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
Admission into Butler University as a PA Direct Admit
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) in the Office
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
4. No conduct code violations.
5. Full-time enrollment during the regular (i.e. fall and
No healthcare experience is required, but it may be useful to
the student to help them discern their interest in and aptitude for
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.
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 email@example.com. 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
General questions regarding the admissions process should be
directed to Mary Kay Liverett at 317-940-6529 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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.