Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the Program’s ARC-PA accreditation status?
The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation - Provisional status to the University of Evansville Physician Assistant Program sponsored by the University of Evansville.
Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.
Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.
The University of Evansville is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. In addition, all of the University of Evansville's existing health and education professional programs for which specialty accreditation exists are accredited by the appropriate specialized accreditation body. Those agencies are the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation, and the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education.
- How successful is UE in achieving its goals?
Please visit the Goals web page for detailed information.
- What are the first time PANCE rates for the five most recent UE graduating PA classes?
The University of Evansville has not graduated a class yet, thus these data are not yet available. However, the National first-time pass rates for graduation year are:
May 2016 – 96%
May 2014 – 95%
May 2013 – 94%
May 2012 – 93%
May 2011 – 91%
May 2010 – 94%
- What are all the required curricular components?
The curriculum is designed to prepare students to provide patient-centered care and work within an interprofessional team environment. The curriculum builds a strong base in health information, evidence-based medicine and emphasizes the importance of life-long learning.
The curriculum is built on the mission and goals of the University of Evansville and the Physician Assistant (PA) Program. It provides core knowledge about established and evolving biomedical and clinical sciences in a breadth and depth to prepare students for the clinical practice of medicine.
The sequencing of the curriculum is designed to assist students in meeting the program competencies and the University’s mission and goals. The start of the program (first semester) is focused on a team environment, needs of a community/population and on the human element (art) of medicine. The goal is to “set the stage” for clinical practice by developing a sense of “bigger than an individual or simple knowledge” to be able to provide clinical care.
The next three didactic semesters begin to mix foundation science material with clinical science to maintain a dynamic relationship between base knowledge and evolving clinical practice. The course material is synchronized and thus is somewhat modular in topics covered.
The final 12 months (3 semesters) are structured clinical practice experiences (rotations). These courses are designed to have the student integrate and apply the knowledge acquired from the didactic portion of the curriculum.
There are seven core areas per accreditation standards. These are divided into four primary care fields (family medicine, internal medicine, women’s health, pediatrics) and three specialty care fields (general surgery, community mental health, emergency medicine). The program has added two additional required rotations (orthopedics and cardiology). The students then will have three elective rotations and an additional general medicine (primary care) rotation.
A unique required rotation is an interprofessional education (IPE) experience. Students will spend two weeks with another member of the healthcare team that is not a physician, PA or nurse practitioner (NP). The goal is to learn and present to their classmates another profession that the students may be exposed to on an interdisciplinary team and how these members contribute to the health and wellness of patients served.
Please see the curriculum page for more information.
- What is the academic credit offered by the program?
Completion of the Physician Assistant Program results in a Master of Physician Assistant Science (MPAS) degree. The curriculum is 113 credit hours divided over seven semesters. The first four semesters (17 months) are primarily didactic (pre-clinical) with the final 3 semesters being clinical.
Please see the curriculum page for more information.
- What are the estimates of all cost (tuition, fees, etc.) related to the program?
Tuition for the graduate Physician Assistant Program is set as a flat, “all-inclusive” tuition. The tuition for the students who will enter the program in January 2019 (graduating class of 2021) is $95,221.
- This amount is the total cost for all tuition and program fees.
- This amount will be divided among the program’s seven semesters.
- This amount does not include University required fees.
- On campus room and board is dependent on choice of residence and meal plan.
- Textbooks cost approximately $600.00 per semester.
- Annual estimated costs for a TB test, flu shot, drug screen, criminal background check, CPR certification, program associated attire and immunizations are $250-$300.
- PA students must have health insurance.
- PA students are responsible for travel costs associated with clinical rotations.
Please see tuition and financial assistance for more information.
- Tuition for the graduate Physician Assistant Program is set as a flat, “all-inclusive” tuition. The tuition for the students who will enter the program in January 2019 (graduating class of 2021) is $95,221.
- Policies and procedures for refunds of tuition and fees
All tuition and refunds are based on the date of official drop, withdrawal, or disenrollment from the University. Please see the university Refund Policy.
You can also visit tuition and financial assistance for more information.
- What are the policies about student employment while enrolled in the program?
Students are permitted to work during the program, however, the PA faculty strongly recommend against a student working during the professional phase due to the academic rigors. A student may not use work as an excuse to miss program activities. A student may not represent himself/herself as a SPA (Student Physician Assistant) except during official UE sponsored clinical affiliations. The professional liability coverage provided by the University of Evansville does not apply to student employment situations.
- Are there any admission or enrollment practices that favor specified individuals or groups?
