PA Future Admission Changes
PA Admissions Changes for 2020-2021 Application Cycle
Admission requirement changes for new applicants regarding spring, summer, and fall 2020 courses
1) In response to local and national guidelines regarding COVID-19, the Department of Physicians Assistant Studies will accept PASS/FAIL grades and online coursework completed during the Spring, Summer, and Fall semesters of 2020 toward prerequisite coursework for the admissions cycle matriculating in May 2021.
2) Pass(P)/Fail(F) grades for 2020 spring, summer, and fall semester courses will not be included when calculating overall and science grade point averages (GPAs).
These admission modifications will only extend to new applicants applying for enrollment in spring/summer/fall 2021.
The following represent all required courses and activities:
|Must pass all prerequisites with C or better||Yes|
|GRE||Yes (no minimum)|
Other Mandatory Requirements
|Three letters of recommendation/reference letters|
Suggestions for Overall CASPA Submission Improvement
The following are application enhancing and are not required. Additionally, completion of these recommendations, in any grouping or sequence, does not guarantee selection into a UT Systems PA program.
|Clinical hours (hands-on patient contact)|
|Shadow hours (PA, MD, DO, and NP)|
|Completion of Basic Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support courses|
|Completion of GRE within five years of the matriculation date|
|Achieving a 3.0 or better in all prerequisites coursework|
|* all required courses MUST BE completed within ten years of class matriculation|
|** If a combined Human Anatomy & Physiology course is taken, applicants must complete both Anatomy & Physiology I and Anatomy & Physiology II with the appropriate laboratories|
|ß All required sciences classes must be for sciences majors and include a laboratory component|
|*** Psychology – Introductory, General, Abnormal or Developmental|
Important: There are admission requirements that are a site or program-specific. These include, but are not limited to, acceptance of CLEP or AP courses, course exceptions or waivers, tuition deposit, application deadline requirements, interview scheduling, and application review. Identifying and complying with program-specific application requirements are the sole responsibility of the applicant. No online coursework can be used to fulfill prerequisite courses.
All decisions to review applications, make course equivalency determinations, or interview applicants are determined by the program; therefore, similar or equivalent admission procedures or decisions across all UT System PA Schools are not implied or guaranteed.
All applicants will be required to complete the CASPer® U.S. Professional Health Sciences test, a situational judgment test, and general screening for personal/professional characteristics. Please visit the CASPer® website for details.
CASPer will require a CASPA ID number to register for a testing date. You will need to initiate a CASPA application so that you will have an ID number to use for registration. CASPA application cycle will open in Mid to late April of 2021.
NOTE: Reporting of scores to UT Health San Antonio will take 3 weeks. The earlier you complete CASPer®, the better. As noted on CASPA, we will not review applications until the CASPer score is reported to us. Please choose a testing date that allows for at least 3 weeks of review time prior to the Sept 1 CASPA application deadline.