Application Deadlines

August 1 - year prior to matriculation - last day to take the GRE

August 1 - 12:00am EST - e-submit the CASPA Application

August 7 - 12:00am CST - deadline for the UAB PA Supplemental Application

October 1 - 12:00am EST- deadline for application to be completed and verified by CASPA

Application Instructions

This program participates in the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). Please consult CASPA for more information regarding specific CASPA application requirements, procedures and fees. The CASPA application needs to be completed by August 1 the year prior to admission. Applicants should send all application materials directly to CASPA. Applicants should use GRE Code 0570 when sending GRE scores to CASPA. CASPA will verify the application information and send completed applications to the program.

After completing the CASPA application the applicant should complete the UAB PA Supplemental Application. Following the program’s receipt of the CASPA application, official GRE scores, and UAB SPA Supplemental Application, the UAB PA Program will review the packet.

Completed applications are reviewed by members of the admissions committee. Interviews are held in October and November. Admissions decisions are finalized in December. Students who are accepted to the Physician Assistant program will need to complete the UAB Graduate School application.

Application Fees

  • There is a CASPA application fee of $177 for first designation and a fee of $51 for each additional designation.
  • The UAB PA Supplemental Application fee is $75. This may be paid electronically. Please submit the completed Supplemental Application, including the Order ID Number, electronically to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Payment must be made in order to process the Supplemental Application. This is a non-refundable fee.
  • There is a UAB Graduate School Application fee of $50 for domestic students and $60 for international students. This fee only applies to students accepted into the program.
  • There is a UAB PA deposit of $300 that is applied towards tuition in the first semester of the program. The deposit only applies to students accepted into the program. The deposit is non-refundable and will be forfeited by the applicant in the event that he/she does not enroll and attend the UAB PA program.
  • Other expenses to anticipate:
    • GRE or MCAT preparation and examination
    • The cost of sending transcripts to CASPA

Requirements

Prerequisite Requirements

The following prerequisites: All prerequisite courses must be completed at a regionally accredited institution in the United States:

  • 8 semester hours of biology for majors
  • 3-4 semester hours of microbiology (lab preferred)
  • 3-4 semester hours of human anatomy
  • 3-4 semester hours human physiology
  • 8-9 semester hours of general chemistry (labs preferred)
  • 3-4 semester hours of statistics
  • 6 semester hours of psychology (general; developmental or abnormal)

To confirm your prerequisite equivalencies, you can use the UAB Transfer Credit Equivalency Database.

Prerequisites UAB Equivalency
Biology for majors BY123 and BY124
Statistics Any statistics will satisfy this prerequisite
Psychology
  1. You must have a General Psychology
  2. You have either a Developmental or Abnormal Psychology
    General: PY101
    Developmental: PY212
    Abnormal: PY218
General Chemistry CH105/106, CH107/108, CH115/116, CH117/118
Human Anatomy and Physiology or A&P I and II Sequence BY115 and BY116
Microbiology BY261, BY271

Application Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited college/university.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test scores from the Verbal, Quantitative and Analytic sections or Medical College Admission Test (MCAT). Applicants with advanced degrees whose GRE scores are older than 5 years (i.e. the time limit that ETS will send scores) can request the PA program to consider dated scores if the applicant can provide documentation of their GRE scores directly from the institution they attended. The documentation should be sent directly from the student's graduate degree institution to the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. prior to the August 1st deadline for application evaluation. Please note that recent GRE scores often make applicants with an advanced degree more competitive than applicants with an advanced degree that do not have recent GRE scores. Furthermore, as with all applicants, the UAB admissions review committee could still determine that the applicant should retake the GRE and reapply the next application cycle.
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 (A = 4.0).
  • A minimum overall science grade point average of at least 3.0 (A = 4.0).
  • A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in the program prerequisite courses, with a minimum grade of C in each.
  • 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. All prerequisite courses must be completed before the program begins in the fall semester.
  • Technical ability to complete the program (see PAEA Required Competencies and Minimum Technical (Performance) Standards).
  • Interview with faculty.
  • Medical clearance: UAB physician assistant students must be medically cleared for enrollment if accepted to program. Detailed information is available via UAB Student Health Services.
  • Undergo a criminal background check and consent to drug testing if accepted into the program.

