You’re passionate about becoming a PA but you’re worried that your GPA could be an obstacle to achieving your goal. A difficult transition to college, a rough semester, or another challenge that affected your GPA doesn’t mean the end of your plans to become a PA. Many successful PA applicants started out with less-than-optimal applications, but were able to gain admission by strengthening their applications and/or applying strategically.
Seventeen new PA programs are now accredited by ARC-PA and are accepting applications. This brings the total number of programs in our database to exactly 300. The information on these programs, including links to the programs’ websites, can be found by clicking the name in the list of this post, or using our search function. This post also discusses ARC-PA accreditation, including the different types and why it is important.
With many programs costing over $200,000 including cost of living, it may seem like attending a PA program is out of reach. It doesn't have to be - in this article we give you the 10 least expensive programs based on our research. A few are very reasonable, especially for residents of the state they are located in.
Picking a major that will prepare you for physician assistant school can seem very daunting at first. You may have always wanted to be a PA or you may have just decided half way through college. The first thing to remember is not to stress over this. Your college major will not make or break your chances at getting into PA school. Here are a few guidelines to remember when picking a major or evaluating if this major is right for you.
The GRE, or Graduate Record Examination, is a standardized test that tests on three key skills for graduate schools, namely analytical writing, verbal reasoning, and quantitative reasoning. There are six sections, with a total of 3 hours and 45 minutes of testing time including a ten-minute break after section three. Almost half of all PA schools require or recommend the GRE for applicants.
PA schools have slowly transitioned to requiring the Casper test in the last few years. The Casper test is a situational judgement and awareness exam that tests your judgement in challenging situations. The test looks for skills not evaluated in coursework or on the GRE/PA-CAT including professionalism, empathy, and ethics to name a few. The test has both written and recorded verbal responses.
Applying for PA school is a multistep process, so it’s important to have an understanding of exactly what you need to do and when it needs to be done in order to be successful. This article provides an overview of the application process to get you oriented.