Important dates for the January 2020 cohort

May 1, 2019

The application for admission to the 2020 cohort opens.

UVU has rolling admissions, it is advantageous to apply early.

September 1, 2019

This is the deadline for applications for the 2020 cohort.

Admissions Requirements*

Selection for the Physician Assistant program in very competitive. It is anticipated that the successful applicant will generally exceed the minimum criteria for consideration for admission.

Minimum Cumulative GPA (as determined by CASPA): 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)

Minimum Science GPA (as determined by CASPA): 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)

Minimum Prerequisite GPA: 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)

Bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution of higher education

Courses must have been taken in the last 10 years. AP credit is not accepted.

All prerequisite courses must be completed by November 1 prior to January enrollment, and only two courses may be in progress at the time of application.

  • Microbiology with lab (4 credits)
  • Biology (4 credits)
  • Chemistry-lab may be included (8 credits)
  • Human Anatomy with lab (4 credits)
  • Human Physiology -lab may be included (4 credits)
  • Medical Terminology *Available online at UVU

1000 hours minimum healthcare experience (direct patient care preferred)

PA shadowing is required. No minimum hours. Recommended to shadow a variety of PAs.

3 letters of recommendation in application through CASPA

Preferred: academic professor or advisor, medical provider, and supervisor

Technical Standards

The curriculum requires demonstrated proficiency in a variety of cognitive, affective and psychomotor skills. Therefore, all students admitted to the Physician Assistant Program (“PA Students”) must possess the following abilities and expectations at the time of their admission to the program and throughout their enrollment in the program:

  • Observation: PA Students must have the ability to observe and participate as appropriate in the lecture hall, the laboratory, and in the spectrum of clinical environments. This includes all outpatient, inpatient, emergency department, and operating room settings. They should also possess the ability to use their other somatic senses as needed to enhance their ability to accurately observe and interpret these situations.

  • Intellectual ability and capacity: PA Students must be able to learn, analyze, synthesize, problem solve, reason and come to logical conclusions both in the didactic and clinical phase. They are expected to remain alert and attentive at all times in didactic and clinical settings.

  • Communication: PA Students must be able to practice effective, professional verbal and non-verbal communication skills with other students, faculty, preceptors and patients. This includes building trust, being sensitive, and using discretion with personal and sensitive information in all situations. Additionally, PA students must have the ability to work effectively in groups with other students and with other healthcare professionals.

  • Motor: PA Students must be able to complete a full physical exam and basic clinical procedures and manipulate the equipment, instruments, apparatus, or tools required to collect and interpret data appropriate to the domain of study, practice or research. They must be able to respond to emergency situations in a calm and timely manner. And, they must always adhere to universal precautions in all clinical settings.

  • Behavioral: Enrollment in a PA program can be stressful and requires the ability to handle a significant workload. All PA Students must have the physical and emotional stamina to commit to their education and maintain a high level of function. PA Students must also be able to accept criticism and have the ability to appropriately modify their behavior. They must understand the legal and ethical aspects of the practice of medicine and function within both the law and ethical standards of the medical profession.

Admitted students who have a disability and need accommodation should initiate discussions with the Director of Accessibility Services as soon as the offer of admission is received and accepted. Preference is given to veterans and Utah residents.

In order to be admitted to and matriculate in the Physician Assistant Program at Utah Valley University, all students must possess physical, mental, and emotional capacities to complete the entire curriculum in order to achieve the Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree.

Preference is given to veterans and Utah residents. Applicants who are Utah residents and/or have veteran status are awarded preference points during the first pass review (see admissions process). Applicants who do not qualify for either but meet all other admission requirements will still be considered and are strongly encouraged to apply.

Because physician assistants will interact with patients and families that will reflect the rich diversity of our country, we value applicants whose unique life experiences allow them to contribute to a diverse educational experience. This will allow our cohorts to be prepared to provide compassionate care to all.

*Requirements are subject to change.

Admission Process

1Review requirements (not required to apply)
  • Attend an information session

    Date Time Location
    TBA 5:30pm SC 206a
  • Talk to pre-PA advisement at



Elements reviewed and for which points are awarded:
· Academic strength

· Personal statement

· Supplemental essays

· Letters of recommendation

· CASPer test 

· Verification of Utah residency and veteran status (if applicable)

· Life experience and personal attributes as evidenced through completion of all elements on the CASPA application

First Pass
Once the application process is complete (verified by CASPA, UVU graduate application is completed, CASPer results are available), the entire application is reviewed to confirm that all requirements have been met, and residency and/or vet status is confirmed (if applicable). Once requirements have been verified, all other information submitted to CASPA, with the exception of personal statement, supplemental essays and letters of recommendation, is evaluated by the first pass reviewers.  

