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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 by Dec. 17, 2021. The program will interview 120 applicants in four sessions. Applicants are required to attend their scheduled interview session. Each interview session will take place Friday, Jan. 7, 14, 21 or 28, 2022. The daily schedule of the interview session will be as follows:
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
9-9:15 a.m.: Registration for Group 2
9:15-9:30 a.m.: MMI interview instructions for Group 2
9:30-11:10 a.m.: MMI interview for Group 2
11-11:15 a.m.: Registration for Group 3
11:15-11:30 a.m.: MMI interview instructions for Group 3
11:30-1:10 p.m.: MMI interview for Group 3
9:15-10 a.m. and 11:15-12 p.m.: Optional campus tours will be provided
1:20-3 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: 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. The Courtyard provides shuttle service to 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 The University of Tampa’s Department of Physician Assistant Medicine.
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.
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?
As a new PA program, there are no current NCCPA pass rate scores. However, UT will post a pass rate summary report on the website once the first class of PA students completes the PANCE examination Spring 2022.
12. What are the demographics of the first PA cohort?
Read about the baseline admission characteristics (PDF) of those who 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.