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When does the program start?

The Physician Assistant Studies Program enrolls a new class each January.  Only applications from the previous CASPA cycle (April - November) are considered for admission each January. The next class will start January 3, 2018.

Do you require the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score for Admission?

Yes. To be considered for acceptance into the Physician Assistant Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh applicants are required to take the Graduate Record Exam.  Please arrange to send your scores to the University of Pittsburgh through CASPA – the Physician Assistant Studies institution code is 0452. For information to take this test, please visit the GRE website or call 1-800-473-2255.  

Does the program accept CLEP exam scores for required coursework?

No, the program does not accept CLEP.  

When can I apply?

The program starts in January each year and only considers applications from the previous cycle for admission. The program will begin taking applications April 27, 2017 through CASPA for the class that will start January 3, 2018. The CASPA cycle will close November 1, 2017.  Applications will be considered until the class is filled. Students are encouraged to apply early as interview slots fill quickly.  

Are there deadlines for International Applicants?

The University of Pittsburgh has special requirements for international applicants. Please click the following link for the page listing the details: International Applicants. All foreign coursework must be submitted to an evaluation service for a course-by-course U.S. equivalency report. The agency should submit the report directly to CASPA. See the above link for the list of evaluation services accepted by the University. WES evaluations are not accepted. 

Does the Program accept online or community college courses?

Yes, the PA Program accepts both online coursework and community college courses.

Can I work during the Program?

Acceptance into the Physician Assistant Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh requires a full-time commitment.  It is an intense and rigorous program that can be demanding.  The program strongly discourages students from work during the academic year.

Is genetics acceptable for the biology requirement?

Our program does not accept genetics to meet our biology requirement.

What is acceptable for upper level psychology?

Any course above the introductory course from the psychology department.  You may contact the program with a course description if you are unsure.

Do you offer Advanced Standing?

We do not offer advanced standing. All courses within the curriculum are required. No transfer credit is accepted and no credit is granted for pre-admission experiential learning; only full time students are admitted to the curriculum.

What type of experience is accepted towards the 500 hours of patient care experience?

Patient care experience must be direct, "hands-on" patient contact e.g., RN, EMT or paramedic, health educator, patient care attendant or nurse's aide, Peace Corps volunteer or other cross-cultural health care experience, therapist, clinical research assistant, respiratory therapist/aide, medical assistant, OR tech, PT/OT assistant.

What types of experience will NOT be accepted toward the 500 hours of patient care experience?

PA or physician observer or shadowing, medical scribes, non-clinical research assistant positions, pharmacy technician, candy striper or junior volunteer positions, CPR or ACLS instructor, wilderness medicine instructor, patient transporter, pharmaceutical representative, ski patroller, life guard, aerobics instructor, unit clerk, insurance clerk, medical secretary or other clerical positions.

Can I defer my acceptance into the Program for a year?

The Physician Assistant Studies program does not offer deferrals.