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Butler University Bulletin

PA Program Eligibility and Admission

The pathways to gain entry to the PA Program are the selective internal admission pathway (current Butler University students and/or alumni) and the standard admission pathway. (Accreditation Standards A3.13, A3.14)

Special Considerations

The following admission and enrollment practices are followed. (Accreditation Standard A3.13a)

  • The Butler University PA Program is committed to accepting a diverse group of qualified individuals from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. The program selects students who reflect varied social, economic, ethnic, educational, and healthcare experience backgrounds. The Program seeks students who excel in leadership, service, scholarship, communication, intellectual capacity, and interpersonal skills.
  • Butler University and its graduates are at an advantage in the admission process through the Selective Internal Admission Pathway. For the CASPA Application Cycles of 2020–2021, 2021–2022, and 2022–2023 up to 60 percent of each class (45 of 75 students) will be students who have previously earned Butler degrees at the time they begin in the PA Program. For CASPA Application Cycles 2023–2024 and beyond 40 percent of each class will be reserved for students who have previously earned Butler degrees at the time they begin in the PA Program.
  • The Butler University PA Program recognizes the special heritage to our profession provided by the United States Armed Services. One seat in the program will be reserved for either a veteran or an active military member (active duty, reserve, and National Guard). The military candidate must meet all minimum academic evaluation criteria and complete the nonacademic evaluation. Students should identify themselves as being interested in this seat at the time of Central Application Service for Physician Assistants submission. This is a competitive process.
  • The Butler University PA Program does not require healthcare experience for consideration of admission. However the Program looks to admit individuals with a wide range of backgrounds that may include healthcare experience. While previous healthcare experience or shadowing is not required, it may be useful to the student to help discern his or her interest in and aptitude for this career. (Accreditation Standard A3.15b)
  • International students are important to the fabric of the Butler student community; however, no special consideration is granted for an international student. If a student is looking to study in the United States under an F-1 or J-1 visa, we hope they will consider Butler University. International students must have a TOEFL score and evaluation of any international transcripts. Please note that this takes additional time. Deadlines will not be extended for these purposes. A TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based test) or 79 (internet-based test) meets Butler University’s English language proficiency requirements. Butler’s TOEFL school code is 1073. World Education Services or Educational Credential Evaluators must evaluate all international transcripts. Please contact PAadmission@butler.edu for guidance and/or questions regarding TOEFL or credential and/or transcript evaluation.

Contact PAadmission@butler.edu for any additional questions. Variances may be approved at the discretion of the PA Program Admission Committee. 

Selective Internal Admission Pathway—CASPA Application Cycles of 2020–2021, 2021–2022, and 2022–2023

The following Selective Internal Pathway application requirements will be in effect for applicants in the following CASPA Application Cycles of 2020–2021, 2021–2022, and 2022–2023.

The Selective Internal Admission Pathway is designed for Butler University alumni and current students of any major who would like to pursue a Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree.

This is a competitive process, as the Program generally targets up to 60 percent of each class (45 of 75 students) to be admitted through this pathway. Admission to the PA Program through this pathway requires application through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). The centralized application service website can be found at caspa.liaisoncas.com.

Application Requirements

Candidates must maintain all application requirements of the Selective Internal Pathway through matriculation into the program.

To be eligible to apply through the Selective Internal Admission pathway, candidates must:

  • Complete the CASPA application and submit the application fee. All applications must be marked as complete in CASPA by August 1 in order to be reviewed.
  • Submit transcripts from all colleges/universities (including Butler University) and other postsecondary institutions attended.
  • Have no more than three outstanding prerequisite courses remaining at the time of application. Only one chemistry- or biology-related prerequisite may be outstanding at the time of application. All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to matriculation into the program. See Course Prerequisite List.
  • Earn a bachelor’s degree from Butler University before the start of the PA Program. College seniors are encouraged to apply, provided they will receive a baccalaureate degree prior to the May start date of the PA Program.
  • Earn a 3.2 or higher GPA at the time of application and matriculation into the program on all postsecondary course work (including course work completed at any regionally accredited institutions).
  • Earn no grade of C- or less on first attempt of all courses. All attempts of repeated course work will be included in the GPA calculation. If a C- or less is earned in a repeated course, an applicant is no longer eligible for this application pathway.
  • Take all courses for a letter grade. A grade of “pass” or “complete” is acceptable for non-prerequisite courses if letter grades are not offered for the course.
  • Do not withdraw from a course.
  • Do not audit a prerequisite course prior to taking the course for a grade.
  • Take and submit Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores. General Test scores must be submitted no later than August 1 (Butler University’s GRE Code: 0477) the year prior to matriculation. No other test scores are accepted in lieu of the GRE. The scores must be sent directly from Educational Testing Services to CASPA.
  • Submit three evaluations (letters of recommendation) to CASPA.

