Frequently Asked Questions
Students begin in the summer term. Typically, the first day is the second or third Monday in May.
The PA program is 27 months. Students begin in May and graduate two years later in August.
No. The IU MPAS program is an on-campus program. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, temporary adjustments to the curriculum have been made so students can continue progressing through the program during this time.
Due to the intensity and academic rigor of the program, the IU MPAS department strongly recommends that students do not work while in the program. Students are required to be available for class meetings from 8am-5pm Monday through Friday. Additional individual and group study time outside of class are also required.
We do not offer individual tours of the PA facilities however, during on-campus interviews the program provides a tour of the PA program facilities.
If students would like to tour the IUPUI campus, they can schedule a campus tour using this link: https://www.iupui.edu/admissions/visit.html.
We encourage to you attend the annual Information Session in the spring.
Our MPAS program does not use a rolling admissions process. However, applications submitted early in the application cycle will be reviewed before the application deadline and admission interviews may be extended prior to the deadline. Offers of admission will not be extended until after the interview days in September. We would encourage applicants to submit their applications early.
No. The MPAS admissions committee does not give preference to any applicant type.
Applicants that have completed coursework outside of the United States are required to have a course-by-course evaluation completed for all foreign coursework. Below are the evaluation services that have been approved by the PA admissions committee.
- 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
The IU MPAS admissions committee accepts an undergraduate degree in any major from a regionally accredited institution. Completion of the prerequisite courses is also required. The most common undergraduate majors are biology, exercise science, health science, and psychology.
No. The GRE is not required and scores will not be reviewed.
Applicants are not eligible for to apply if they do not meet our minimum requirements, which includes a 3.0 cumulative GPA and a 3.2 overall science GPA. We do not give special consideration to the last 60 credit hours. All college coursework is factored into the cumulative GPA.
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: https://shhs.iupui.edu/about/departments/physician-assistant.html.
For the 2020-2021 application cycle, shadowing hours are not required due to the coronavirus pandemic. Typically, the program requires a minimum of 10 hours shadowing a practicing PA. 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. All patient contact hours are accepted. Applicants need to address how their patient contact hours have prepared them for PA school in their personal statement. There is no ideal number of patient contact hours that applicants need to be most competitive. This requirement is just one part of the holistic admissions review.
No. You do not need to upload your transcripts in the IU Graduate CAS application and you do not need to submit them to IUPUI. Please only submit your official transcripts to CASPA.
Yes. The MPAS admissions committee accepts coursework from any regionally accredited institution.
No. Online courses are not accepted for the science prerequisite courses with labs. However, due to the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 and since many schools have moved all learning to online, prerequisite courses completed online in Spring 2020, Summer 2020, and Fall 2020 will be accepted.
Yes. Prerequisites can be retaken. However, all attempts at prerequisite courses will be factored into the overall GPA calculations.
If you would like the MPAS admissions committee to review your coursework, please send your college transcript and/or course syllabus to firstname.lastname@example.org.
First, our preference would be for all applicants to earn a letter grade. If an applicant’s school has transitioned to a Satisfactory/Fail or Pass/Fail grading option, the following is preferred:
- For students in the IU system, a Satisfactory grade would be accepted but Passing grades would not be accepted.
- For applicants from universities other than IU, either Satisfactory or Passing grades will be accepted, though a Satisfactory grade is preferred if both S and P are an option.
Applicants can only have one outstanding prerequisite at the time they submit their application. A prerequisite course is considered outstanding if it is incomplete and ungraded. The outstanding prerequisite can be completed in either the fall or spring semester. It will need to be completed by the time the program begins in May.
No. Transfer credit is not accepted. Applicants should be aware that all courses in the program curriculum are required. There is not an option for the curriculum to be accelerated.
For the 2020 application cycle, interviews are scheduled for September 28th and September 29th.
The number of students invited to interview changes each cycle. In the 2019-2020 application cycle, 160 students were invited to interview. The interview will include one applicant and two interviewers. Applicants will not receive feedback on their interview from the admissions committee.
Yes, you can reapply the next cycle. We offer one application cycle per year. It opens at the end of April and the deadline is August 1st.
Financial Aid and Tuition
At this time, we also have an admission-based scholarship for incoming students. The recipient and dollar amount are determined by the Admissions Committee and awarded to an incoming student. There is no application for this scholarship. For students looking for financial aid, we encourage you to fill out the FAFSA. Most students utilize federal student loans.
Current PA students might be eligible for the following scholarships:
- IU Physician Assistant Alumni Scholarship
- IUPUI Physician Assistant Primary Care Fellowship
- Dr. Gaylen M. Kelton International Service Learning Experience Scholarship
- Physician Assistant Charter Class Fund
Please visit this page to review the rates and fees: https://shhs.iupui.edu/academics/graduate-professional/physician-assistant.html.