M. S. Physician Assistant (PA) Admissions

A female physician assistant student confers with a patient in a hospital room

On Campus Interview Sessions, by invitation only:

  • TBD

Updates to the UNE PA program requirements:

  • 20 hours of PA shadowing required
  • 500 hours of patient care experience required minimum
  • 3 semester credits of Statistics required

Acceptable patient care experience is now available online

Important Dates:

  • April 27: CASPA application portal opens
  • October 1: Deadline for application to UNE's PA Program through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). 

All applications for admission must be electronically submitted through CASPA. Please visit CASPA for additional information and detailed instructions for completion of the application.

CASPA will send your application to UNE after the application file is complete and verified. Please be sure to check the status of your CASPA portal account to be certain that all of your materials have been received and your application has been sent to your selected schools.

Admissions are rolling and decisions are made after each interview session and continue until the program's summer start. You are encouraged to apply early in the admissions cycle as applicants are invited to interview as applications are received.

For specific academic dates, please view the UNE Academic Calendar.






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General Chemistry




Human Anatomy & Physiology




Psychology/Sociology or related behavioral science









Courses in Advanced Physiology, Pathophysiology, Microbiology, Statistics, Physics, and Biochemistry are highly recommended.

  • Anatomy & Physiology prerequisite must have been completed within seven (7) years of matriculation (taken summer 2009 or more recently). The courses must include all body systems and be a full-year (two semester sequence) or the equivalent. Combination of courses must consist of either 4 credits of anatomy with lab and 4 credits of physiology with lab OR 8 credits of A&P I & II (both with lab). Animal Physiology will not satisfy the physiology prerequisite.
  • All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better (“C-“grades are not acceptable).
  • Prerequisites may be in-progress or planned at the time of application, but must be completed by December 31st, of the application year. Please include any in-progress or planned coursework in your CASPA application. (Transcripts for coursework and/or degrees completed in the Fall term prior to the PA program start must be submitted to CASPA to be verified during the Fall Academic Update period. Transcripts for coursework and/or degrees completed in the Spring term must be submitted directly to UNE’s Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions as soon as they are available.)


 Applicants who meet the minimum requirements for application should understand that the average GPAs and number of hours of direct patient care for students accepted into the program are well above the minimum requirements.  Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee an interview or acceptance.

  • At least 90 undergraduate credits from a US regionally accredited institution(s) at time of application, and a Bachelor Degree prior to matriculation (unless in UNE pre-PA accelerated 3/2 track).
  • A minimum overall cumulative GPA of 3.0, as calculated by CASPA, is required. (The average for matriculated students has typically been approximately 3.5 for the past few years)
  • A minimum CASPA BCP GPA of 3.0 is required. BCP is the GPA calculated by CASPA for all biology, chemistry, and physics courses completed. (The average for matriculated students has typically been 3.5 for the past few years). Additional credit hours beyond the minimum pre-requisites, especially upper level coursework, in the Biology, Chemistry, and Physics areas, will enhance your application and make you a stronger candidate.
  • Official GRE test scores must be submitted directly to CASPA; test scores must be within five (5) years of expected enrollment.
  • A minimum of 250 hours of direct patient care is required. (The average for matriculated students has typically been in the range of 2500 – 3500 hours over the past few years.)
  • “Shadowing” of PAs in more than one practice facility and practice area is very important for a clear understanding of the role of the PA on the medical team.  Applicants will be required to show evidence of PA shadowing hours in a primary care, inpatient or outpatient setting and must record in the “Health Care Shadowing Experience” section of CASPA. “Shadowing” does not count toward direct patient care hours.
  • Proficiency with computer technology is strongly recommended.

Note:     Before matriculation, accepted applicants will be expected to meet all health immunization requirements; to obtain a physical examination with proof of up-to-date immunization status.  Please visit Student Health Care for details.  Students must also have a current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) course for the provider and must maintain current BLS throughout the program.

As required by clinical training sites, students will be subject to criminal background checks and drug screens prior to matriculation, and periodically throughout the PA program.


  • Applications for admissions are accepted through the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) only.
  • Applications must be submitted to CASPA by the posted deadline. Given the normally heavy volume of applications, we strongly encourage students to submit completed applications as early as possible in the cycle. The CASPA application portal opens annually in mid April.
  • On-campus interviews are granted to qualified applicants by invitation only and are required for admission to the program.
  • Admissions are rolling and decisions are made after each interview session and continue until the program starts.
  • International applicants and applicants with international degrees must have their transcripts evaluated for degree and grade equivalency to that of a regionally accredited institution in the US. See International Admissions for a list of educational credential evaluators.
  • All applicants to UNE must be able to understand and communicate (in writing and orally) in English to be admitted to the university. UNE accepts several methods of English Proficiency, see International Admissions. If applicable, the TOEFL requirement must be completed and the score received by the application deadline.

For additional information on the admissions process and requirements, please access the PA website.

Policy exceptions

The Physician Assistant program and the PA Admissions Committee in collaboration with the Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions reserve the right to make exceptions to the admissions criteria and to make changes or exceptions to policies and procedures, on a case by case basis, when it deems such a decision is necessary and appropriate.

Transfer Credit

Transfer Credit

Transfer credits are rarely awarded to students who transfer from another physician assistant program. The program director will award transfer credits on a case-by-case basis.

Advanced Placement

There is no advanced placement.

Experiential Learning

No credit will be awarded to students for experiential learning.