Physician Assistant Studies

Admission to the PA Program

Links:    CASPA APPLICATION    UT SUPPLEMENTAL APPLICATION


Admission Requirements

The Physician Assistant Program will admit students each Fall Semester (August of each year) only. The application cycle opens in May of the year prior to enrollment and closes October 1 of the year prior to enrollment.

Early submission of online CASPA and online UT Supplemental Application / PA Prerequisite Form is encouraged - however, we do not have rolling admissions. 

To be considered for the Physician Assistant Program, candidates must comply with all of the following:

1. Completion of all admission requirements to CASPA (CASPA link) by OCTOBER 1st. CASPA applications must include:

  • Completed and submitted application form
  • CASPA application fee paid
  • At least two letters (maximum three) of recommendation submitted 
  • Verified transcripts for all colleges/universities attended 

2. Applicants to the UT PA Program must be citizens of the United States or have permanent resident status (permanent residency "green" card).  If applying as a permanent resident, an applicant must be a permanent resident at the time of application and will be required to submit a photocopy of the front and back of their permanent resident card. 

  • Applicants who have completed any of their previous undergraduate or graduate training internationally must fulfill the requirements of the UT College of Graduate Studies for international students, which are available for viewing here
  • The UT PA Program requires applicants to provide foreign transcript evaluation from one of the accepted credential evaluation agencies: ECE or WES. The evaluation will be at the applicant's expense.
  • In addition to the requirement for regular admission, all students from non-English speaking countries must achieve satisfactory scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) (unless the international applicant has graduated from a US accredited college or university).
  • All international applicants must demonstrate that they have adequate financial resources for their graduate education before they can be admitted.
  • The TOEFL score requirements and a copy of the financial statement form are available for viewing here.                       

3. Completion of the UT Supplemental Application and UT PA Prerequisite Form by OCTOBER 1st.
The UT PA Prerequisite Form is available as part of the UT College of Graduate Studies Supplemental Application, the link is available through CASPA.  When filling out the UT Supplemental Application, be sure to click on the link to complete the UT PA Prerequisite Form. Please note that The University of Toledo Supplemental Application includes a fee of $45.00. The UT Supplemental Application, accompanying UT PA Prerequisite Form and fee must be submitted by October 1.

4. Applicants must have earned at least a Bachelor level degree with a cumulative 3.00 grade point average to be competitive AND to qualify for financial aid. For those accepted into the UTPA program and entering in August, the Bachelor level degree must be completed by June 15th. A candidate with less than a 3.0 undergraduate GPA may be considered for admission with regular student status only if he/she has completed at least 10 semester hours of applicable coursework at the graduate level and has a minimum GPA of 3.0 in these courses.


Prerequisite Courses: 

You must have the listed credit hours for all of the prerequisite courses. There are no exceptions to this rule and we will not offer a waiver for any of the prerequisites courses for any applicant.

The following Minimum Prerequisites must be completed with a grade of "B-" or better
1. Human Anatomy and Physiology: 6 semester credit hours
    > May be taken as Anatomy & Physiology I and Anatomy & Physiology II or as separate Human Anatomy and Human Physiology Courses
    > If you take a 5 credit hour Anatomy and Physiology course, you will be required to take a combined Anatomy & Physiology course or a separate Human Anatomy and Human Physiology course to meet the requirement
    > Taking a lab or labs with these courses is recommended

2. Inorganic Chemistry or General Chemistry with Lab
   > Course must be 3 credit hours with an additional credit hour for the lab

3. Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry with Lab
   > Course must be 3 credit hours with an additional credit hour for the lab 
   > May be taken as a combined Organic/Biochemistry course with a lab

4. Microbiology with Lab
   > Course must be 3 credit hours with an additional credit hour for the lab 
   > Microbiology course must be taken through the Biology Department

5. Psychology: 6 semester credit hours
    > Introductory Psychology and Lifespan Psychology are highly recommended
    > Psychology courses must be taken through the Psychology Department
    > We will not accept a Psychological Statistics course for the requirement

6. College Algebra, Statistics or any Higher Mathematics: 3 semester credit hours

7. Medical Terminology: 1 semester credit hour
   > There must be a letter grade assigned to this course and listed on the transcript.
   > Candidates may instead choose to take and pass a Medical Terminology test offered by the UT PA Program prior to matriculation. The test is taken at UT in the PA department. Candidates who choose to take the proficiency test and who do not pass the test, will be required to participate in a self-study program and retest or satisfactorily complete a medical terminology course at an accredited college or university prior to enrollment in the UTPA program.

