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You are encouraged to meet with a pre-health advisor at least once a semester to discuss options for careers in medicine, opportunities to gain relevant experience, discussing the best time to apply, preparation for the MCAT, the AMCAS application, and much more. For more information, schedule an appointment with your advisor.
According to the AAPA, many PA programs will require prior experience with hands-on patient care. Most student entering a PA program will have about three years of healthcare experience. In Arizona, Northern Arizona University requires a minimum of 500 hours of direct patient care, A.T Still University strongly encourages that applicants obtain patient care experience, and Midwestern University does not have a specific number of direct patient care hours, but does strongly encourage clinical experience.
Prior to January
Calculate your science and overall GPA to determine your competitiveness. Begin to study for the GRE.
Begin collecting letters of recommendation.
Take the GRE no later than April. The CASPA application will open for submissions in late April.
Schools will start receiving applications.
PA programs may have additional requirements such as supplemental applications as well have different deadlines. It is important that you are aware of program specific deadlines and requirements.
Deadline to submit CASPA.
Review of personal statement offered by Pre-Health Office.
Identify people who know you well and can firmly comment on your ability as a student and future physician assistant. You must submit at least 3 evaluators in CASPA. CASPA will only allow up to five evaluators to be submitted. Evaluators have to complete their evaluation through CASPA. Ask in advance and give your letter writers sufficient time to complete and submit. Also, remember to stay in touch with letter writers who you may also ask in the future!
Schedule mock interview with Pre-Health Office your senior year