufficient to elicit independently information from patients by palpation, auscultation, percussion and other manually based diagnostic procedures. Students should be able to conduct laboratory tests (urinalysis, CBC, etc.), carry out diagnostic procedures (paracentesis, etc.) and provide basic medical care (clearing the airway, placing catheters, controlling bleeding, simple obstetrical maneuvers, etc.) in the general care environment, and coordinate fine and gross muscular movements to treat patients in emergency situations. Emergency situations include any circumstance in which a patient experiences either a physical or a mental medical event requiring immediate remedy.
      4. Intellectual-Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Abilities: These abilities include an aptitude for rapid problem solving, the capability to access and interpret medical files independently, evaluate physical examinations, and formulate a logical diagnosis and effective medical treatment plan. Students must possess good judgment in patient assessment and the abilities to incorporate new information, comprehend three-dimensional relationships and retain and recall pertinent information in a timely fashion.
      5. Behavioral and Social Attributes: Students must possess the physical and emotional health required for the application of his/her intellectual abilities and the employment of sound judgment in an appropriate and prompt manner. Students must be able to function effectively under physically taxing workloads, and in times of physical and mental stress. Students must display compassion, sensitivity and concern for others, and maintain professional integrity at all times.

      These five areas of enumerated skills and abilities are the minimum attributes required of applicants for admission to the PA program and of students who are candidates for graduation. The PA program is committed to meeting the special needs of students within established legal and institutional guidelines. However, the integrity of the PA curriculum, and the required mental and physical capabilities to fulfill the obligation of that education, must be sustained. Therefore, the program has set the following as disqualifying for admission: the inability to complete the skills required for certification in BLS, ACLS, PALS and PhTLS, and the inability to perform a head-to-toe physical examination within the allotted time. We encourage applicants to consider these requirements when applying to our program. For questions concerning the technical standards or requesting accommodations, contact disability services at disability.services@ut.edu.