1. How do I learn more about the program to help me apply? Can I meet personally with a member of the admissions team or program faculty?
Our intent is for the PA program website, FAQ section, class admission profile and virtual advising sessions to assist applicants in completing the CASPA and the program’s supplemental application. Unfortunately, due to the volume of applicants, PA faculty are unable to meet individually with all applicants. The information sessions offer an excellent opportunity for applicants to interact with faculty and learn more about the profession. If you have used all of the resources and continue to need assistance, we recommend sending an email to the admissions team at email@example.com. Please allow five business days for us to reply. If you don’t receive an email response after that time, then resend the email.
2. Does the PA program offer part-time classes?
No. The program must be taken full time. Students can expect to be in classes Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
3. How long is the PA program?
UT’s PA program is 27 months in duration, with seven semesters and a total of 112 credit hours.
4. How many seats are available for each incoming class?
Each class will admit a maximum of 48 applicants.
5. When do classes start, and when is graduation?
Each class will begin the program in mid-August of year one and graduate in December of year three.
6. Does the PA program have admission interviews? When will they occur? What is the interview schedule?
- Yes, selected applicants will be sent notification by the PA program for an on-campus interview.
- 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 American Academy of Physician Assistants' (AAPA) Code of Ethics and the Physician Assistant Medicine 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 physician assistant medicine 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.
- Professional dress is expected during the interview. Lunch will be provided to all applicants invited for an interview.
- Selected applicants will be notified via email by the date listed below.
- The program will interview 90 applicants in three sessions.
- Interview notification, dates conducted and admission offers:
For Applicants who apply by July 1, 2022 deadline
- 60 notified by July 27, 2022
- Interviews conducted on Aug. 11, 2022, or Aug. 12, 2022
- Admission offers Aug. 19, 2022
- Deposit ($1,500) due Aug. 24, 2022
For Applicants who apply by Dec. 1, 2022 deadline
- 30 notified by Dec. 22, 2022
- Interview conducted on Jan. 6, 2023
- Admission offers Jan. 13, 2023
- Deposit ($1,500) due Jan. 18, 2023
- The daily schedule of the interview session will be as follows:
7-7:15 a.m.: Registration for all three groups
7:15-7:25 a.m.: Welcome with the Program Director
7:30-9:10 a.m.: MMI interview for Group 1
7:30-9:10 a.m.: Meeting with the Department Chair/Program Director for Group 2
7:30-9:10 a.m.: Campus tour and meet with current students for Group 3
9:25-11:05 a.m.: MMI interview for Group 2
9:25-11:05 a.m.: Meeting with the Department Chair/Program Director for Group 3
9:25-11:05 a.m.: Campus tour and meet with current students for Group 1
11:20 a.m.-1 p.m.: MMI interview for Group 3
11:20 a.m.-1 p.m.: Meeting with the Department Chair/Program Director for Group 1
11:20 a.m.-1 p.m.: Campus tour and meet with current students for Group 2
1:10-3 p.m.: Lunch with PA program faculty
3 p.m.: Dismissal. Flights at 5 p.m. or later
Parking: If driving to campus, we have spots reserved in the Thomas Parking Garage. Please enter the garage from West North A Street off North Boulevard. Follow the signs to the Graduate Health Studies building, second floor.
Accommodations: There are many hotels close to UT’s campus. We will provide storage space on campus for your luggage, if needed. We suggest you explore some of the local attractions as well. Mobile rideshare apps such as Uber and Lyft are available in the area. Tampa International Airport is just six miles away from campus.
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.
7. Does the PA program offer advanced placement, accept transfer students or provide credit for experiential learning?
No. UT’s PA program does not offer advanced placement for students with prior graduate work, nor does the program accept transfer students or offer credit for experiential learning. The program does not offer credit for prior experience working in the health care field. All incoming students will be required to complete all coursework in the program curriculum.
8. Is there a mandatory graduate research project during the PA program?
Yes. All students enrolled in the PA program must successfully complete a master’s capstone project and receive a passing grade in order to graduate. Faculty will guide, monitor and assess the quality of each student’s work in this process.
9. Is UT’s PA program accredited?
The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to The University of Tampa Department of Physician Assistant Medicine Program sponsored by The University of Tampa.
Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.
Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.
The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at http://www.arc-pa.org/accreditation-history-university-of-tampa/.
10. What degree is awarded by the PA program?
Each graduate will be awarded a Master of Physician Assistant Medicine (MPAM) degree.
11. What are UT’s NCCPA pass rate scores?
UT's inaugural PA cohort graduated in December 2021. Their Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) pass report is located online. UT's PA program aims to achieve a PANCE pass rate above national average. The PA program is assessing our performance and will be initiating modifications to admissions, curriculum and PANCE preparation in response to the lower than anticipated first time PANCE pass rate.
12. What are the demographics of the first PA cohort?
Read about the admission characteristics (PDF) of those who apply, interview, are accepted and matriculate.
13. Are PA students able to work outside of the PA program?
- PA students are not prohibited from working while enrolled in the PA program; however, due to the amount of study and intensive nature of the curriculum, students are generally discouraged from obtaining or maintaining employment while enrolled. No special academic accommodations or scheduling arrangements will be made or granted for students who choose to work while enrolled.
- PA students are not required to work for the program.
- PA students are not allowed to substitute for or function as instructional faculty.
- PA students are not allowed to substitute for clinical or administrative staff during clinical rotations.
- In addition, PA students are not permitted to engage in any paid or salaried role in conjunction with completion of their clinical rotations.