UAB SPA first time pass rates on the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) compare favorably to the national average.
How do I get health related experience?
Previous and current PA students obtained experience as nurses, surgical technicians, athletic trainers, x-ray technicians, patient care technicians, and medical technologists. Applicants may also volunteer their time in a wide range of opportunities. It should be noted that hands-on patient experience is highly preferred by the program. Shadowing a PA is also strongly recommended.
What if I cannot complete all of the prerequisites by the application deadline?
All applicants with 9 or fewer semester hours of prerequisite courses to complete on Jan 1st of the year of admission will be considered for admission so long as a clearly articulated plan of completion is specified on the supplemental application.
Is there a supplemental application?
Yes, the supplemental application is available to download here. A printed copy of the completed supplemental application, along with a payment of $25.00, is mailed to the program. The deadline to complete and return the supplemental application is September 3, of the year prior to matriculation. All applicants are invited to complete the supplemental application.
When do I apply to the UAB Graduate School?
Applicants who are accepted to the UAB SPA Program will need to complete the UAB Graduate School application. Applicants who are waitlisted will also need to complete the Graduate School application in order to remain on the wait list.
Do you offer advance placement or credit for prior experience?
The UAB Surgical Physician Assistant Program does not offer advance placement or credit for prior experience.
Can I make an appointment to talk to an advisor or someone in person?
The Surgical PA Program will provide information sessions on the following dates: May 7, 2013 at 4:00 CST in Room LRC 104, June 4, 2013 at 4:00 CST Rm –TBD, July 9, 2013 at 4:00 CST Rm- TBD, and August 6, 2013 at 4:00 CST Rm- TBD. These sessions are open to all interested individuals, and are designed to provide information about the program’s application process, mission, curriculum, costs, and outcomes. A seat may be reserved by calling 205-934-3209. Individual counseling sessions may also be arranged.
For more information, see: Tuition and Scholarships
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