Physician Assistant Education Preference Factors

The requirements for admission described in Admission Requirements are minimum requirements for admission. Because admission to the Program is highly competitive, the Program has designated a number of "Preference Factors" for applicants. In considering applicants for admission to the Program, the Admissions Committee will give preference for admission to applicants possessing the following:

  • An overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.20 or higher (on a 4.00 scale).
  • A science (biology and chemistry) grade point average of 3.20 or higher (on a 4.00 scale)
  • Competitive Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. (50th percentile and above.)
  • Strong motivation to become a physician assistant based on a thorough understanding of the PA profession.
  • Strong motivation to practice in a medically underserved area. Prior work or volunteer experience demonstrating direct patient care.
  • Significant extracurricular, professional, or service organization involvement and activity.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in the personal written statement in the application and in the interview.
  • Personal qualities relating to maturity and professionalism as demonstrated in the interview and letters of recommendation
  • Nebraska residency. (Over half of each entering class consists of Nebraska residents.)

Note: The PA program participates in RHOP, an early admission program. Up to seven (7) positions in each entering class are reserved for applicants to this programs.