Baccalaureate to Physician Assistant (B/PA) Program (Pathway 1)

Admission to the University of Evansville's B/PA program is highly competitive with no more than twenty students accepted into the program annually. Students accepted into the University of Evansville will receive strong academic merit scholarship consideration to assist with their UE bachelor's degree. Upon successful completion of a baccalaureate degree at the University of Evansville, and meeting all B/PA program requirements, students will matriculate directly into the University of Evansville PA Program.

Admission Criteria

High school seniors who wish to be considered for the B/PA Program must meet the following requirements:

  1. Submit an application to the University of Evansville by November 1. Additionally, a student will also submit an essay describing what they have done to understand the role of the physician assistant and why they feel this is their career path.
  2. Have a weighted high school GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  3. Score 25 or higher on the ACT or 1200 or higher on the SAT.
  4. Attend Direct Entry Day (scheduled for Friday, December 1, 2023, in person at the Stone Family Center for Health Sciences) and complete an interview with the University of Evansville Physician Assistant faculty/staff.

Candidates will be ranked for a provisional B/PA seat utilizing weighted high school GPA, standardized test score, PA essay, and their interview.

We strongly recommend that all prospective applicants acquire knowledge of the PA profession through independent exploration and observations prior to submitting your direct entry application.

All deadlines and requirements are firm.

Program Requirements

Once admitted to the UE B/PA program, to maintain eligibility and claim (secure) the provisional seat reserved in the PA Program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • A minimum cumulative semester GPA of 3.0/4.0 is required at the end of the freshman year (~first 31 undergraduate hours). A minimum cumulative semester GPA of 3.5/4.0 is required at the end of each subsequent semester until the Baccalaureate degree is completed.

  • A minimum overall GPA of 3.0 on UE PA Program prerequisite courses upon completion of undergraduate degree from University of Evansville

  • Completion of all requirements for the University of Evansville undergraduate degree with a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher at time of application and at graduation.

  • Completion of all prerequisite courses established by the UE PA Program.

  • Completion of the CASPA application.

  • Completion of a criminal background check. Criminal background checks are required each year for physician assistant students.

Students not meeting the above requirements will not be allowed to matriculate directly into the University of Evansville PA Program, but they may seek admission through the traditional graduate admission pathway (Pathway 2). Requirements are subject to change.


  • All prerequisite science courses must be designed for science majors. Other courses will not be accepted.

  • Pass/Fail grades will not be accepted for prerequisite courses. The UEPA Program will only accept letter grades for our listed prerequisite courses.

  • Once established as a UE student, up to three courses (maximum 10 credit hours) may be completed at other institutions as long as the courses are approved by the Office of the Registrar.

  • You must complete a bachelor's degree, and submit your final academic transcript, prior to formally entering the UE PA program.

  • Students who do not meet the above listed criteria to maintain their B/PA position will lose/forfeit their reserved seat, and may elect to apply through Pathway 2.

Independent Acceleration for B/PA Students

Students within the B/PA Program may independently accelerate to a December graduation (3.5 years from entering the University) and apply via Pathway 2. B/PA students who do not gain admission to the PA Program through Pathway 2 may continue on Pathway 1 and enter the PA Program with their original cohort with no penalty as long as they meet the B/PA requirements for entry into the program.

Why the UE B/PA Program?

The purpose of the University of Evansville B/PA program is to increase the number of physician assistants in southwestern and southern Indiana. The UE B/PA program is committed to providing students with a quality education that prepares students for a career in medicine. Students in the program enjoy an array of benefits including:

  • an automatic provisional seat within the University of Evansville Physician Assistant Program

  • a quality undergraduate career, rooted in the liberal arts and sciences

  • critical academic and career advising

  • relationship building among the UE B/PA cohort

  • medical enrichment experiences designed to acquaint students with clinical and community service opportunities during the undergraduate experience

  • opportunities to perform undergraduate research

International Applicants

International high school applicants who wish to be considered for B/PA admission to the University of Evansville Physician Assistant (PA) Program must complete the following steps/items to be considered eligible for application.

  • Submit an application to the University by November 1, indicating the PA Program as your intended pre-professional track and complete the corresponding PA essay question
  • Meet one of the following standardized test scores:
    • ACT score of 25 or higher
    • Composite score of 1200 or higher on the SAT
    • Scores must be received directly from the reporting agency
  • Official TOEFL (minimum 79/80 IBT) or IELTS report (minimum 6.5) received directly from the reporting agency
  • Official copies of all certificates, diplomas, and transcripts (including professional English translation)
  • Letter of recommendation from a principal, teacher, or person familiar with your academic performance
  • A copy of your passport (photo page) and copies of the I-20 visa if previously issued

For international applicants who possess an undergraduate degree, The University of Evansville Physician Assistant Program is not yet approved to issue the Certificate of Eligibility Form I-20 for F-1 student visas.

The University makes final decisions regarding admission to the Physician Assistant Program admission.

Criteria are subject to change.