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PA Admissions Information

The PA program begins in late May of each year. The application for the 2015 admissions cycle will open April 1, 2014. The deadline for the receipt of the application, supporting documentation, and application fee is December 1, 2014.

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: https://portal.caspaonline.org/

The Merlin Application can be accessed through the following link: https://www.ttuhsc.edu/merlin/. 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 allied.health@ttuhsc.edu.

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 SOAHS 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 SOAHS 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 9.
 
6. Minimum GPA

A minimum cumulative GPA of a 3.2 is required; this includes all courses taken at every institution attended. A minimum science prerequisite GPA of a 3.2 is also required. Applicants who do not meet minimum GPA requirements, will not be sent to the admissions committee.

7. Observation Experience

Applicants must have completed a minimum of 40 observation hours with a PA at the time of application with 20 hours preferred in primary care/family medicine setting. You will list your PA observation hours in your CASPA application. There is not a specific, printable form to submit; we suggest tracking your hours on a personal spreadsheet.

8. Community Service

A minimum of 40 hours of community service is required at the time of application.

9. 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. All science prerequisites must have been taken within the last 7 years.

Biology 8 hours
Genetics 3-4 hours
Microbiology 4 hours
Human Anatomy and Physiology 8 hours
Chemistry 8 hours
Organic Chemistry 8 hours
Medical Terminology 2-3 hours
Anthropology/Psychology/Sociology/Human Development and related courses 9 hours
Human Nutrition 3 hours

10. Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required for an application to be complete and at least one letter must be submitted from a PA. Letters of recommendation are submitted online through the CASPA Application.

11. 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: http://www.ttuhsc.edu/sah/prospective/international_app 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.

Applicants who meet the above listed requirements and are deemed competitive candidates for admission will be invited to TTUHSC for an interview. The admissions committee selects the most qualified applicants for admission by considering the following: cumulative GPA, prerequisite science GPA, GRE Scores, interview scores, volunteer/shadowing experience with a physician assistant, recommendation letters, student essay, and other factors.

Interviews

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
6. Observation Experience
7. Volunteer Hours

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 allied.health@ttuhsc.edu.

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