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The following deadlines refer to the year prior to matriculation:

  • April: CASPA opens
  • August 1: Last day to take the GRE
  • August 1 (11:59 PM EST): Last day to e-submit the CASPA Application
  • August 7 (11:59 PM CST): Deadline to submit the UAB PA Supplemental Application
  • October 1 (11:59 PM EST): Deadline for application to be reviewed and verified by CASPA

Application Instructions

The UAB PA 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 of the year prior to matriculation. 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.

Taking a break from, and returning to, your PA Supplemental Application submission:

  • To take a break while completing your submission; you will need to revisit the application on the same computer/browser as you did initially. The program automatically stores a cookie in your browser, and you should be able to pick up where you left off.
  • If you revisit the applications over two weeks after your last activity, on a different computer or browser, or after clearing your cache, you will be sent to the beginning of the application.

Following the program’s receipt of the CASPA application, official GRE scores, and UAB PA 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. 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 preparation and examination
    • The cost of sending transcripts to CASPA


  • 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 science 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 AND developmental or abnormal psychology)
    • 2-3 semester hours of medical terminology

    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
    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
    Medical Terminology Any medical terminology will satisfy this prerequisite
  • Admission Requirements
    • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited college/university.
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores from the verbal, quantitative and analytic sections. 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
    • Cumulative GPA, overall science GPA, prerequisite grades lower than a grade of “C,” and GRE percentage scores.
  • Clinical Experience
    • Although not required for admissions, experience in the healthcare setting (providing direct or indirect patient care) is preferred.
    • Extent and scope of experience are considered in the application score.
  • Personal Statement
    • Applicants are evaluated on the content and quality of their personal statement.
    • This will also be utilized to review applicants that will require a second review prior to finalizing invitations for interviews.
  • Reference Letters
    • Three letters of reference will be evaluated.
  • Supplemental Application
    • Students will be evaluated on the content and quality of answers provided to the supplemental questions.
    • This will also be utilized to review applicants that will require a second review prior to finalizing invitations for interviews.
    • Students will be reviewed for attributes and characteristics that meet our program’s mission.
  • Favored Individuals/Groups
    • The MSPAS Program is committed to recruiting and matriculating a diverse group of students who exemplify attributes that align with our program mission. This includes minority / underrepresented in medicine students, those from diverse or disadvantaged backgrounds, veterans, first-generation scholars, multilingual students, those who have shown a commitment to service and practicing in an underserved or rural area, and those with graduate degrees.

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.

Admission Data Summary

230425 PA Admission Data

Veteran Applicant Data Summary

UAB Physician Assistant Studies Program Veteran Applicant Data Summary

Summary of Patient Care and Shadowing Hours

UAB Physician Assistant Studies Program Admission Data Summary

Self-Identified Race and Ethnicity Data Summary

UAB Physician Assistant Studies Program Veteran Applicant Data Summary

Additional Information

In order to ensure patients receive the best medical care possible, faculty of the program have 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

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