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Admissions

The admission process for the physician assistant medicine program is highly competitive. Applications are reviewed relative to their undergraduate intensity of studies, cumulative GPA, prerequisite GPA, science GPA and last 60 credit hour GPA, patient care experience, personal statement, letters of reference and life experiences that indicate maturity and leadership.

Personal interviews are offered to the most qualified individuals and are required for admission.

UT alumni or legacy applicants will be given preference but are not guaranteed admission to the PA program.

Timeline and Application

Submit an application to CASPA May-October the year prior to enrollment...
  • Timeline
    • Submit application to CASPA May-October the year prior to enrollment.
    • Interviews are held in November and December the year prior to enrollment.
    • Admission occurs the following August.
  • Application
    • Apply through CASPA (Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants) by Oct. 1. (CASPA opens in May.) See CASPA FAQs for details on how to ensure application is complete. A supplemental application is not required.
    • Pay CASPA application fee.

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 student has shadowed/worked.
  • No letters from immediate family members will be accepted.

Minimum GPA

Minimum undergraduate and prerequisite GPA...
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA: 3.0
  • Minimum prerequisite GPA: 3.2

GRE/MCAT

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

Bachelor's Degree Requirements

A completed degree from a regionally accredited institution or an...
  • A completed degree from a regionally accredited institution or an equivalent institution as determined by The University of Tampa is required before entering the program.
  • Applicants educated outside the U.S. and Canada must have their transcript reviewed by the UT admissions team. In certain instances, the admissions team may require an independent certification of the degree by a transcript evaluation service.
  • Applicants from the U.S or Canada with coursework completed outside those countries do not have to utilize a transcript evaluation service if the coursework appears on their transcripts from the U.S. or Canadian institution.

Prerequisite Courses

Coursework must be completed...

Prerequisite Courses

  • Must earn a “C” or better in prerequisite coursework.
  • Coursework must be completed through a regionally accredited college and/or university.
  • Advanced placement and CLEP coursework are not accepted.
  • Science prerequisite courses greater than five years old will not be accepted unless the applicant has been employed or participating in a health care/science position during the last five years.
  • Applicants may have no more than two outstanding prerequisite courses at the time of application.
  • Prerequisite science courses (must include labs):
    • Two general biology with lab
    • One microbiology with lab
    • Two human anatomy and physiology with lab (can be one semester anatomy and one semester physiology or combined courses)
    • Two general chemistry with lab
    • One statistics (not a lab science) may be met by any one of the following: math, educational, psychology or biostatistics courses
  • Recommended additional courses (prefer lab courses when applicable):
    • Medical terminology
    • Biochemistry
    • Genetics
    • Organic chemistry
    • Educational/psychology or biostatistics

Direct Patient Care Experience

Competitive applicants will...
  • Direct patient care is not required; however, competitive applicants will have a minimum of 500 hours of hands-on patient care experience.
  • Preference will be given to applicants having experience that required a period of training and resulted in direct (hands-on) patient care such as an EMT, paramedic, nurse, respiratory therapy, ER technician, physical therapy aide, clinical psychologist, corpsman (Navy), medic (Army), medical assistant, certified nurse assistant, occupational therapy assistant, scribe or X-ray technician.

Physician Assistant Observation/Shadowing

Observation of a PA...
  • Physician assistant observation is required.
  • There are no minimum hours required; however, a competitive applicant will have observed a PA for as many hours as necessary to demonstrate that they are knowledgeable of the role of the PA.
  • Observation of a PA does not count as direct patient care experience.
  • UT is unable to assist potential applicants in finding PAs to shadow/observe.

Life Experiences Indicating Maturity

Examples of life experiences...

Examples of life experiences that indicate maturity include:

  • Service in the military/veteran status
  • Full time employment while completing higher education
  • Graduate degree
  • Intercollegiate athlete or other extracurriculur activities such as band, dance, etc.
  • Multiple community service or mission trips
  • Direct patient care, with higher perference given to those who have been a licensed health care professional

Advance Placement

The PA program does not...
  • The PA program does not offer advance 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.

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.

TOEFL/IELTS

Official scores...
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS scores will be required of all applicants who have not earned a baccalaureate degree or graduate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. or Canadian college or university.
  • TOEFL/IELTS scores will not be required if the official language of the country in which the education took place or the predominant language of the degree-granting institution is English.
  • Official and valid TOEFL/IELTS scores must be submitted and received by the Oct. 1 application deadline. PDF score report copies received at the time of testing or in the mail are not considered an official score report.
  • TOEFL/IELTS scores are valid for two years prior to the intended August enrollment.

Interview Selection Process

Applicants are considered for an interview...
  • Applicants are considered for an interview based on the strength of their CASPA application, including a review of their academic preparation, personal statement, letters of reference, health care experience and life experience indicating maturity.
    1. In special cases, Skype interviews may be conducted, in lieu of face-to-face interviews, if the prospective student can demonstrate need.
  • Note: During the interview process, the applicant will be provided 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 are expected to meet these standards upon admission.

Acceptance Process

After the interview...
  • After the interview, the selection committee will review all applicant materials and interview performance to choose the final cohort as well as alternates for admission.
  • An offer of acceptance will be sent to the applicant once approved by the PA program director and dean.
  • Applicants will be given two weeks to accept the offer of admission to the program and must remit a non-refundable fee of $500 (applied toward their tuition).
  • Acceptance is conditional upon completing the following:
    1. Completion of any outstanding pre-requisites with a grade of “C” or better (or grade required to maintain a minimum of 3.2 pre-requisite GPA).
    2. Completion of a “clean” criminal background check – A criminal background check will be conducted upon acceptance into the program. Criminal convictions of any nature may create difficulty placing the student in clinical rotations, as well as potentially resulting in ineligibility for the national board examination and licensing in many states. It is the student’s responsibility to address any such issues and determine the continued viability of their program candidacy. Please refer to NCCPA and Florida Board of Medicine for further information.
    3. Completion of a “clean” urine drug screen- A urine drug screen will be conducted upon acceptance into the program and again at the end of the didactic phase of the program. Positive drug screens may create difficulty placing the student in clinical rotations, as well as potentially resulting in ineligibility for the national board examination and licensing in many states. It is the student’s responsibility to address any such issues and determine the continued viability of their program candidacy. Please refer to NCCPA and Florida Board of Medicine for further information.
    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 physical examination that includes an acknowledgement that the candidate meets the technical standards for admission.
    6. Completion of any outstanding paperwork/transcripts required by UT admissions.

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.

  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: Medical 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.