Cumulative GPA of 3.0 on 4.0 scale for all coursework. All undergraduate and graduate coursework is included in the cumulative grade point average.
Overall science GPA of 3.2 on 4.0 scale for all science coursework. This will include all courses in biology/zoology, inorganic and organic chemistry, biochemistry, physics, and other sciences. For a list of course subjects included in other sciences, click HERE.
- Only GPAs calculated by CASPA will be considered in the application review process.
The program requires patient contact hours though there are no minimum hour requirements. These hours may be paid, volunteer, or shadowing experiences. The purpose of accruing patient contact hours is to ensure the applicant has adequate exposure to the healthcare system, patients, and the role of a PA. Each applicant’s patient care experiences will be individually evaluated on the variety and quality of the experiences and the cumulative patient care hours obtained. Record all patient care experiences in the CASPA application in the Experiences section.
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 October 21st and 22nd . Participation in an on-campus interview is mandatory.
- Reading: 22
- Listening: 22
- Speaking: 26
- Writing: 24
The evaluation should establish a degree equivalent evaluation and course-by-course equivalent evaluation for all foreign coursework. Approved evaluations services include:
- International Education Research Foundation (IERF)
P.O. Box 3665
Culver City, CA 90231-3665
- Josef Silny & Associates
7101 SW 102 Avenue
Miami, FL 33173
- World Education Services, Inc. (WES)
PO Box 745
New York, NY 10113-0745
World Education Services
- 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.
- No PA Program courses will be waived for prior completion of similar courses at a foreign medical school.
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 October 21st and 22nd. Participation in an on-campus interview is mandatory.
The program utilizes a holistic admissions process. The most competitive applicants will likely be those that surpassed the minimum academic requirements, have a clear understanding of the PA profession, demonstrate professionalism, leadership, community service, and are a good match to the program vision, mission, and values. For more information on the program vision, mission, and values go to the Physician Assistant Studies Department page. Completed applications in "verified" status will be reviewed as received.
The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Indiana University School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program sponsored by Indiana University. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.
Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be March 2027. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.
Prerequisite Courses Information
The Master of Physician Assistant Studies program requires a series of prerequisite classes to prepare you for the program’s coursework. CASPA will use these courses to calculate a separate specific GPA used in the admission decision. All courses, except for Medical Terminology, must be at least three credit hours. Prerequisite coursework must be completed with a grade of ‘C’ or higher. Online courses are not accepted for science courses with labs.
As a part of your application, you must fill out a Prerequisite Course Completion Form. Please see additional information on how to fill out this form.
- Human Anatomy with lab
- Human Physiology, lab preferred
- Microbiology with lab
- General Chemistry with lab (two semesters)
- Statistics or Biostatistics (must include inferential)
- General Biology I with lab (no plant-based courses)
- Upper-level Human Biology, lab preferred
- Organic Chemistry with lab
- Introductory Psychology
- Medical Terminology (at least one credit)
Avoid completing the Prerequisite Course Completion Form online within your web browser.
Although you can fill in a form while it is displayed within your browser, we strongly recommend that you not do so. You will lose all entered form data if you browse to other web pages in the same browser window that you are using to display the screen fillable form. You run the risk of accidentally deleting all of your entered form data by inadvertently clicking on the “back or “forward” buttons on your browser. Clicking either of these buttons will close the form and delete of all your information.
We recommend that you open the Acrobat Reader program, click on file/open and locate the form saved on your computer hard drive. Then fill out the form in Acrobat Reader independently from your browser or your Internet connection.
Once you have located and downloaded a desired form to your PC, you are now ready to begin filling out the form.
- Applicants who previously matriculated in any physician assistant program in the United States are not eligible for admissions into the MPAS Program at IUPUI. No program courses will be waived for prior completion of similar courses at a foreign medical school.
- Advanced Placement (AP) Credit/Dual Credit/CLEP Tests: High School Advanced Placement (AP) credit appearing on official college transcripts is accepted if the score is 3 or higher. For dual credit courses, the course title must appear on an official college transcript with a letter grade. CLEP tests are not accepted.
- Class substitutions that do not cover the scope or information included in the above classes will not be accepted.
Technical Standards for Admission and Retention
The Indiana University Physician Assistant Program faculty has specified the following non-academic criteria ("Technical Standards") which all applicants/physician assistant students are expected to meet in order to participate in the IU Physician Assistant Program and the practice of medicine.
*Adapted from the Indiana University School of Medicine Technical Non-Academic Standards
A background screening will be required if you are accepted into the Program.
- Applicants who previously matriculated in any physician assistant program in the United States are not eligible for admissions into the IU MPAS program.
- Personal feedback will not be provided to unsuccessful applicants.
Are you ready to apply?
All items are due by the August 1st deadline.
- Apply to IUPUI using the graduate online application and pay the $70 application fee.
For “Intended Program and Plan,” please select the following answers to each question:
- What type of degree do you intend to pursue?: Masters
- Academic Program: SHHS-Physician Assistant Studies
- Academic Plan: Physician Assistant Studies MPAS
- Are you applying to a dual degree program: No
- Term: Summer 2020
- Recommendations: skip this session
- Personal Statement: skip this session
- Complete the CASPA Application. Your CASPA application must be in “Complete” status by the application deadline.
- Initial Program Designation: $177
- Each Additional Program: $51
- Your personal statement should be submitted in the Personal Statement” section of your CASPA application.
- Written response to supplemental essay prompt in Questions section in CASPA
- Record all patient care and shadowing experiences in the “Experiences” section in CASPA. Other experiences listed in this section will be reviewed, as well.
- Prerequisite Course Completion Form: Download, enter information, save the document, then submit it with the IUPUI Graduate Application in the “Department Information/Additional Upload” section.
- If you have not completed your bachelor’s degree you will need to complete a Declaration of Intent to Complete Degree Requirements Form and submit with the IUPUI Graduate Application in the “Department Information/Additional Upload” section.
- GRE scores are optional and should be recorded in your CASPA application.