Admission Requirements

Application and Prerequisite Courses

The Physician Assistant Program at The University of Iowa is a non-thesis, 28-month graduate level program awarding the Master of Physician Assistant Studies (M.P.A.S.) degree upon completion. One class of 25 students is enrolled in August each year. Applications are accepted starting in April (date established by CASPA) with a deadline for completed application on October 1st. All application materials including official GRE/MCAT scores, 3 recommendations, and college transcripts must be received by CASPA by our October 1st deadline. Under present Carver College of Medicine regulations, applications will only be accepted from U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Admission Requirements for the M.P.A.S. program:

  1. Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution in the United States.

  2. Introductory and advanced (upper division) level courses. (Starting with the 2018-19 CASPA cycle for our Class of 2019-2021 the Biochemistry course requirement must be completed at the time of application submission.)

  3. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale.

  4. Minimum cumulative Science GPA of 3.20 on a 4.00 scale or attain a Science GPA of 3.20 on a 4.00 scale on the most recently completed 40 semester hours of Biological and Chemical Science coursework (A = 4.00).

  5. Minimum test score at the 25th percentile or higher on each section (Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing) of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test taken within the last 10 years. MCAT taken within the last 10 years can be submitted in place of the GRE. Official scores from ETS for the GRE must be received  in order for your application to be reviewed. If you choose to submit a MCAT score, you will need to provide a copy of your score report from the AAMC website directly to our program.

  6. Minimum of 1,000 hours of direct patient health care experience by December 31st prior to the year of matriculation. (Direct patient health care experience hours are determined by the program.)

  7. 3 Recommendation Letters (1 must be from a collegiate academic reference with whom you took a course or did research under and 1 must be from a health care experience supervisor.  Health care providers that supervised during a shadowing experience does not meet this requirement.  It must be from a supervisor during your direct patient health care experience.)

  8. In addition, all applicants must be able to meet the program's technical standards.

  9. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), taken within the last 2 years, is required of all applicants for whom English is not their native language. We may waive the TOEFL requirement for applicants with Masters or Doctoral degrees from an accredited US institution. To review your application, we must receive official scores from ETS for the TOEFL. Only the IBT (Internet Based Test) form of the TOEFL will be accepted. We require a total score of 93 and a speaking score of 26 for entry into our program.

Request Information/Application(s)

Application for the class beginning August 2019 should be made through the Central Application System for Physician Assistants (CASPA). Please visit the CASPA Web site for more information. All materials for application need to be received by CASPA by our October 1st deadline. Official GRE scores, as well as official TOEFL scores, should be sent to CASPA using our CASPA GRE Code, "0466 U Iowa Phys Asst CASPA". Official MCAT scores should be sent directly to The University of Iowa PA Program by sending a printable score report.