Students not eligible to apply via the Selective Internal Admission Pathway may apply to the program via the Standard Admission Pathway.  

Selective Internal Admission Pathway—CASPA Application Cycles of 2023-2024 and Beyond

The following Selective Internal Pathway application requirements will be in effect for applicants in the following CASPA Application Cycles of 2023–2024 and Beyond.

The Selective Internal Admission Pathway is designed for Butler University alumni and current students of any major who would like to pursue a Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree.

This is a competitive process, as the Program will reserve 40 percent of each class to be admitted through this pathway. Admission to the PA Program through this pathway requires application through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). The centralized application service website can be found at caspa.liaisoncas.com.

Application Requirements

Candidates must maintain all application requirements of the Selective Internal Pathway through matriculation into the program.

To be eligible to apply through the Selective Internal Admission pathway, candidates must:

  • Complete CASPA application and submit application fee. All applications must be marked as complete in CASPA by August 1 to be reviewed.
  • Submit transcripts from all colleges/universities (including Butler University) and other postsecondary institutions attended.
  • Have no more than three outstanding prerequisite courses remaining at the time of application. Only one chemistry- or biology-related prerequisite may be outstanding at the time of application.  All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to matriculation into the program. See Course Prerequisite List.
  • Earn a bachelor’s degree from Butler University before the start of the PA Program. College seniors are encouraged to apply, provided they will receive a baccalaureate degree prior to the May start date of the PA Program.
  • Earn a 3.2 or higher GPA at the time of application and matriculation into the program on all postsecondary course work (including course work completed at any regionally accredited institutions).
  • Earn no grade of C- or less on prerequisite courses. A letter grade must be earned and listed on the official transcript for all prerequisite courses. All attempts of repeated course work will be included in the GPA calculation.
  • Take and submit Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores. General Test scores must be submitted no later than August 1 (Butler University’s GRE Code: 0477) the year prior to matriculation. No other test scores are accepted in lieu of the GRE. The scores must be sent directly from Educational Testing Services to CASPA.
  • Submit three evaluations (letters of recommendation) to CASPA.

Students not eligible to apply via the Selective Internal Admission Pathway may apply to the program via the Standard Admission Pathway.  

Standard Admission Pathway

This is a competitive process, as the Program generally accepts 40 percent of each class to be admitted through this pathway. Admission to the Butler University PA Program through the Standard Admission Pathway requires application through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). This centralized application service website can be found at caspa.liaisoncas.com.

Application Requirements

Candidates must maintain all application through matriculation into the program.

  • Complete CASPA application and submit application fee. All applications must be marked as complete in CASPA by August 1 to be reviewed.
  • Submit transcripts from all colleges/universities (including Butler University) and other post-secondary institutions attended.
  • Have no more than three outstanding prerequisite courses remaining at the time of application. Only one chemistry- or biology-related prerequisite may be outstanding at the time of application. All prerequisite courses must be completed prior to matriculation into the program. See Course Prerequisite List.
  • Earn a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution before the start of the PA Program. College seniors are encouraged to apply, provided they will receive a baccalaureate degree prior to the May start date of the PA Program.
  • Earn a 3.2 or higher GPA at the time of application and matriculation into the program on all postsecondary course work (including course work completed at any regionally accredited institutions).
  • Earn no grade of C- or less on prerequisite courses. A letter grade must be earned and listed on the official transcript for all prerequisite courses. All attempts of repeated course work will be included in the GPA calculation.
  • Take and submit Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores. General Test scores must be submitted no later than August 1 (Butler University’s GRE Code: 0477) the year prior to matriculation. No other test scores are accepted in lieu of the GRE. The scores must be sent directly from Educational Testing Services to CASPA.
  • Submit three evaluations (letters of recommendation) to CASPA.

