Admission to the Physician Assistant Program

PA Admission Fast Facts

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Master of Physician Assistant Studies

Program Length and Locations
The program is 28 months in length, starting in August and ending two years later in December. The equivalent program will be offered on two campuses, UNMC in Omaha, and the University of Nebraska Kearney.

Degree Requirement
Successful completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Any major is acceptable.

Required Undergraduate Prerequisites
The following 50 hours of course work is required. These courses may be planned or in progress during the application process. All prerequisite course work must be successfully completed by July 15th of the year of intended entry.

Biological Sciences - (minimum of sixteen semester hours)
     Biology - 4 sem hrs
     Human Anatomy - 4 sem hrs
     Human Physiology - 4 sem hrs
     NOTE: Anatomy and Physiology may also be taken in an 8 sem hr combined course.
     Microbiology  - 4 sem hrs
     Immunology and Genetics are strongly recommended.
Chemistry - (minimum of sixteen semester hours)
      General or Inorganic Chemistry with lab - 8 sem hrs (one year sequence)
      Organic Chemistry with lab - 4 sem hrs (one year sequence recommended)
      Biochemistry (lab recommended) - 4 sem hrs
Psychology - (minimum of nine semester hours)
      General Psychology - 3 sem hrs 
      Abnormal Psychology - 3 sem hrs
      Life Span/Developmental Psychology (or other psychology elective) - 3 sem hrs
Mathematics - (minimum of three semester hours)
      Statistics - 3 sem hrs
      Algebra is strongly recommended.
English - (minimum of six semester hours)
      English Composition - 3 sem hrs 
      Additional Writing or English Composition - 3 sem hrs

Required course work graded Pass/Fail or credit obtained by CLEP Examination or Advanced Placement (AP) will not be accepted for any of the 50 hours.

Academic Criteria
1.  A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (A=4.0) is required.
2.  Grades below "C" are not accepted in transfer to the University of Nebraska (e.g., C-, D+, D, D-, F).
3.  Any repeated course grades (original and repeated) will be averaged in the CASPA GPA calculations and used accordingly in evaluation of the application.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
The General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (verbal, quantitative and analytical writing) is required. Scores must be sent by October 1st using UNMC PA Education Program Code 4917, Physician Assistant Department Code 0634. 

Application Checklist
1. Bachelor’s degree prior to matriculation (maximum of 66 from a community college)
2. CASPA (Central Application Service for Physician Assistants) application
3. Three CASPA letters of recommendation
4. Official Transcripts to CASPA using the CASPA Transcript Request Form
5. GRE General Test scores sent to UNMC PA Program, Code 4917, Physician Assistant Department Code 0634
6. Supplemental Application with $70 fee (will be sent after CASPA application is received at Program) 
7. English proficiency requirement, if your native language is not English.
8. Foreign transcripts, if you completed coursework from an institution outside the USA.  

Application Deadline

Other Admissions Tracks
See our pathway programs for additional admissions tracks.
For questions or clarification of requirements, contact Diane Landon at

Program Demographics for Class Entering Fall 2013

Number of applications received:  383                            Number of students Accepted:  50

Average Overall GPA of applicants:  3.45                        Average Overall GPA of Accepted Students:  3.79

Average Science GPA of applicants:  3.25                      Average Science GPA of Accepted Students:  3.71

Average GRE scores of applicants:                             Average GRE scores of Accepted Students:
Verbal: 152  Quantitative: 152  Analytical Writing: 4.0  Verbal: 154  Quantitative: 154  Analytical Writing: 4.0