Frequently Asked Questions

What are the typical PA student characteristics?
Class Cohort of 2013 - 2015


How do I get health related experience?

Previous and current PA students obtained experience as nurses, surgical technicians, athletic trainers, x-ray Technologists, 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.

When do I apply to the UAB Graduate School?
Applicants who are accepted to the UAB PA 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 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 PA Program will provide information sessions on the following dates:   May 6, 2014 at 4:00 CST in Room SHPB 226, June 3, 2014 at 4:00 CST in Room SHPB 226, July 8, 2014 at 4:00 CST in Room SHPB 226, and August 5, 2014 at 4:00 CST in Room SHPB 226. 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 or emailing at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Individual counseling sessions may also be arranged.

How much does it cost to attend UAB's PA program?
Estimated expenses for in-state and out-of-state tuition and fees are available here.

What are the program goals and outcomes for UAB's PA program?
The goals of the program as well as many important statistics can be found in the UAB Physician Assistant Program Goals and Outcome Report 2007-2014. This document provides information concerning student surveys, employment rate, and job satisfaction, to name a few.


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