Pre-Physician Assistant

Pre-Physician Assistant

Meet With Your Counselor

Your counselor is there to guide and advise you on classes and how to best prepare for Grad school applications. Meeting regularly with your counselor will give you a higher chance of achieving your goal.

*Starting May 21st Denise will be doing walk-ins only due to a family situation. Please call the morning of to check availability 801-863-6484. 

 

 UVU PA Program

Denise Fullmer

Pre-Health Counselor

Pre-Physician Assistant (PA),
Pre-Veterinary, Pre-Pharmacy,
Pre-Respiratory Therapy

Email: fullmede@uvu.edu

Denise Fullmer

Academic Requirements

It is important for you to research specific requirements for each school you are interested in applying to. It is advised that you avoid online pre-requisite classes.

Most schools will require:

  • Biology
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Chemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Math

It is highly recommended but not required that you take Pathophysiology: ZOOL 4400 as this is a great preparatory course. Meet with your advisor to plan out your schedule and specific courses you should take.

Admission Test

The GRE is administered via a computer based format on a year-round, first-come, first served basis. Plan to register for the GRE early and take it at least 6 weeks prior to your earliest application deadline. The GRE measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning and analytical writing.

Letters of Recommendation

Excellent letters of recommendation are essential part of your application. The best letters come from people who have spent time with you and have gotten to know you well. The number and type of letters vary from one medical school to the next.

You should ask individuals who can objectively assess things such as: Academic Ability, Maturity, Team Work, Compassion, Leadership, and Communication skills. You should avoid asking family members, clergy/bishops, and lab instructors. If you do not think someone will write you a strong letter of recommendation, do no ask them for one. A bad letter can kill your application even if the rest are stellar. You may need up to 5 Letters of Recommendation, check individual schools for specifics.

Person writing

Extracurricular

Extracurricular activities help PA programs evaluate your potential as a clinician and professional. They can help you stand out as an applicant and demonstrate your motivation for pursuing a career in healthcare. Consider planning out your extra-curricular activities by semester, just like your prerequisite courses. Starting early helps avoid stress associated with cramming everything into the last few semesters prior to the application.

Amount of Health Care experience is highly determined by individual school.

You can achieve this through:

  • Community/Volunteer Service
  • Leadership
  • Patient Contact
  • Research
  • Shadowing a PA

Personal Narrative

Many schools have a specific question that they would like answered. Be sure to answer the question. This is your time to describe who you are, what makes you unique, and why they should pick you. This should not be written quickly or without planning. Your personal narrative can determine whether you will be accepted into the program you want or not. It is the greatest tool an admissions committee has to get to know you, so it should be an accurate depiction of yourself. Remember it is what you learned, not what you did.

Plan on creating multiple drafts of your Narrative and allow plenty of time for the Pre-PA counselor to review and provide feedback before applying.

Application

Most Physician Assistant programs use the centralized application service for Physician Assistant programs (CASPA) which allows you to fill out one application for several schools. CASPA opens in late-April and runs for nearly one year per admissions cycle. Plan to apply to at least 5-6 schools.

Links:

CASPA PA Directory
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