International Requirements

International Students must submit a transcript evaluation from World Education Services, Educational Credential Evaluators, or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc.

The Graduate School now monitors English proficiency to make sure applicants meet our minimum scores which are listed below.

  • IELTS – 6.5
  • TOEFL – 80
  • PTEA – 53

Other requirements include a financial affidavit of support and immigration documentation (if currently residing in the United States).

Credit for Prior Learning or Experience

Credit is not offered for prior experiential learning or prior course work (the Program does not offer advanced placement). Furthermore, credit is not offered for courses provided by another physician assistant program. No student may omit or waive any of the required clinical year rotations.

Evaluation Criteria

Applicants are evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Academics - Overall GPA, Science GPA, Prerequisite Grades and GRE or MCAT Scores.
  • Clinical Experience - Experience in health care settings, such as providing direct patient care, surgical experience, shadowing and /or other health care experience, is considered by the admissions committee.
  • Personal Statement - Applicants are evaluated on the quality of their personal statement.
  • Letters of Support - Three (3) letters of support are reviewed and considered.

The PA Program is committed to recruiting and matriculating minority and disadvantaged students for careers as physician assistants.

Listed below are the midrange scores of students admitted into the program. These scores are provided so that applicants can assess their competitiveness.

CohortClass SizeMaleFemaleWhiteBlackHispanic or LatinoOther Race EthnicityAlabama ResidentMean Age (SD)Average Science GPAAverage Overall GPAAverage Verbal GRE %Average Quant GRE
2016-2018 88 10 78 71 6 5 6 50 24 (2.68) 3.60 3.66 58 50
2015-2017 80 17 63 57 5 4 14 39 27 (5.25) 3.47 3.54 58 46
2014-2016 68 14 53 62 3 0 3 40 26 (4.13) 3.54 3.57 61 51
2013-2015 59 13 46 52 3 2 2 28 26 (4.55) 3.50 3.57 60 56
2012-2014 57 13 44 52 2 2 1 21 26 (3.29) 3.54 3.61 63 59
2011-2013 47 8 39 38 0 2 7 16 26 (3.95) 3.61 3.62 56 52
2010-2012 46 10 36 44 2 0 0 19 26 (4.35) 3.52 3.55 63 54
2009-2011 42 10 32 36 0 4 2 22 26 (5.00) 3.55 3.58 63 56
2008-2010 34 9 25 32 2 0 0 15 26 (4.25) 3.53 3.56 57 52
2007-2009 36 6 30 34 1 0 1 20 25 (3.20) 3.51 3.46 63 55
2006-2008 33 9 24 25 4 1 3 20 26 (4.56) 3.53 3.45 58 47
2005-2007 32 10 22 28 0 2 2   26 (6.11) 3.42 3.47 53 41

Prior Experience of Students Admitted to the UAB Physician Assistant Program

 Patient CareOther Health CareHealth Care ShadowingCommunity Service
Mean Hours 3446 379 182 322
Median Hours 1031 33 100 132
Mean Days 431 47 23 40
Median Days 129 4 13 17

Admissions Process Timeline

  • May – October: Application review.
  • October – November: Interviews.
  • December – Admissions decisions finalized.
  • January – March: Admitted students complete the UAB Graduate School Application.
  • April – August: Complete orientation requirements.

Additional Information

In order to ensure that patients receive the best medical care possible, the faculty of the UAB PA program has identified certain skills and professional behaviors that are required for successful completion of the program. These skills and behaviors are required to perform a variety of activities within the curriculum and also to function clinically as a physician assistant. Therefore, all students in the PA Program must be able to demonstrate these skills and professional behaviors, including students with disabilities when reasonable accommodations are made by the program.

Minimum Technical (Performance) Standards

PAEA Required Competencies