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Physician Assistant

PA Admissions Information

The PA program begins in late May of each year. Please visit the following link for deadline information: An applicant's CASPA application must be verified and all other requirements must be received by the deadline. Priority in application review and invitation for interview will be given to those applicants who have verified CASPA, the supplemental application complete, and official GRE scores reported by August 1, 2017. Applications after this date will be reviewed in order of receipt until all interview invitations are filled.

Admissions Requirements

1. Online Application

Applicants for the PA program must complete both a CASPA Application and supplemental Merlin Application.  The CASPA Application can be accessed through the following link: Your CASPA application must be verified by the above date.

The Merlin Application can be accessed through the following link: Please make sure that all information on your application is correct before selecting "Submit." Once you submit the General Information section of the application you cannot edit any information. If a change needs to be made, please email

2. Application Fee

The Merlin Application Fee of $40 can be paid through the online application by credit card. You may also pay by check or money order by selecting the "Money Order" option; mail a check or money order to the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs (3601 4th Street MS 6294, Lubbock, TX 79430). Please make checks and money orders payable to "TTUHSC." Your application will not be considered for admission until your fee has been paid.

3. Official Transcripts

All official transcripts need to be submitted to CASPA. You will only need to send updated transcripts to our office. Transcripts must be in a sealed envelope from the institution and must have been printed within the last year. Please send all updated, official transcripts to the following address:

TTUHSC SHP Admissions and Student Affairs
3601 4th Street MS 6294
Lubbock, TX 79430
4. Official GRE Scores

Official GRE scores are required for admission. GRE Scores must be sent to CASPA, not to TTUHSC.  The SHP GRE submission code is 3652. If your GRE scores are more than 5 years old, they are not considered valid.
5. Bachelor's Degree

A Bachelor's Degree is required for admission in addition to the specific prerequisite courses listed in Section 7.
6. Minimum GPA

A minimum cumulative GPA and science GPA of a 3.0 as calculated by CASPA is required; this includes all courses taken at every institution attended. Applicants who do not meet minimum GPA requirements, will not be sent to the admissions committee.

7. Prerequisite Coursework

All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to matriculation. Applicants who have completed all or most of their prerequisite coursework at the time of application may be at an advantage during the admissions process.  AP and CLEP credit will not be accepted for any science prerequisite courses. No more than 9 hours of prerequisite courses may be in progress at the time of application. Prerequisite courses must be taken at a regionally accredited US or Canadian college or university. Transfer credit from a school outside of the US or Canada will not be accepted. Prerequisite courses completed within the last 7 years are preferred.

Genetics 3 hours
Microbiology 4 hours
Human Anatomy and Physiology 8 hours
Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry 4 hours
Psychology 3 hours
Statistics 3 hours

All sciences courses must be intended for science majors

8. Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required for an application to be complete. Letters of recommendation are submitted online through the CASPA Application.

9. International Applicants

All foreign coursework must be evaluated by a Foreign Credential Service. We also require TOEFL/IELTS Scores for any applicant for whom English is their second language (scores are considered on a case by case basis). Please refer to our International Applicants webpage for more information and TOEFL/IELTS exemptions: licants.aspx.

Our Physician Assistant program is not approved to admit F-1 visa students at this time.

Application Process

Applications are considered on a rolling basis for acceptance into the professional program. Individual applications are reviewed once materials have been received; therefore, it is in the applicant's best interest to complete their application, including submission of required documentation, as early as possible. Fulfillment of the basic requirements does not guarantee admission.

The selection process for the TTUHSC PA Program is highly competitive. Applicants must meet the minimum prerequisite requirements. Many factors are considered in admissions decisions and acceptance is offered to candidates that appear to be most highly qualified to meet the mission and goals of the PA program including previous achievement and academic potential, character, motivation and understanding of the profession, and life experience. Invitations to interview at the TTUHSC PA Program in Midland are extended to the most competitive applicants. Completion of prerequisite coursework, strength of the academic record, essays, letters of recommendation and interviews are all strongly considered in the admissions process.


Admission interviews are granted by the PA admissions committee by invitation only. Applicants are selected for interviews based on a holistic evaluation of their application and supporting documents.

Application Submission Checklist

1. Online CASPA
2. Online Merlin Application
3. Application Fee
4. Official GRE Scores
5. Letters of Recommendation - Three required


Contact Information

Questions regarding the application process should be directed to the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs. Please contact our office by phone at 806-743-3220 or email at