Standard Admit Pathway
Last Updated: 6-12-2014
The Standard Admission Pathway is for students
interested in applying to the PA program and who did NOT enter
Butler University as a freshman in 2014 or beyond as a PA Direct
Admit student or who lost PA Direct Admit eligibility.
Applications for the PA Program must be submitted through an
electronic application processing service (CASPA). CASPA is a
service of the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) and
offers applicants a convenient, Web-based application service that
will allow you to apply to participating PA educational programs by
completing a single application. The online application was
specifically designed for your ease and convenience. With far less
paperwork, streamlined processing, and ongoing communication with
applicants, CASPA offers you the ability to apply to multiple
programs across the country.
The Standard Admission Pathway is a competitive, rolling
admission process. Thus, it is important that applications be
submitted to and verified by CASPA as soon as possible once the
application cycle opens (generally mid-April in the year
preceding that of intended matriculation). Consideration of an
application cannot begin until the application is verified and will
cease once the class and waitlist have been filled. It is also
important that applicants clearly indicate on the CASPA application
the classes completed, those currently being completed and those
expected to be completed by May 15 of the year in which the
applicant wishes to matriculate into the PA Program.
Non-Butler applicants (i.e. those who have completed 12 hours or
greater of credit (excluding AP or IB credits) outside of Butler
University by the time of the submission of their completed
application to CASPA) are required to include GRE scores (School
Code: 0477) at the time of application and are required to
earn a BS/BA degree or higher by May 15 of the year of
intended matriculation into the PA program. Butler applicants (who
are not amongst those classified as "PA Direct Admit") are also
required to earn a BS/BA degree or higher by May 15 of the year of
intended matriculation into the PA program, but will not be
required to submit GRE scores providing they identify
themselves as a "Non-PA-Direct-Admit, Butler Applicant" in an
e-mail to Dr. John Lucich at firstname.lastname@example.org by October
1 of the year preceding that of intended matriculation.
The majority of communication regarding invitations to
interview, offers of admission, etc. will be conducted by e-mail so
it is very important that the PA Program (via CASPA) has an
accurate e-mail address for all applicants and that applicants
check their e-mail accounts on a daily basis. Generally, responses
to program requests must be accomplished within 3 days or less.
Failure to promptly respond to requests may result in loss of
eligibility for admission consideration.
One seat in the PA program will be designated for a military
member who otherwise meets all eligibility criteria. Military
candidates (i.e. those who indicate "Currently Serving" or "Yes" to
the Military Status section on the CASPA application and who wish
to be considered for the designated seat when contacted by PA
Program personnel) will initially be considered for NAE invitation
only from amongst a cohort of other military candidates.
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.
The minimum eligibility requirements for admission are:
1. A cumulative GPA from all institutions of higher learning of
at least a 3.4 as calculated per CASPA protocol.
2. The submission of a completed* application to
CASPA by September 1 and verification
of that application by CASPA by October 8 of the year prior to the
year of desired enrollment into the PA Program. It is the
applicant's responsibility to monitor and ensure adherence to
this deadline. The applicant's will be assessed according to
the information in the application at the time it was verified by
CASPA. As such, updates to GPAs, GRE scores etc. will not be
considered within an application cycle.
3. The ability to provide evidence of successful completion of
the prerequisites or
their transfer equivalents with a grade of C- or better by
May 15 prior to matriculation into the PA Program.
4. Receipt by Butler University of a deposit by the assigned
No healthcare experience is required, but it may be useful to
the student to help them discern their interest in and aptitude for
* Be advised that for an application to be deemed "completed" it
must be accompanied by college transcripts, letters of
recommendation, GRE scores and any other documents required for
processing by CASPA.
Applicants satisfying the above criteria are eligible to be
ranked and considered for invitation to a "non-academic evaluation"
(NAE). The composition of an NAE will typically include one or more
interviews, an opportunity to meet current students, various
information sessions and any other activities deemed desirable by
the PA Admissions Committee. Invitations for the NAE will generally
be issued to the most highly ranked candidates near the first of
November and the NAE will generally be conducted on or about the
third Saturday of November. The NAE scores and other behavioral
assessments of applicants will be used by the PA Admissions
Committee to adjust the pre-NAE rankings of candidates and will
inform decisions regarding which applicants will receive offers of
admission and which will be waitlisted. These decisions will
generally be communicated via e-mail to applicants within 10-15
days of the NAE.
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.
Other Pertinent Admission / Enrollment
The PA program does not retsrict a student's ability to work
while enrolled so long as the work does not interfere with
scheduled program requirements. However, because the PA program is
very demanding, it is highly recommended that students not work or
that work hours are greatly reduced. It is almost impossible to
work during the experiential portions of the program.