Admission to the Program

Admissions Requirements

Enrollment in each program is limited and competitive. The admissions committee of each program, composed of program faculty and administration, evaluates the qualifications of each applicant and makes the final selections for admission.

Admission to the Physician Assistant Program requires completion of a bachelor’s degree in any field prior to matriculation in August. Additionally, the applicant must successfully complete the following prerequisites prior to matriculation:

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 with official transcript(s) submitted to the program by July 15th of the year of intended entry.

Biological Sciences - (minimum of sixteen semester hours)
     Biology with Lab - 4 sem hrs
     Human Anatomy with Lab - 4 sem hrs
     Human Physiology with Lab - 4 sem hrs
     NOTE: Anatomy and Physiology may also be taken in an 8 sem hr combined course.
     Microbiology with Lab  - 3 - 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 (3 sem hrs acceptable if 16 minimum semester hours will be met)
Psychology - (minimum of nine semester hours)
      General Psychology (or other psychology elective) - 3 sem hrs 
      Abnormal Psychology - 3 sem hrs
      Life Span/Developmental Psychology - 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 or Writing Intensive Course - 3 sem hrs 
      English Composition or Writing Intensive Course - 3 sem hrs

Medical Terminology - (no minimum credit hour requirement)
      Either a college/university course or certificate program is acceptable.
      UNMC offers a medical terminology course, CAHP 310, which meets this requirement. Taking medical terminology at UNMC is not a preference factor for admission.  Further information about this course.

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 using the UNMC PA Education Program Code 4917, and received by the application materials deadline.

A minimum achievement of the 30th percentile in each section (verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing) is required for admission to the program.

Get complete application details on How to Apply.

Application Deadline


Other Admissions Tracks
See our pathway programs for additional admissions tracks.
For questions or clarification of requirements, contact Academic and Student Affairs by Email.

Program Demographics for Class Entering Fall 2017

Number of applications received: 531                          Number of students Accepted: 62
Range of overall GPA of accepted students: 3.07-4.00
Average science GPA of accepted students: 3.74
Range of science GPA of accepted students: 3.07-4.00

Average GRE scores of Accepted Students:
Verbal: 154.0  Quantitative: 153.4  Analytical Writing: 4.2