AP (Advanced Placement) or CLEP credits are not acceptable.

All prerequisite coursework identified above must be current within eight (8) years of admission to the program. For those who apply for entrance into the UT PA Program, all prerequisite coursework must have been completed eight years prior to enrollment in the fall of that particular year (with a one week extension for completion of the first summer semester for prerequisite courses). For example, a student admitted for the PA class starting in Fall 2018 must have completed all prerequisites between Fall 2010 and June 15, 2018.

All prerequisites must be completed with a grade of "B-" or higher. For courses where separate grades are assigned for lecture and laboratory sections, the candidate must receive a grade of "B-" or higher for BOTH the lecture and lab.

For applicants enrolled at institutions that use a QUARTER system, credit hours are converted such that five (5) quarter hours = three (3) semester hours.

For applicants enrolled at institutions that use a combined letter grading scale (such as "AB" or "BC"), the only accepted grades are "A", "AB", or "B". Receiving a grade of "BC" does not meet the minimum grade requirement.

For applicants enrolled at institutions that utilize a point system for course grades, a 3.0 or higher is acceptable. Any grade lower than 3.0 is not acceptable.

Preference will be given to applicants who at any time have earned a "B-" or higher in any of the following additional advanced healthcare and science-related undergraduate or graduate courses, including but not limited to: anatomy, physiology, chemistry, biochemistry, genetics, microbiology, immunology, physics, psychology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, endocrinology or mathematics.

Formal healthcare experience, shadowing of PAs or other healthcare providers, or patient contact hours are NOT REQUIRED.  The program does not expect a "required" number of shadowing.  However if you decide to shadow a PA for a shift, it will confirm or provide YOU with an experience but is not necessary for admission to the program.   

The UT PA Program does not require the GRE.

Prior to matriculation, candidates must present evidence that they are currently trained in basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) according to American Heart Association standards. The Basic Life Support (BLS) training must be maintained throughout the program of study.

The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences value added groups (current Ohio residents, graduates of The University of Toledo, non-traditional, underrepresented in medicine and those who are veterans) are given some degree of preference.

The UT PA Program does not provide advanced placement or advanced standing for any students.


Admission Selection Process

Candidates for interviews will be selected from those with completed applications (both CASPA and UT PA Supplemental Application and Prerequisite Form) who meet the minimum entrance requirements and have completed or have a plan to complete all prerequisites by June 15 of the enrollment year.  Candidates selected for interviews will be notified via email December through late February. 

Interviews typically occur in January and run through March. Candidates are notified of acceptance in April.

The selection process is highly competitive and merely meeting minimum entrance requirements does not guarantee an interview or admission to the program.  Normally the UT PA class that enters in August began with over 1000 applicants and slightly over 260 interviews for 40 entering students. There are many factors involved in the selection process, including but not limited to cumulative undergraduate (or completed graduate) grade point average, cumulative science grade point average, personal experiences, writing sample, reference letters, familiarity with the PA profession and the University, oral communication skills, professionalism, problem solving and teamwork.