Second Pass
Students who have met all requirements and were evaluated positively in the first pass, undergo second pass evaluations. In the second pass review, first pass results are confirmed. Personal statement, supplemental essays, and letters of recommendation are scored. Second pass reviews are completed by a combination of principal faculty and healthcare professionals involved with the program.

Final scores are based on scores from first and second pass reviews. Applicants are invited for an on-campus interview based on their standing in the overall scoring.

3Interview with the program if invited

Final application scores are determined based on Committee Review of the completed admission requirements. Qualified applicants are invited for an on-campus interview based on their standing in the overall scoring. Interviews will be held during the fall of the year prior to matriculation. Invitations to interview will include an interview date. Interviews will be held during the summer and the fall of the year prior to matriculation.



Components of the Interview Day

· Light breakfast

· One-on-one interview with principal faculty

· Team interaction

· Group activity

· MMI interviews assessing non-cognitive attributes

· Presentation regarding housing and financial aid

· Question and answer session with a panel of healthcare providers

· Brief writing sample

· Lunch

4Complete post-acceptance requirements

Interviewees will be notified of the admissions decision via email within a month of the interview. Applicants that interview with the UVU MPAS Program will be placed in one of three categories: Accept, Waitlist, and No Accept.

A $750 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve the seat in the program at the time the offer is accepted. Instructions for payment will be provided with the acceptance letter.

If an applicant commits to another program, we request the professional courtesy of notifying the UVU PA Program.

Candidates offered a position will be required to complete the following prior to enrollment:

  • HIPPA/FERPA release form
  • Proof of current health care insurance coverage
  • Technical Standards Attestation form
  • Certified background check
  • Certified drug screen
  • Official transcripts submitted to UVU for all coursework
  • Health clearance form completed by healthcare provider
  • Evidence of current immunization status
  • Driver's license
  • Proof of CPR/BLS certification completed with AHA provider within one year of matriculation
  • Proof of completion of any prerequisite course requirements

Financial Information

Tuition, Fees, and Additional Expenses Policy Statement

Tuition and student fees are established by the Utah State Board of Regents. Tuition, fees, and additional expenses are subject to change without notice; tuition and fees estimates are based on 2019-20 rates and change annually. The table below details anticipated tuition, fees, program required expenses, as well as other costs associated with the training program for the entering Spring 2020 cohort.  Additional fees may be associated with financial aid. All costs are estimated.

Utah Resident Program Tuition $59,920
Non-Utah Resident Program Tuition*
*Non-Utah Resident students pay Utah Resident tuition during Summer Semesters
Student receives residency after 1 year

University Fees
($350 per semester)
Total Estimated Tuition & Fees Utah Residents: $62,370
Total Estimated Tuition & Fees Non-Utah Resident:
If student receives Utah residency after 1 year:
Additional Program Estimated Costs and Fees/Student Responsibilities
Non-refundable Graduate Matriculation Fee
$250 - Background check, drug screening, and professional organizations
$500 - Applied towards tuition if seat is accepted
Textbooks/Resources/Miscellaneous Supplies $2,000
Diagnostic Medical Equipment $1,500
Training and Certifications $350
Scrubs, white coat and professional dress $250
iPad/Pencil $1,500
Immunizations, Annual TB Test, Flu Shot $250
Medical Insurance (Required) $2700
Professional Liability Coverage (University will provide) $0
Estimated Living and Transportation Expenses Per Semester
Housing and Food $3807
Miscellaneous Living Expenses $684
Free UTA pass available $0

Tuition and fees policy at UVU

Payments and Refund Policy

It is the policy of the program to describe, publish and make readily available information on policies and procedures on refunds. The tuition refund policy of the university is published in the Student Handbook and on the UVU website.

For information regarding refund processes for tuition and fees, please see Utah Valley University Bursar’s page and important dates for add/drop/withdraw deadlines. Refunds are not automatic. The tuition refund policy is established by the Utah State Board of Regents and amended by each college or university to fit their programs. Utah Valley University refunds to students who withdraw from school or drop classes as follows per semester:

  • Through the 100% refund date published on the Student Timetable ....100%
  • After the 100% refund date published on the student Timetable....0%

Exact dates for semester, block, and weekend classes can be found on the Student Timetable.

