College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Physician Assistant Program

Admission Processes 

Last Updated: 3-24-2014


PA Direct Admit Process

The PA Direct Admit Process is only available to students entering Butler University as freshmen and designated as "PA Direct Admit" students. 

Admission into Butler University as a PA Direct Admit Student 

To be admitted into the PA Direct Admit process, students will be required to meet the entrance criteria of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (COPHS) with regard to GPA and standardized test scores. The number of students admitted will be limited to approximately 30 per year and offers of admission will be made on a competitive basis. It is recommended that applications be submitted as early as possible in the admission cycle. Questions about admission to the PA Direct Admit process should be directed to Aimée Rust-Scheuermann ( in the Office of Admissions.

Admission into the PA Program

PA Direct Admit students will be required to meet the following criteria to advance into the PA Program:

1. Completion of the BSHS degree by the conclusion of the 5th academic year (i.e. 5th spring semester) of enrollment.

2. A cumulative GPA at Butler University of at least 3.4 at the time of graduation.

3. No grade of C- or less on the first attempt in any course. 

4. No conduct code violations.

5. Full-time enrollment during the regular (i.e. fall and spring) semesters.

No healthcare experience is required, but it may be useful to the student to help them discern their interest in and aptitude for this career. 

Any student failing to meet any of the above criteria will be dismissed from the direct admission process, but may be eligible to apply for admission through the Standard Admit Pathway

Other Information 

The criteria for admissions and the policies that guide the admission process have been carefully developed and empirically derived. As such, few if any requests for exemptions from the criteria/policies are granted. However, should an applicant feel that their circumstances warrant special consideration, they may forward an appeal in writing (via e-mail) to the chair of the admissions committee, Dr. John Lucich at To be considered, the appeal e-mail must include "Appeal Request" in the subject line, state the policy/criteria for which an exemption is being requested and provide a detailed rationale for the request.

General questions regarding the admissions process should be directed to Mary Kay Liverett at 317-940-6529 or

Requirements and deadlines are subject to change. Should a change occur, it will be posted on this website and the PA program will make every effort to communicate the change as soon as possible to all those in the application pipeline for whom e-mail addresses are available.

Technical Standards for Admission and Retention in the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

The College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences faculty has specified the following non-academic criteria ("technical standards") that all candidates/students are expected to meet, with or without reasonable accommodation, to participate in the educational programs of the College.

1. OBSERVATION: The candidate/student must be able to participate actively in all demonstrations and laboratory exercises in the basic sciences, and to assess and comprehend the condition of all patients assigned to him or her for examination, diagnosis, and treatment. Such observations and information acquisition usually requires the functional use of visual, auditory, and somatic sensation.

2. COMMUNICATION: The candidate/student must be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with patients to elicit information, describe changes in mood, activity and posture, assess non-verbal communications, and be able to effectively and efficiently transmit information to patients, fellow students, faculty, staff, and all members of the health care team. Communication skills include speaking, reading, and writing, as well as the observation skills described above.

3. MOTOR: The candidate/student must have sufficient motor function to elicit information from patients by palpation, auscultation, percussion, and other diagnostic maneuvers, be able to perform basic laboratory tests, possess all skills necessary to carry out diagnostic procedures and be able to execute motor movements reasonably required to provide general care and emergency treatment to patients. The candidate/student must possess the fine motor skills to perform the requirements of the profession.

4. INTELLECTUAL: The candidate/student must be able to measure, calculate, reason, analyze, and synthesize. Problem solving the critical skills demanded of health care providers, requires all of these intellectual abilities. In addition, the candidate/student must be able to comprehend three-dimensional relationships and to understand the spatial relationships of structures. The candidate/student must have the capacity to perform these problem-solving skills in a timely fashion.

5. BEHAVIORAL and SOCIAL ATTRIBUTES: The candidate/student must possess the emotional health required for full utilization of his or her intellectual abilities, the exercise of good judgment, the prompt completion of all responsibilities attendant to the diagnosis and care of patients and others. Candidates/ students must also be able to tolerate taxing workloads, function effectively under stress, adapt to changing environment, display flexibility, and learn to function in the face of uncertainties inherent in the clinical problems of many patients. Compassion, integrity, concern for others, commitment, and motivation are personal qualities which each candidate/student should possess.

Butler University DOES NOT base admission decisions on the presence or absence of a disability or upon the need for accommodations to meet the technical standards above. If an applicant has concerns about their ability to meet the technical standards and accepts an offer of admission, we recommend arranging a meeting with our Student Disabilities Services (SDS) office prior to enrollment. This office will evaluate the applicant and determine what reasonable accommodations will be required to enable the applicant to meet the technical standards.