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Master of Physician Assistant Studies Admissions

To be considered for admission to the Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree program, an applicant must have participated in the competitive admissions process and previously earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States. The bachelor’s degree requirement cannot be waived. The minimum overall grade point average (GPA) required for admission is 2.85 on a 4.0 scale. All enrolled students must meet the program’s minimum Health and Technical Standards to participate in the program.

GRE Requirement

The PA Studies (PAS) program requires a Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test Score. The official GRE score report is due by December 1. There is no minimum score requirement; however, higher scores are considered more competitive. Applicants will be considered incomplete until an official score report is received from Educational Testing Service (ETS). Early submittal of scores is strongly encouraged. The GRE code for PA Studies is 6380.

Prerequisite Coursework

The minimum prerequisite coursework requirements cannot be waived and must be obtained by the posted deadline(s) from regionally-accredited U.S. colleges or universities or coursework deemed equivalent by the PA Studies Program. Exceptions are not permitted. Prerequisite course work must be satisfied with a grade of “C” or higher (2.0 on 4.0 scale). A single course cannot be used simultaneously to meet more than one course prerequisite. All coursework completed by the applicant will be considered in the admissions process.

General Course Requirements

English Composition


U.S. History


U.S. Government


(Applicants are exempt from the above requirements if they hold a Bachelor's Degree from an accredited U.S. university prior to the application deadline)

Psychology (General or Introductory)


Electives: Psychology, Sociology and/or Anthropology


Mathematics: College Algebra or higher




Science Course Requirements:


Anatomy & Physiology (with lab)


General Microbiology (with lab)


Organic Chemistry (with lab)


Immunology or Genetics


Biochemistry or Cellular Biology (Upper-Level)


Course work is converted to semester credit hours when calculating GPA and when determining if minimum prerequisite requirements have been met. Meeting the prerequisite requirements generally calls for completion of courses designed for science majors; courses offered for non science majors do not typically satisfy the prerequisite requirements in anatomy, physiology, microbiology, organic chemistry, immunology, genetics, biochemistry, or cellular biology. A maximum of three (3) semester credit hours in Psychology may be obtained through advanced standing examination such as CLEP or its equivalent. Prerequisite credit received through advanced standing examination such as CLEP (or equivalent) is not acceptable for science course work. Credit for coursework obtained through correspondence or television courses will be recognized as meeting prerequisite requirements as long as course credit is awarded from a regionally-accredited college or university in the U.S.

Foreign Coursework

An applicant with academic credentials from a college or university located outside the United States, who chooses to apply that study toward meeting prerequisite requirements, must follow all instructions posted in the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistant (CASPA) application.

Applicants must follow application instructions when submitting coursework from foreign colleges and universities for U.S. equivalence through CASPA, and these courses must be deemed equivalent by the PA Studies Program. Upon satisfying all prerequisite requirements, applicants with academic credentials from non-U.S. colleges or universities are processed with the same consideration as all others.


Official transcripts used for evaluation in the admissions process must be submitted according to instructions published by the application service (CASPA). Upon acceptance of an offer of admission, applicants must request final official transcripts from each institution previously attended be sent directly to the Office of Admissions and Outreach. Final transcripts must list all courses including those that were in progress between initial application and final matriculation into the program.

Prerequisite Coursework Substitution

Prospective applicants seeking substitution for prerequisite coursework should submit their request via e-mail to: mailto:PAAdmissions@hsc.unt.edu or by regular mail to:

UNT Health Science Center
Office of Admissions and Outreach
Attn: PA Admissions
3500 Camp Bowie Boulevard
Fort Worth, TX 76107-2699

A catalog course description or course syllabus from the college or university where the course was completed must be submitted with the request. If a catalog course description is not available, a letter from the academic department that offered the original course describing the content and nature of the course may be substituted. Coursework substitutions and content hours must be equivalent or comparable to the prerequisite. Substitutions are approved on an individual basis. The program reserves the right to approve or deny any prerequisite course substitution requests.

Admission Procedures

Applications to the Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program are accepted through the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) from May through November 1. In order to be considered for admission, a complete CASPA and Supplemental Application must be received for the year in which the candidate is applying. Early application is recommended. Applications cannot be held over for subsequent years. Applicants will be considered for admission into the program as early as October of the year prior to matriculation; therefore, early application is recommended. To allow for timely receipt and processing, it is strongly recommended that all application materials, fees, transcripts, and reference forms be submitted at least 30 days prior to the posted deadline. Applications submitted after the posted deadline will not be considered.

Applicants are also required to submit a PA Supplemental Application. Supplemental Applications become available online on June 1, and can be accessed at my.hsc.unt.edu.

Applicants must submit the Supplemental Application by November 15. Applicants will not be reviewed until both the CASPA and Supplemental Application are received by the Admissions Office.

Applicants should not send application materials, transcripts, reference letters, or additional information to the Admissions Office unless specifically requested to do so. The program does not assume any responsibility for application materials sent to CASPA, and will not forward materials to the application service on behalf of applicants.

Applicant Selection

The Physician Assistant Admissions Committee seeks applicants who possess the best qualifications to progress through the curriculum.

Although an applicant's entire academic record is considered, this alone does not ensure acceptance. Evidence of personal integrity, maturity, creativity, motivation, dedication, and the ability to work with others are additional factors that will be considered. These qualities and attitudes are evaluated by several means, including letters of reference, the scope and nature of extracurricular activities (including work and volunteer experience), the scope and breadth of prior education and through the interview process. Although prior experience in a health care setting is not required, this experience is considered a beneficial attribute and viewed positively by the Physician Assistant Studies Admissions Committee. Selected applicants will be invited to the Health Science Center in Fort Worth for an admissions interview prior to selection. The Dean of the School of Health Professions has final approval for all admission decisions.

Transfer Policy

The program does not admit transfer students from other physician assistant programs.

Advance Placement

Advance placement may only be considered once the student is already enrolled in the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program and that student has: 1) successfully completed the exact or nearly exact same course as that listed in the current MPAS curriculum; 2) taken the exact or nearly exact same course within 3 years of enrollment into the MPAS curriculum; 3) completed the exact or nearly exact same course with a letter grade of “B” or better; and 4) has obtained written approval of the Chair of PA Studies. Advance placement may not be offered or approved during the admissions process. Requests for advance placement or a course waiver must be initiated by the student in writing within 5 class days of enrollment into the MPAS curriculum. No requests for course exemption will be considered after that time.

Approval of advanced placement is determined on a case-by-case basis.

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