How to Apply
Applicant Information Sessions
The Physician Assistant program is planning to hold several one hour applicant information sessions to provide information about the program and the application process. Please watch the website for upcoming dates and times for the applicant information sessions.
Application Process and Timeline
- During admission reviews, first consideration may be given to Arkansas residents. Highly qualified applicants from out-of-state are strongly encouraged to apply and may successfully compete for admission. The Program is committed to admitting and graduating qualified candidates from diverse groups.
- The application cycle for the Physician Assistant Program will open on April 27, 2016. There are two applications required: one through CASPA and one for the UAMS College of Health Professions. These applications will not open until April 27, 2016. Links to the applications are below:
- CASPA: https://portal.caspaonline.org
- College of Health Professions: http://healthprofessions.uams.edu/prospective-students/apply/
- Application deadline to the Physician Assistant Program for each class beginning in May is November 1. All necessary documents of applications must be submitted on or before November 1. This will allow the admissions committee the necessary time to thoroughly review applications and give applicants a change to update documentation to be considered for the May start date.
- Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible and then forward any updated information to the College of Health Professions Admissions Office as coursework becomes completed or additional direct patient care is obtained.
- Applicants will be selected for interviews by the PA Program Admission Committee and will be invited for an on-campus interview beginning in the fall.
- Candidates may be interviewed with outstanding prerequisites or direct patient care and can be contingently accepted with two outstanding pre-requisite courses remaining. However, applicants cannot be officially accepted into the program until the outstanding pre-requisites and 500 hours of direct patient care has been obtained.
**All accepted applicants must consent to a criminal background check and drug screen prior to matriculation. Background checks and drug screens are required by most clinical sites during the didactic and clinical phase of the program. Matriculation into the program is contingent upon acceptable background check and drug screen results. Adverse results of a background check will be considered on an individual basis and may result in an inability to matriculate into the program. Enrolled students may be randomly drug tested throughout the curriculum and clinical sites may require updated background checks. More information about the requirement will be provided to accepted applicants.