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  2. GRE requirements:
    All GRE Scores must be sent to CASPA using code 0437, even if you are a re-applicant or have already sent the score directly to UTMB. Your name must match exactly on both the GRE and CASPA application.
  3. CASPA Deadline:
    Applications must be marked VERIFIED by September 1. It may take up to 4 weeks from your complete date for your application to be verified.
  4. General Information

    The Department of Physician Assistant Studies at the University of Texas School of Health Professions offers a master's degree program in Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS). The program is designed to provide the student the opportunity to gain the competencies necessary to practice as a physician assistant. All program applicants should have the academic, clinical, and interpersonal aptitudes necessary for education as a physician assistant student, and must meet the minimal criteria for application and admission listed below.

    Applicants must have completed the CASPA application including all official transcripts and supporting documents ( marked submitted and completed in CASPA by the September 1 deadline (11:59 p.m. EST). Please document matriculation in prerequisite courses by semester attended, in progress, or planned in as much detail as possible and provide information and/or documentation on all other requirements on your CASPA application. Your application will be considered incomplete if there is missing information, including GRE scores, and/or documentation by the published deadlines, and will not be processed due to the volume of applications received.

    Degree Requirements

    Applicants must have a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university or college. Regardless of the applicant's prior degree(s) or experience, all prerequisite credits and awarding of the bachelor's degree must be completed no later than the end of the spring semester of the year of matriculation.

    Grade Point Average

    The minimum required GPA is 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. All course grades are used in GPA calculations. The minimum required science GPA is 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

    Graduate Record Examination

    Applicants must have submitted results of the Graduate Record Examination (verbal and quantitative scores), even if you have a Master's degree. Use GRE code 0437 to have it reported directly to CASPA. Results must be received by CASPA in order for your application to be considered complete. We do not have a minimum score for GRE.

    If you are a re-applicant or have previously sent your GRE scores to UTMB, you still need to send them to CASPA using the same code 0437.

    Please refer to the GRE General Test web site for online registration and information regarding the change in score reporting at

    Prerequisite Course Requirements

    The Department of Physician Assistant Studies does not review individual transcripts or courses to determine course qualifications. Please consult with your college advisor for specific questions regarding prerequisite courses. You will be individually advised of prerequisite courses on your interview day. Please bring the most current transcript with you at that time. The Department of Physician Assistant Studies studies does not accept prior learning experiences to fulfill prerequisite and/or professional course work credits as evidenced through written examinations, portfolios, demonstrated skills, or health care experience.

    All prerequisite courses must be passed with a grade of "C" or better. All science courses must be designated for "science majors". Distance learning or online courses are accepted to meet the prerequisite requirements.

    Dual credit and AP credit courses are accepted as long as your institution gave you credit for the course and it is documented on your transcript. For specific information refer to the Prerequisites Checklist.

    Background Check

    All entering students must undergo a security background check prior to matriculation. The security background check must be completed after you have been offered acceptance and no more than 60 days prior to your enrollment into the program. Admissions is conditional until a clear background check is received.

    Letters of Recommendation

    Three letters of recommendation are required and must be sent directly to CASPA. Please do not send any documents to the PA Department. Professors, college advisors, clinicians, and employers are recommended. Family members cannot provide letters of recommendations.

    CASPA Supporting Statement

    Areas for your supporting statement on your application include but are not limited to: experiences (medical and otherwise), special and unique talents, honors and accomplishments, work history, community service, extracurricular activities, geographic representation, social and economic background, special personal circumstances (poor grades, etc.), and leadership potential. It is always helpful to include a one to two page resume that highlights your educational, work, and community service experiences with your application.

    Supplemental Application

    Applicants must have completed the UTMB supplemental application. Once UTMB receives the CASPA application, the registrar's office will correspond with the applicant and give him or her instructions on locating and completing the supplemental application.

    The deadline for this application will be given to you at the time you receive information regarding access as it is different than the September 1 deadline.

    Basic Life Support

    BLS or BCLS Certification is required upon enrollment in the program and must be maintained throughout matriculation.


    Individual interviews are conducted by program faculty.

    Admissions advisement is available for prospective students to the UTMB Department of Physician Assistant Studies by telephone or email, and we strongly encourage interested persons to attend one of our open houses. Office or walk-in appointments are not available at this time due to schedule constraints.