Admission Process

Both the Selective Internal and Standard Admission Pathways are divided into two parts: 1) application review and 2) on-campus interview. As mentioned above, both pathways are highly competitive. Note: The PA Program has the right to change admission and interview processes as it deems appropriate.

Academic Evaluation

All applications for admission meeting prerequisites, application requirements, and the required postsecondary cumulative GPA minimum of 3.2 will be reviewed. All questions in the application must be answered fully. Further review of an application may include the Biology, Chemistry, and Physics GPA as calculated by CASPA. The PA Admission Committee will review the application to determine excellence in leadership, service, or scholarship (research and/or publications) and effective written communication skills. It is the Program’s desire to establish a cohort of individuals with a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. All applications must be marked as “complete” by August 1 in order to be reviewed. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible to avoid the crush of applications that occurs near the August 1 deadline. The GRE score must be provided to CASPA at the time of application. Candidates are welcome to take the GRE multiple times. If the GRE is taken on more than one occasion, the highest earned quantitative and verbal subscores will be used in the admission review process. A competitive average GPA and GRE for those students matriculating each year is dependent on the cohort. The mean scores for a typical class are GPA: 3.78, Composite GRE: 307, Quantitative GRE: 153, Verbal GRE: 153, Written GRE: 4.23.

On-Campus Interview

COPHS faculty, staff, alumni, active preceptors, and/or community-based PAs evaluate candidates during the on-campus interview. Candidates invited to interview on campus will have multiple interactions. Candidates will complete a series of stations that are generally task-oriented or interview-based. The stations are designed to assess candidates for characteristics necessary to be successful within this program and/or discernment to the PA profession. Candidates are ranked based on their cumulative scores from station evaluators.

Offers of Admission

The decision to admit students into the PA Program will be made by the PA Program Admission Committee. (Accreditation Standard A2.05b) After the on-campus interview process, selected candidates will be extended a conditional offer of admission into the Butler University PA Program, generally via email. The candidate will have one week from the date of conditional offer of admission to accept the offer and submit a nonrefundable $1,000 deposit to secure a seat within the Program. The Office of Student Accounts will apply the deposit to the candidate’s tuition. The candidate must meet all University and PA Program prerequisites and requirements at the time of matriculation to enter into the program.

Application Timeline

The following timeline should provide guidance to those interested in applying to the PA Program. The Program has the right to change timelines as it deems appropriate. Please contact PAadmission@butler.edu for additional admission questions. Applicants should note that verification of the CASPA application can take 3–4 weeks. We encourage applications to be submitted early in the admission cycle to avoid issues that cannot be resolved in a timely manner based on the CASPA verification process.

Late April CASPA application available
August 1 All materials must be received and marked complete by CASPA*
May–September Application review of candidates
October/November On-campus interview of selected candidates
November/December Conditional offers of admission to selected applicants

* The Butler University PA Program encourages all applicants to complete the Transcript Entry portion of the CASPA application so as not to delay application completion processes.

Prerequisites

Students must complete the following course prerequisites with no grade of C- or lower to be considered for admission to the PA Program. (Accreditation Standards A3.13b, d) Earned Advanced Placement exam scores of 4 or 5 or International Baccalaureate exam scores of 5 to 7 may substitute for prerequisite courses. Appropriately earned AP or IB scores may replace no more than two prerequisite courses. Applicants should submit official copies of exam scores with applications to PAadmission@butler.edu.

  • Chemistry
    • General/Inorganic/Analytical with lab (2 courses)
    • Organic with lab (1 course)
    • Additional chemistry course at or above the 300 level (1 course)
  • Biology
    • Any biology-related course at or above the 200 level (5 courses). Examples might include but are not limited to anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, genetics, microbiology, immunology, physics, bioengineering, biomedical science, exercise science, neuroscience, zoology, and nutrition.
  • Statistics/Biostatistics
    • Any course (1 course)
  • Social Sciences
    • Any combination of psychology or sociology courses (2 courses)

For information about prerequisite fulfillment, course equivalencies, and unofficial transcript reviews, send inquiries to PAadmission@butler.edu.