Frequently Asked Questions
The UTC PA Program is anticipating matriculating the first PA class in January of 2021. This is pending accreditation approval from the ARC-PA with site visit February 2020 and board meeting in June 2020.
UTC PA will undergo an incremental increase in class size. The first cohort will have 20 students, the second will have 30, and the third will have approximately 36 students.
The mission, values, and goals can be found here.
The Program strives to graduate competent, confident PAs who will serve the needs of the community with health, wellness, and education in collaborative medical practice.
The UTC PA Program is a 27-month long curriculum that begins in January with graduation occurring in May.
The didactic phase comprises the first 15 months with students involved in classroom, laboratory, small-group, standardized patient experiences, problem-based learning, active-learning and flipped classroom techniques, and experiential learning opportunities.
The clinical phase comprises the last 12 months in which students are assigned to supervised clinical rotations at various hospital and outpatient offices.
We do accept applications from foreign graduates. The requirements include:
- Apply and be admitted to the Graduate School at UTC first
- Send your WES equivalency paperwork to CASPA and the UTC PA Department
- Obtain TOEFL scores and report them to the UTC Graduate School and PA Department
- All prerequisite courses MUST be taken in the US
- 50% of all clinical hours MUST be obtained in the US
- You MUST take the GRE with Analytical Writing within the last 5 years
- Must have a permanent address in the United States
You may take combination Anatomy and Physiology courses or dedicated Anatomy and Physiology courses, but they must be Human Anatomy and Physiology and must include an in person lab.
We do not accept Vertebrate, Comparative, or Mammalian Anatomy and Physiology courses.
YES, you need 1000 hours. Hands-on direct patient care experiences may come from a variety of places. The extent to which an applicant is actually involved in patient care will be weighed based on the description of the applicant’s duties during those hours. The title of a position is not as important as the duties the applicant performed in terms of patient contact and interaction with patients and other healthcare providers (physicians, PAs, nurses, etc.).
Examples of direct patient care experiences may include but are not limited to: EMT, paramedic, medical assistant, scribe, patient care tech, nurse, surgical tech, athletic trainer, physical therapy aide, etc.
- Meet our overall GPA minimum requirements and if needed retake courses that you may not have performed as well as you wanted.
- Shadow a PA, MD, DO, or NP
- Understand the role of a PA and be able to articulate your understanding as related to your personal academic and professional strengths and goals.
- Attend an information session at UTC to learn how to be more competitive.
Each applicant is considered individually leaving no specific path for a successful candidate. Highlight your individuality and what draws you to the profession in the narrative section of the CASPA application. Make sure to detail anything that we cannot glean from your application including challenges that lead to growth.
Some suggestions include:
- Significant life experiences
- Intellectual interests
- Factors inspiring you to become a physician assistant
- Significant obstacles met and overcome
- Socioeconomic challenges
- Atypical educational path
- Previous career
- Cross-cultural experiences
These subjects, as well as other related topics, would be appropriate to help the committee make a thoughtful decision.
The program's policies and procedures for student admission decisions adhere to clearly defined and published practices of the institution and program. Applicants are evaluated using objective and subjective data retrieved from their CASPA application. A quantitative score is created based on GPA, GRE scores, Clinical Hours, and demographic information. Applicants are invited for an interview based upon their total score and ranking relative to other applicants.
Letters of recommendation should come from:
1- An MD, PA, or supervisor
2- A professor or advisor
3- someone who has known you for at least a year
Letters of recommendation should not come from:
1- a neighbor, family member, or friend
2- your personal medical provider (unless they are speaking from a supervisory position)
3- someone that has only known you for a short time
The International Elective allows for students, on a voluntary basis, to attend a rotation at Hillside Health Care International in Belize. This rotation is at the expense of the student for travel, the rotation, travel insurance, and health care cost for immunizations and malaria prophylaxis. Housing is included in the rotation expense as there is a dorm on-site. Cost of the rotation will vary depending on the cost of flights.