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 two early admission programs: RHOP and NU PATHS. Up to seven (7) positions in each entering class are reserved for applicants to these programs.
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