Physician Assistant Studies Admissions Requirements | Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

PA Admissions Information

The PA program begins in late May of each year. Please visit SHP Application 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. 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 the CASPA Application and and the TTUHSC online application.  The CASPA Application must be completed before completing the TTUHSC SHP online application.

  2. Application Fee

    The $75.00 application fee may be paid by credit card through the TTUHSC SHP online application. 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.

    Prerequisite courses
    Courses Credit Hours
     Genetics  3 hours
     Microbiology  4 hours
     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
    + Human preferred, * see FAQ's page for additional information.

  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.

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

Technical Standards

A student admitted into the TTUHSC Physician Assistant Program must meet basic and essential requirements that are necessary for obtaining employment and performing as a Physician Assistant. The following link will provide an overview of what those requirements are.

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. In accordance with the mission and goals of the PA Program, special consideration may be given to the following applicants: Residents from the 108 counties in the service area of TTUHSC; Veterans; Residents from underserved populations; or Residents from economically or environmentally disadvantaged backgrounds.

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.

The TTUHSC School of Health Professions is pleased to partner with other colleges and universities to streamline the application process to our healthcare degree programs, including the PA program. For additional information, please see our Partner Institutions website.


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 Application
  2. Online TTUHSC SHP Application
  3. Application Fee
  4. Official GRE Scores
  5. Letters of Recommendation (3 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