- Beginning January 2020, online prerequisite courses, including those with lab components, will be acceptable options to fulfill our prerequisite requirements.
- It is preferred that students who are given an option of pass/fail at their institution decline that option for all prerequisite courses – however, due to the uniqueness of the current circumstances, pass/fail or credit/no credit courses taken this semester will be accepted.
- Applications will be accepted without the minimum 100 hours of community service documented with the expectation that all community service hours are complete with appropriate documentation by program start if accepted.
The MSPA program at UMHB is slated to begin January 2021. Application for admission to the UMHB MSPA program will be available through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) starting in April 30, 2020 and closing August 1, 2020. Interviews with rolling admissions will start June 2020 and conclude in September 2020. This schedule will be followed for the continued application and admission process each year.
Admission to the UMHB MSPA program is extremely competitive. The following list includes the minimum requirements, however meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee applicants an interview nor admission to the program with one exception – all UMHB undergraduate or graduate students who meet these requirements will be offered an interview invitation.
Below are the required academic standards/prior education experience and documents for a completed UMHB MSPA application:
Academic Standards/Prior Education Experience
- Completion of a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. regionally accredited college or university or the equivalent academic accomplishments, approved by the World Education Service (WES) Credential Evaluation
- An overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale as calculated by CASPA
- A science GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale as calculated by CASPA (This GPA includes all college science courses taken at regionally accredited institutions.)
- Overall prerequisite GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale as calculated by CASPA
- Completion of prerequisite courses with an overall prerequisite GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale as calculated by CASPA. All prerequisite course must be completed by August 31 during the year prior to matriculation
- Original transcripts submitted to CASPA
- Completed essay portions on the CASPA
- Three professional letters of recommendation
- Recommendation letters can be from professors, medical professionals, employers, ministers, or area leaders. These letters should reflect your desire and commitment to becoming a physician assistant, as well as notable accomplishments
- Demonstration of Leadership, Experience, and Service on the CASPA:
- Extent of paid and non-paid healthcare experience (including but not limited to EMT, firefighter, athletic trainer, medical assistant, certified nursing assistant, nurse, patient care assistant, pharmacist, dietician, speech therapist, occupational therapist, physical therapist, and shadowing hours)
- Leadership roles (please indicate roles and responsibilities of position on CASPA)
- Extent of community service (minimum of 100 hours required; military and Peace Corps hours will also be accepted)
Additional Requirements for International Applicants or Domestic Applicants Who Attended Foreign Universities
- Transcript Evaluation by World Education Services (WES), submitted through CASPA
- Official iBT TOEFL scores submitted to CASPA, with a minimum total score of 100 AND at least 25 in each section (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). TOEFL scores are only valid for two years.
- Immigration documents, including a copy of a valid passport submitted to www.umhb.edu/graddocs
- If offered admission, further documents may be requested by the UMHB International Student Services Office
While clinical shadowing experience with a physician assistant and a physician is highly recommended, the UMHB MSPA program does NOT require a set number of shadowing or clinical medical experience hours for admission.
Disclosure of Admission and Enrollment Practices
- The UMHB MSPA program will grant an interview to all applicants who are current full-time students or graduates of UMHB who meet the minimum requirements for admission. An interview does not guarantee admission into the program.
- Falsification of any application materials will be grounds for denial of admission to or expulsion from the MSPA program.
Page last updated June 15, 2020