Based upon a point scoring system with holistic consideration of each candidate, the Admissions Committee may recommend one of the following:

  • Acceptance: Candidates with the highest scores (based upon the candidate's completed CASPA application and interviews) will be recommended to the UT College of Graduate Studies for acceptance. The number of candidates recommended for acceptance will be determined annually by the PA Program class size. For the academic year starting in August, the program expects to accept 40 students. Following interviews, candidates are informed of acceptance in March. An applicant may be receive Conditional Acceptance, as described below.
  • Alternate/Waiting List: Individuals who interviewed but did not receive an offer of a seat in the class will be placed on an alternates list until the class is filled.  Candidates not admitted from the alternate list must reapply if they wish to be considered for the following year.  Immediately following interviews, and the initial selection, candidates are placed on the alternate list and subsequently selected when a seat is declined.  This will occur beginning  in March and usually will end by the end of June. 
  • Non-Acceptance: Candidates not accepted will be notified via email. Candidates who are not accepted are informed at the end of the selection of candidates beginning July 1st.  Candidates wishing to be considered for the following year must reapply.

Admission Under "Conditional" Status

An applicant must complete the general admission requirements specified above. Circumstances which may result in a conditional admission include:
>  An applicant with a Bachelor's degree in progress (must be completed by June 15th). An official transcript with the degree posted must be received prior to matriculation into the program. 
>  An applicant with an undergraduate cumulative grade point average (GPA) less than 3.0 (GPA of 2.99 - 2.97) may be considered for admission under conditional status. Students must achieve a 3.0 in graduate study at UT by the completion of 15 semester hours or may be subject to dismissal. In the past, candidates with undergraduate GPAs less than 3.0 have not been competitive unless they have demonstrated academic achievement through the completion of a relevant graduate level degree program or completion of substantial upper level science courses with a B or better.  
>  An applicant who has any prerequisite courses to complete at the time of application may be admitted with conditional status, with a clear understanding that remaining prerequisites must be satisfactorily (grade of B- or higher) completed by June 15th for matriculation into the Program. Official transcripts or other appropriate documentation will be required.

Note:  Government subsidized financial aid is not available for those students admitted under conditional status. 


Technical Standards for Admission

Our objective is to increase the opportunities for persons with disabilities, while maintaining the expectation that all students achieve the goals of the Program. The technical standards for admission establish the expectations and abilities considered essential for students admitted to the Physician Assistant Program in order to achieve the level of competency required for graduation and ultimately practice as a physician assistant. All students admitted to the PA Program are expected to be able to demonstrate the following abilities: 

  • must have the mental capacity to assimilate and learn a large amount of complex, technical and detailed information, to solve clinical problems, and synthesize and apply concepts and information from various disciplines in order to formulate diagnostic and therapeutic plans;
  • must have the ability to maintain composure and emotional stability during periods of high stress;
  • must have the ability to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients from different social and cultural backgrounds and develop effective professional rapport with patients and co-workers;
  • must have the ability to record examination and diagnostic results clearly, accurately and efficiently;
  • must have adequate sensory function to fulfill minimum competency objectives for palpation, percussion and auscultation necessary to perform a physical examination;
  • must possess sufficient postural control, neuromuscular control and eye-to-hand coordination to use standard medical/surgical instruments and possess sufficient control of the upper extremities to meet the physical requirements for training and for performing a safe physical examination;
  • are expected to learn and perform common diagnostic and therapeutic procedures (e.g., blood drawing, suturing) and interpret the results;
  • are expected to have the degree of coordination of motor skills necessary to respond to emergency situations quickly and appropriately.

Candidates are urged to ask questions about the program's technical standards for clarification and to determine whether they can meet the requirements with or without reasonable accommodations. Questions may be directed to the Program Director or Office of Student Services. Revealing a disability is voluntary; however, such disclosure is necessary before any accommodations may be made in the learning environment or in the Program's procedures. Information about disabilities is handled in a confidential manner. Reasonable accommodations will be made to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. These require program and institutional approval. Requests for accommodations must be submitted in writing, allowing sufficient time prior to matriculation for action on these requests pursuant to Policy 01061, Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability.

Individuals selected for admission to the program must undergo a general physical examination and provide evidence of up-to-date immunization prior to the start of classes in the first year and again just prior to the beginning of clinical rotations in the second year. In addition, students are required to maintain health insurance and liability insurance coverage. Further information is contained in the College of Graduate Studies Handbook and will be reviewed in detail at orientation.

 

Last Updated: 8/10/17