Application Process FAQ - Physician Assistant Studies
What are the steps to apply to the Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program at UT Health San Antonio?
The MPAS program requires two separate applications:
- The first step is to complete the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) online application and submit all documents, materials, and requirements.
- The second step is to complete the Physician Assistant Studie Supplemental Application and load the document onto your CASPA online application. The final step is to submit your payment of the $60.00 non-refundable supplemental application fee via the online portal Cashnet.
All applications, materials, documents, and payments must be completed by the October 1 deadline. No exceptions. For full instructions, please see the application and admissions requirements and the CASPA instructions.
When does the application cycle open and close?
The application period opens in April and closes on October. Please review CASPA’s website for full deadline details.
We encourage all applicants to plan accordingly and APPLY EARLY in the application cycle but to ensure a quality application review the CASPA’s “Before Applying” section for instructions on the CASPA website.
Where do I send my application materials?
Send ALL application materials, including transcripts, to CASPA. Please see the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio Admissions Requirement Checklist for full instructions.
What is included in the supplemental application?
The supplemental application and full instructions can be found at Physician Assistant Studies (PAS) Supplemental Application.
A Petition for Course Review should be sent with this application ONLY if needed. Even if you are petitioning a course, you do not send your transcripts to the registrar.
Where else can I get tips on applying?
We hold Open House Workshops typically from February-June. Questions will be answered at these workshops and tips on how to apply and strengthen your application will be shared. To attend a workshop, you must RSVP in advance. The event is free and recommended for prospective applicants who are within two years applying.
Please note that the Physician Assistant Studies Department does an annual review of the required admission requirements. Be sure to check our website for updated requirements information and plan accordingly for the application cycle which you anticipate applying for. We recommend annual attendance to the Open House Workshop event in case there are changes in the application process from year to year.
How many applications are received and how competitive is acceptance?
UT Health Science Center at San Antonio receives a large volume of completed applications annually. Total numbers of applications varies per year. Applicants are welcome regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, veteran status, or disability.
How can I ensure a successful application submission?
Please plan early and accordingly for the CASPA and UT Health Science Center San Antonio listed application deadlines and document submissions.
It is recommended that students apply and finalize their CASPA application before they submit their MPAS Supplemental Application and online supplemental application fee.
Please ensure enough delivery time for any mailed items before the deadline. Account for non-business days, holidays, make sure you have the correct address for mailing transcripts to CASPA.
Do you interview candidates for your program and what is the format?
Yes. A multiple mini-interview is conducted for the most competitive applicants to the MPAS program. Typically about 140 invited students are interviewed each year. Interview dates typically take place October through January. The class size is anticipated to be 45 students.
If I am reapplying, what do I need to do?
Students will be required to send in all new materials, transcripts, CASPA application, supplemental application, etc. Records of past applicants are not kept on file at UT Health Science Center at San Antonio.
If I have a question about the application process, who should I contact?
The first step for advice about the application process is the School of Health Professions Admissions Office at 210-567-6220; Toll-free 1-866-802-6288; Fax 210-567-6230; or email at SHPwelcome@uthscsa.edu. We also offer Open House Workshops where prospective students can come to campus to learn more about the program and application requirements.