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’s B/PA program will receive strong merit scholarship consideration to assist with their UE bachelor’s degree and provisional admission to the University of Evansville Physician Assistant (PA) Program. 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.
In order to receive the scholarship for the B/PA program, students must reside in on-campus housing for the first two years.
High school seniors who wish to be considered for the B/PA Program must meet the following requirements:
- Submit an application and PA essay to the University by November 1.
- Have a weighted high school GPA of 3.8 or higher.
- Score 27 or higher on the ACT or 1280 or higher on the SAT-R.
- Attend Direct Entry Day and complete an interview.
Candidates will be ranked for a provisional B-PA seat utilizing weighted high school GPA, standardized test score, 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.
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.
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.
Take the GRE and obtain a score equal to the median average of the overall graduate transfer applicants (Pathway 2) who have been invited to interview for the UE PA Program. This currently is 307 (combined verbal and quantitative).
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.
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
assistance with preparing for the MCAT or GRE
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