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  • Admission requirements

    Application Deadline:  August 1, 2014 for Summer 2015 start

    The PA program requires applicants complete the following requirements prior to matriculating in the PA program.  The program neither requires, nor recommends, majoring in one particular major or subject area.  Comparable courses from other regionally accredited institutions are acceptable.

    The following are required of all applicants: 

    • CASPA Application:
      The program participates in the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA).  The CASPA application must be completed by the program's August 1 application deadline.  To learn more about CASPA please visit -  CASPA
    • Supplemental Application:
      The program also requires submission of a Supplemental Application.  Please submit the completed hard copy of the application, and a $50 application fee, to the mailing address indicated on the application.  The downloadable PDF file was available through the program's August 1 application deadline.
    • Degree:
      All students must earn a Bachelor's degree prior to entering the PA Program.  The degree must be completed prior to matriculating in our program, therefore, individuals may apply while finishing their degree.
    • Prerequisite Coursework:
      All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to beginning the program.  Students may apply with outstanding prereq courses so long as they demonstrate a plan to complete those courses before matriculating in our program.  For further information on prerequisite course requirements please visit -  Prerequisite Coursework
    • Grade Point Average (GPA):
      A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00, calculated on a 4-point scale by CASPA, is required of all applicants.  A minimum science GPA (as defined by CASPA) of 3.00 is also required.  Applicants not meeting the stated 3.00 GPA requirement will be ineligible for admission and removed from consideration.  For further information regarding the GPA requirement please visit -  Grade Point Average (GPA)
    • Graduate Review Exam (GRE):
      Submission of Graduate Review Exam (GRE) scores directly from ETS is required of all applicants.  No minimum score is required.  For further information regarding the GRE requirement please visit -  Graduate Review Exam (GRE)
    • Healthcare Experience:
      Prior direct patient healthcare experience is expected, however, not required.  As previous healthcare experience is not required the program does not require a minimum hour total.  For further information on the Healthcare Experience requirement please visit -  Healthcare Experience
    • Technical Standards:A candidate for the PA profession and this program must have abilities and skills of five varieties including observation, communication, motor, conceptual, integrative and quantitative, and behavioral and social.  For further information please visit - Technical Standards

    April 18

    CASPA portal opens.  Applicants may create an account and begin their application.   CASPA also begins accepting materials such as, official transcripts and references.  To learn more about creating a CASPA account and beginning the application process please visit CASPA

    May 1

    PA Program activates Supplemental Application link and begins accepting applications. 

    August 1

    Application deadline .  The program requires a "complete" CASPA application.  A "complete" application means the CASPA application has been e-submitted and all required documents (transcripts, references, etc.) have been received by CASPA.  The Supplemental Application must be submitted to UW-L.  CASPA stops accepting materials and the program deactivates the Supplemental Application link.  International applicants must also submit all required additional documents (i.e. TOEFL, foreign credential evaluation).  Those failing to meet the deadline will not be considered for an interview. 

    Mid to Late August

    Interview candidates selected and notified immediately via email. 

    September 19

    On campus interviews; first of two dates.  In order to gain admittance applicants must participate in the on campus interview.  Interview dates and times are assigned and no changes will be permitted.  Alternate dates and times will not be offered under any circumstances.  Interviews via telephone or internet will not be permitted. 

    October 3

    On campus interviews; second of two dates.  In order to gain admittance applicants must participate in the on campus interview.  Interview dates and times are assigned and no changes will be permitted.  Alternate dates and times will not be offered under any circumstances.  Interviews via telephone or internet will not be permitted. 

    Mid November

    Candidates interviewed in September and October are notified of their admission status.

    Late May

    Students begin courses.

    The program's application process includes both a CASPA application and a required Supplemental Application. The rigor, intensity of this program, and the skills and responsibility necessary for practice as a physician assistant require the program to seek applicants with a strong academic background, along with refined interpersonal skills and maturity.  Prior healthcare experience is also an indicator of a career commitment to clinical practice.  The program's admission process will consider each applicant's strengths and select for admission those applicants best qualified to meet the program's mission.

    To be considered for an interview all references, transcripts and GRE scores must be received by CASPA by August 1.  The Supplemental Application must be submitted to UW-L by August 1 as well.  CASPA stops accepting materials after the deadline and the program deactivates the Supplemental Application link.


    Factors considered in the interview selection include the following:

    • Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA), as calculated by CASPA
    • Science GPA, as calculated by CASPA
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores.

    The final admission selection process includes the following:

    • Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) as calculated by CASPA 
    • Science GPA as calculated by CASPA 
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Scores 
    • Written application including references 
    • Background predictive of potential for future practice in the service areas of the program's partner institutions 
    • Knowledge of the PA profession and the profession's role in the healthcare system 
    • Interpersonal Skills 
    • Quality and extent of healthcare related experience.
    Strong GPA and GRE scores are necessary to gain an interview, and ultimately admission.  To learn more please visit - Admissions Data.

     

    Any offer of admission will be contingent on acceptance of the candidate by the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Office of Admissions, and successful completion of all degrees and current coursework, including prerequisites. 

    Transfer Credits:

    Transfer credits from other PA programs are not accepted.  Due to the tight sequencing and integration of the curriculum we do not accept didactic or clinical credits from other institutions.  All students, regardless of their prior background and education, must complete the entire PA curriculum at UW-L.

    We do not routinely accept transfer students from medical schools.  If a medical student would like to attend our program they need to apply just like all of other students, through CASPA, as well as submit our supplemental application and GRE results.  We do not accept MCAT scores as a substitute for GRE results.  These individuals need to provide a rationale and justification for their admission.   The program does not grant advanced placement to any student, regardless of their background.  If accepted, these students are required to complete the entire curriculum, regardless of background and experience.


    Advanced Placement:

    The program does not grant advanced placement to any student.  If accepted, these students are required to complete the entire curriculum, regardless of background, education and experience.

    For international applicants the program has several additional admission requirements.  International applicants are those who have completed more than one semester of their post-secondary education outside the United States, those for whom English is their second language, or those who are not US citizens.  The program requires the following of international applicants: 

    • A course-by-course transcript evaluation by an identified transcript evaluation service.  To learn more about transcript evaluation please visit Transcript Evaluation
    • Fluency is written and spoken English via TOEFL/TSE examination results.  To learn more about English competency please visit TOEFL Results
    • Applicants must be either, citizens of the United States, hold a permanent US immigrant visa (green card), or other visa status appropriate for education.  To learn more please visit Citizenship and Visas

    Additional information for International Medical Graduates (IMG's) is available at IMG Information