Physician Assistant Studies and Services

  • Student Selection

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    Individuals must have completed the majority of the science course requirements and have GRE/MCAT scores prior to the application deadline of November 1st. Candidates who will be earning their baccalaureate degree before the class begins in August are eligible to apply.

    Under present College of Medicine regulations, applications will only be accepted from U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

    Applicants must apply through the centralized application process (CASPA). Applications are reviewed, and those applicants considered most competitive will be invited to visit Iowa City for a personal interview. Interviews will be conducted from September through December. All applicants will be notified before March 1 about their admission status.

    Selection of interviewed candidates by the Admissions Committee is based on several criteria including academic achievement (particularly in the sciences), type and extent of health related and/or research experience, 3 letters of recommendation (1 must be an academic and 1 must be a healthcare supervisor), GRE/MCAT scores, and the candidate's personal narrative and interview evaluation. These admission factors are applied to the selection process.

    Physician Assistant Admission Factors

    PA Admission Factor Chart

    Admitted Applicant Profile 

    For the class admitted in 2014, the successful applicant averaged a cumulative GPA of 3.69 on 145 semester hours of college credit, a science GPA of 3.67 on 79 semester hours, an average of 2,193 hours of health care and 567 hours of research experience, and the following GRE scores: verbal = 157, quantitative = 157, and written (analytical) = 4.1. The class average age was 25 years.