Yes, the program does recognize two special population modifiers that provide a boost in the admission process during the initial screening for invitation to an interview. These populations are:
- Military veterans / active military
- Students who have graduated or plan to graduate from UE with a bachelor’s degree
- What are the admission requirements regarding prior education or work experience?
All applicants must have a bachelor’s degree prior to matriculation into the PA Program. There are no specific degree or major requirements. The program does NOT require previous healthcare experience (HCE).
- Does the Program award advanced placement?
No, there is no advanced placement with this program.
- What are the academic standards for enrollment?
Please see Admission Requirements.
- Are there any required technical standards for enrollment?
Yes, please see the Technical standards.
- What classes should I take in high school?
It is important that you have a strong background in science to prepare you for the pre-professional requisite courses. Taking high school biology, chemistry, and physics is strongly advised. Courses in math and communication are also recommended
- Does your program offer direct entry admission?
If you are a high school senior and wish to be considered for the B/PA (direct entry) program you should submit your application and PA essay to the University of Evansville by November 1. Qualified applicants will have scored a 27 or higher on the ACT or a 1280 or higher on the SAT-R, and possess a weighted high school grade point average of 3.8 or higher.
If you meet the criteria, you will be invited for an on-campus interview, which will take place on Direct Entry Day, December 1, 2018. For additional information on direct entry admission, please see Applications and Admissions.
- If I am not direct entry, what are some of the advantages in attending UE for my bachelor’s degree?
There are many advantages for completing your bachelor's degree at UE.
- UE provides a strong undergraduate curriculum and nurturing environment.
- The average class size for undergraduate classes is 18, and the student to faculty ratio is 13:1.
- You will receive extra points during the admissions selection process for the graduate PA Program.
- You have the opportunity to study abroad at Harlaxton College for a full academic semester or a five week summer session depending on your selected undergraduate track.
- What can I do to increase my chances of being admitted into the PA program?
The selection committee is looking for well-rounded students who have exposure and understanding of the physician assistant (PA) profession, a strong academic background and good communication skills. Therefore, you should be involved in campus activities and organizations, obtain knowledge of the PA profession through independent exploration and excel in the classroom.
- What is the average GPA for those students accepted into the PA program?
- What are the average scores for students gaining entry into the PA Program?
- What are the demographics for students admitted into the PA Program?
- How many applications do you receive for the PA Program?
For the matriculating class of 2018, we received about 300 applications and reviewed 166 CASPA applications.
- How many students do you admit into the PA Program each year?
The program will accept 40 students (January 2019).
- How do you select students for the program?
The admissions process is a three-step process. The first step is an academic evaluation using the CASPA application. The overall GPA, prerequisite GPA, and GRE scores are all evaluated. Additional modifications to these scores will then be added based on personal statement, recommendations and additional special population modifiers (see below). Personal statements, exposure to and understanding of the physician assistant profession, campus involvement, commitment to learning, history of leadership, letters of recommendation, and strong writing and interpersonal skills may also be taken into consideration by the selection committee. The second step is successful completion of the online CASPer test, which assesses non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program.
The final step, for top candidates, is an on-campus interview. The PA Program uses the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) process. Students will then be selected for admission.
- Why does your program require CASPer as a part of the application process?
All applicants to the University of Evansville Physician Assistant program are required to complete an online assessment (CASPer) to assist with our selection process. CASPer is an online test which assesses for non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program. In implementing CASPer, we are trying to further enhance fairness and objectivity in our selection process.
Please see information sheet for detailed explanation on completing CASPer and link for CASPer sign up.
- Could you please elaborate on the differences in the CASPA application versus the CASPer test?
The following article summarizes the differences between the required CASPA application and required online CASPer testing.
- Do I need to take the Graduate Records Exam (GRE)?
Yes, the GRE is an admission requirement for all applicants regardless of admission pathway. A minimum score of 300 (VR + Q) is required on the GRE. Please use the following Designated Institution (DI) GRE code when indicated the University of Evansville’s PA Program as a score recipient: DI Code: 1765
- Can I take the MCAT instead of the GRE?
Yes, the MCAT can be used in replacement of the MCAT. A minimum score of 25 (old version) or 500 (new version) is required.
- What is the job market like for physician assistants?
PA employment is expected to grow by 38% between 2012-2022. (US Bureau of Labor Statistics)
BLS occupational outlook for PAs (via www.bls.gov).
- Can I complete the PA program on a part-time basis?
The PA Program is a 28-month year around, full-time commitment. We do not offer a part-time option.