Preference Factors

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.