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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 on January 11, 2021.

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

No, we do not require a GRE score for admission.

Does the program accept CLEP exam scores for required coursework?

No, the program does not accept CLEP exam scores.  

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 on April 25, 2019 through CASPA for the class that will start on January 6, 2020. The CASPA cycle will close November 1, 2019. Applications will be considered until the class is filled. Students are encouraged to apply early as interview slots fill quickly and the program uses rolling admissions.  

Are there deadlines for International Applicants?

The University of Pittsburgh has special requirements for international applicants. Please click the following link for details: International Applicants. All international 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. 

Does the program accept online or community college courses?

Yes, we accept both online coursework (including online labs) and community college courses. We also accept Advanced Placement Credit (APCR) from high school courses that appear on a college transcript.

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 is acceptable. You may contact the program with a course description if you are uncertain. Sample courses are developmental psychology, abnormal psychology and social psychology.

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, patient care attendant or nurse's aide or assistant, Peace Corps volunteer or other cross-cultural health care experience, therapist, clinical research assistant (with hands-on patient care), respiratory therapist/aide, medical assistant, OR tech or PT/OT assistant.

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

The following will not be accepted as 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 or sitter, 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 PAS program for a year?

The Physician Assistant Studies program does not offer deferrals.