Applications for admission will be reviewed by the PA Program Admissions Committee. Candidates selected will be required to meet with the Admissions Committee. The University of Pittsburgh’s PA program finds the personal interview to be a necessary and important component to the admission process. The faculty looks for such personal attributes as maturity, empathy and compassion, motivation, ability to communicate, cultural sensitivity, critical thinking skills and the potential to achieve career fulfillment within the PA role. Interviews will be conducted on campus and provide the candidate and faculty an opportunity to meet and discuss the program objectives and the student’s goals, objectives, rationale for choosing the PA profession and more specifically the program at the University of Pittsburgh. See below for interview dates for the upcoming CASPA cycle.
Interviews will be held this summer and fall for seats in the class that will start in January 2021 (spring term). The following dates will be offered:
Tuesday - July 14, 2020
Tuesday - July 28, 2020
Tuesday - September 15, 2020
Tuesday - October 27, 2020
Prior to final acceptance, those individuals offered a seat in the University of Pittsburgh Physician Assistant Program, will be required to have a criminal background check and a health assessment completed prior to matriculation. Matriculation as a student in the Program is conditional upon the results of the background check and health assessment to include a drug screen. Failure to complete this process and submission of documents on or before the deadline given will result in forfeiture of your seat.
If a prospective student declines to undergo the background check or health assessment, including a drug screen, or if findings of a grievous nature are revealed, the offer of admission will be revoked.
Acceptance into and successful completion of the University of Pittsburgh Physician Assistant Program does not imply or guarantee NCCPA Certification or that the student will be able to obtain state licensure upon graduation.