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Admissions Information

Thank you for your interest in the TTUHSC PA program. Applications for admission are accepted April 16 through December 1 through the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistant Programs (CASPA). CASPA is the main application to the program. In addition, a secondary application is also required. Please read the instructions for completing the PA Supplemental Application very carefully.
The following required materials must be submitted in order to be considered for admission:

  1. Verified CASPA application including 3 letters of recommendation
  2. TTUHSC PA Program Supplemental Application
  3. Official GRE Scores - must be submitted to Code 3652.  Please note: GRE scores are only accepted through this code.

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

For any admissions inquiries, please contact Office of Admissions and Student Affairs at (806) 743-3220 or at allied.health@ttuhsc.edu.

The Admissions Process

Admission to the TTUHSC PA program is very competitive. Each applicant is evaluated on their individual candidacy. Decisions are based on a combination of a number of factors including the strength of the academic records, personal references, written personal statement, previous experience, an on-campus interview, and a number of personal, non-cognitive traits. Successful applicants demonstrate academic excellence; have made a significant effort to learn what a PA is and what a PA can do through extensive PA shadowing; have medical work experience (additional points awarded for higher level of care, i.e. RN versus ER scribe); and demonstrate significant service to their community.

Early submission of application materials is highly encouraged. Applications will be reviewed in the order received and may receive priority in scheduling interviews. On-campus interviews will be offered to the most qualified applicants. Seats are offered on a rolling-admission basis. Some applicants will be notified of their acceptance within a week of their interview and others will be notified of their acceptance or non-selection after all interviews have taken place.

Prerequisites And Qualifications

A minimum 3.2 grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale is required on the cumulative GPA, on the science prerequisite GPA, and overall prerequisites GPA. There is no advanced placement, transfer of credit or experiential learning credit within the TTUHSC PA Program.

The following prerequisite and admission requirement changes apply for all students applying for admissions 2015 and beyond.

  • Baccalaureate Degree (completed prior to matriculation)
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.2 overall; 3.2 in science prerequisites; and 3.2 in overall prerequisites
  • GRE
  • Minimum of 40 hours PA shadowing is required with 20 hours preferred in primary care/family medicine setting
  • Minimum of 40 hours community service
  • All required prerequisites courses with required science courses completed within the previous 7 years.

Prerequisite Courses

 

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

For any questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Admissions and Student Affairs at (806) 743-3220 or at allied.health@ttuhsc.edu

CASPA

Please send all application materials through CASPA. Applicants should apply as early as possible to be sure that TTUHSC receives the application in time for review.  Applicants must complete the secondary TTUHSC PA Supplemental Application as well as the CASPA application. The deadline to submit the Supplemental application is December 1st, 2014.  The CASPA application is accessed from CASPA's website. https://portal.caspaonline.org. Send updated summer and fall transcripts directly to us at:

TTUHSC School of Allied Health Sciences
3601 4th Street, STOP 6294
Lubbock, TX 79430

TTUHSC PA Supplemental Application

The TTUHSC Supplemental Application must be filled out along with the CASPA Application. The deadline to submit the Supplemental application is December 1st, 2014. Read the Instructions for Completing the PA Supplemental Application. Then use the following link to fill out the Secondary TTUHSC PA Supplemental Application: TTUHSC Online Merlin Application.

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 technical standards each student must master include cognitive, physical and behavioral characteristics that are identified in the following:

  1. Must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently in the written and verbal forms of English with supervising or consulting physicians, program professors, colleagues, instructors, patients and other members of the health care team.
  2. Must possess physical and motor skills for use in areas such as auscultation, palpation, percussion, medical procedures (i.e., suturing, venipuncture, intravenous therapy, thoracentesis, endotracheal intubation, etc.) and other diagnostic maneuvers.
  3. Must possess and appropriately utilize sensory skills in areas such as viewing demonstrations, obtaining a medical history directly from a patient, observing a patient's medical condition and non-verbal behavior.
  4. Must have intellectual, conceptual, integrative and quantitative abilities necessary for problem solving and diagnosis.
  5. Must be able to conduct activities that have an appropriate behavioral and social context to include expressing professional responsibility and compassion to patients, managing typical daily workloads and working in an environment that is subject to rapid change.
  6. Must have ethical and professional attitudes that are reflected in appropriate professional conduct.

Accommodations and Disabilities

It is the policy of the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Allied Health to conduct educational programs in a place and manner accessible to individuals with disabilities and to make reasonable modifications and accommodations necessary to achieve this purpose. Persons with disabilities in need of special assistance should notify the course instructor or contact the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center Office of Student Services at (806) 743-2300 for information and assistance.

Computer Requirement

Students are required to own or have access to a laptop computer. Below are the general recommendations from the SOAHS IT Department:

Processor: 2.0 GHz or greater
Operating System: Windows 7 or later; Mac OSX10.6 or higher
Memory (RAM): 4 GB RAM or greater
Storage: 120 GB hard drive or greater
Network: Built-in LAN and 802.11n Wi-Fi
Optical Drive: DVD+/-RW optical drive (optional)

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