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Admissions Requirements

To be eligible for consideration for admission, applicants must fulfill the requirements listed below. Application and admission into the PA Program is very competitive: meeting the minimum requirements does NOT assure an interview for admission to the Master of Medical Science Physician Assistant (MMS-PA) program.

  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university at least by August 31st of the year prior to matriculation
  • Minimum overall and science CASPA GPA 3.0
  • Completion of all pre-requisites prior to application
  • UTHSC PA Program does not require an applicant to take the GRE. We are no longer accepting GRE scores.
  • Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we recognize that some applicants will not be able to obtain direct care experience or shadowing hours. We are waiving our minimum requirement for shadowing or direct care experience. We will give preference to those applicants that have a history of direct care experience.
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Information and Deadlines

  • The MMS-PA Program utilizes the Centralized Admissions for Physician Assistants (CASPA) service
  • The MMS-PA Program participates in a holistic admissions process and accepts one cohort per year.
  • A telephone or personal interview is granted to an applicant by invitation only.
  • Our admission window will open on April 29, 2021 and will close on August 31, 2021.
  • We will only review applicants whose CASPA application is VERIFIED by August 31, 2021. 
  • Applicants who are invited to interview will be notified on September 10, 2021.
  • Interview dates will begin in mid-September 2021. 

Admissions Policy

UTHSC's Physician Assistant Program evaluates applications using a holistic process. Strong applications show evidence of academic potential, knowledge of the health care system, motivation, personal maturity, self-assurance, and good interpersonal skills. Other factors used may include Tennessee residency, UT alumni, military experience, under-represented minority status and a willingness to provide care to the underserved. The committee may give consideration when granting an interview to an applicant with a strong history of co-curricular activities, health care experience, military experience, applicants from groups currently underrepresented in the PA profession, non-traditional students, and those who represent the first in their family to pursue higher education.

Deferment Policy

If you are accepted for admission, you may be able to defer program enrollment for one (1) year, with a guaranteed position in the program for the next academic year. You must provide an acceptable reason to the Program such as: inability to pay, medical concerns, military obligation, personal and/or family obligations. To be considered for a deferment you must submit, in writing, a formal request to the Department Chair on of before October 15 of the application year.

Deferment decisions will be made on a case by case basis and the applicant will be notified within one week of request.

If the deferment is granted, then a seat will be held in the next cohort. The tuition deposit will not be refunded. All requirements for admission into the next cohort must be met (tuition deposit, current background check, current immunizations, etc.)

Accreditation Status

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the University of Tennessee Health Science Center Physician Assistant Program sponsored by University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards. 

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be March 2027. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

May 26, 2022