Students must drop classes or completely withdraw by the published 100% Refund Deadline in order to have the charges removed from their account. Students who withdraw after that date will not receive a refund. If a student has not paid his or her charges for the semester, he or she will continue to owe the University for these charges and will be subject to collections procedures if left unpaid.

Changes in enrollment may affect Financial Aid eligibility and amounts received. Financial Aid awards may be pulled back when dropping courses, thus increasing the amount owed.

A Petition to the Refund Policy Form can be obtained from the Office of the Registrar or visit the registration website. Refer to UVU policy 503 for more information.

Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office at UVU is a resource available to help you coordinate various forms of financial assistance offered to students at the University. More information on Financial Aid is available on the University financial web page.

Residency Questions

Students who attend UVU from another state will be required to pay non-resident tuition rates. However, after twelve continuous months, it is possible for students to apply for Utah residency for tuition purposes and significantly decrease the cost of attending UVU.

While the "Twelve Continuous Months Rule" is the most commonly used, there are other ways to qualify for Utah residency.

Enrollment Related Policies

Student Employment

The MPAS program is a full-time program. It is strongly recommended that students not accept or continue outside employment while enrolled in the program. Students are not permitted to work for the program. [ARC-PA4th A3.04]

Equal Opportunity

UVU Equal Opportunity Statement

Utah Valley University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age (40 and over), disability status, veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth, or pregnancy-related conditions, citizenship, genetic information, or other bases protected by applicable law in employment, treatment, admission, access to educational programs and activities, or other university benefits or services.

Advanced Placement

Advanced placement, is defined as a waiver of required professional coursework in the PA program, and will not be granted under any circumstance. All students who enter the program must fulfill all program requirements. All courses within the curriculum are required. No transfer credit is accepted. No credit is granted for pre-admission experiential learning, prior coursework, degrees, certifications, or advanced training.

Leave of Absence/Deferment/Withdrawal

Generally, a student must complete the PA Studies Program in 28 months. However, the maximum time allowed from matriculation to conferral of the MPAS degree is six (6) years in accordance with UVU Graduate Policy # 524, including any leaves of absence.

Students may elect to take a leave of absence for one year, subject to approval by the Program Director. Students requesting a leave of absence must complete a petition form and obtain approval of the program director. Additional details regarding policies and procedures are found in the graduate catalog. PA students who have an approved leave of absence are permitted to re-enter the program at the beginning of the segment where the leave was granted. Students who re-enter must wait until the appropriate program offerings are available. Since courses are presented only once a year and because of the sequential ordering of courses in the program, a leave will result in a delay of the student’s original graduation date. A special curriculum plan will need to be made for each student. Students are required to meet the curricular expectations of the class cohort with which the student will graduate unless exempted by the faculty. Therefore, if any new requirements or courses are added to the curriculum, students who are out-of-sequence will be expected to take the additional courses or meet the new requirements.. If the leave of absence will disrupt the completion of didactic courses in which the student is enrolled, the student will decelerate.  Deceleration ( defined by the ARC-PA as "any disruption in the student's progress that will extend the date of graduation beyond that of his/her cohort."  

Students contemplating a leave of absence, withdrawal or re-admission should consult the UVU Graduate Policies or Student Services.

Additionally, please be advised that a leave of absence may be considered a withdrawal for financial aid purposes and may affect a student’s full time status and financial aid packages. It is strongly suggested that all students consult a financial aid advisor about all leaves of absence and withdrawals in an expeditious manner.

The UVU MPAS Program has a policy not to honor requests for deferment of admission during the period between formal acceptance and matriculation.


  • Students are permitted to withdraw from the program at their discretion following the University defined procedure (see UVU policy 503) and complete the appropriate forms.
  • Withdrawal from an individual course will not allow a student to progress in the program as per the requirements for progression and therefore constitutes withdrawal from the program. The student will need to meet with the PA Program Director to declare their intention to withdraw from the UVU Physician Assistant Studies Program.
  • To officially withdraw from the University, a student must report to the UVU Registrar’s Office. Students wishing to withdraw should also consult with the Office of Student Financial Aid to determine if stipulations associated with the financial aid package will lead to changes in the financial statement.

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