To be eligible to apply for the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program you need to meet the following requirements:
- You should have a baccalaureate degree (there is no preference in what the degree is as long as the prerequisite courses are completed) from a regionally accredited institution.
- If you have not yet completed your bachelor’s degree at the time of application but expect to have it completed by the start of the Physician Assistant Studies program must complete the Declaration of Intent to Complete Degree Requirements Form. This form will need signatures from an advisor and a school official.
- GPA requirements are as follows:
- Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0/4.0 from all coursework. We use the cumulative GPA verified and calculated by Centralized Application Service Physician Assistant (CASPA).
- Prerequisite GPA of at least 3.2/4.0. We use the cumulative GPA verified and calculated by Centralized Application Service Physician Assistant (CASPA).
- Completed all prerequisites (see below for the list).
- For international students where English is not the first language, the TOEFL test is required with the following minimum scores for each section:
- Reading: 22
- Listening: 22
- Speaking: 26
- Writing: 24
Applicants who complete coursework outside of the United States must have their official foreign transcripts evaluated and translated by a PA Program approved independent educational evaluating service based in the United States at their own expense. The evaluation should establish a degree equivalent evaluation and course-by-course equivalent evaluation for all foreign coursework. No PA Program courses will be waived for prior completion of similar courses at a foreign medical school.
In addition to the program requirements, International applicants must meet additional requirements as determined by the IUPUI Office of International Affairs. This includes U.S. students who studied abroad.
- You are required to have completed a minimum of 500 hours of direct patient care involvement occurring in the United States (within the past five years) must be completed at the time of application submission. See below for more information.
- A CASPA application in “Complete” status by August 1st. This means all application materials submitted to CASPA have been received and documented by CASPA.
- Applicants must submit materials to CASPA several weeks in advance of this date in order to be considered ‘complete’ by the August 1st
- Applications which are not in ‘complete’ status or which are submitted after the August 1st will not be reviewed.
- You are required to submit two letters of reference to the CASPA application. At least one of these letters must come from a practicing Physician Assistant you either worked or shadowed.
- You need to include a personal statement regarding your interest in becoming a Physician Assistant and submit it in CASPA in the “Personal Statement” section. Evidence of plagiarism in these documents will result in an application denial and will receive no further consideration.
- A completed IUPUI Graduate/Professional Application by the Application Deadline of August 1st.
- Complete applications will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Candidates who are ineligible based on the selection criteria will be notified and will not receive further consideration. Based on the application review, selected candidates will be invited for an interview. Program interviews will occur in October. Participation in an on-campus interview is mandatory.
Interviews are confirmed on a first-come,
first-servedbasis. Candidates will be notified of their interview status by mid-September.