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PA Admission Information

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. After reading the information regarding the admission process, please contact PAadmission@butler.edu for any additional questions that you might have. 

PA Program Admission Goal Statement

To Select highly qualified applicants through the admission process who will successfully complete our PA Program.

Prerequisites

The Butler University PA Program has several prerequisites that must be met to gain admission:

Grade Point Average (GPA):

The minimum eligible overall GPA for all undergraduate coursework must be a 3.2 at the time of application and matriculation into the program. The current average for those admitted in 2017 is 3.72.

Courses

Students must complete the course prerequisites listed below with no grade of “C-” or less to be considered for admission to the PA program.

Earned Advanced Placement exam scores of 4 or 5 or International Baccalaureate exam scores of a 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 copies of exam scores with applications to PAadmission@butler.edu.

For information about prerequisite fulfillment, course equivalencies, and unofficial transcript reviews, please contact the PA Admission Office at PAadmission@butler.edu.

Healthcare Experience

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.

Graduate Records Exam (GRE)

The PA Program requires a GRE score and must be provided to CASPA at the time of application (Butler University's CASPA GRE Code: 0477). Currently there is not a minimum GRE score required. The current average GRE scores for those admitted in 2017 is Quantitative: 157, Verbal: 156, and Written: 4.2.

Technical Standards

Technical standards are essential functions that students must demonstrate to fulfill the requirements of the PA Program and thus are prerequisites for entrance, continuation, and graduation from the Program. It is the responsibility of each applicant to affirm that they meet these technical standards upon entrance to the PA Program. The Technical Standards for admission and retention to the College are included in the College Student Handbook.

It is the policy of the Butler University to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified students with a disability so they can meet these required technical standards. Whether or not a requested accommodation is reasonable will be determined on an individual basis. Determining what is a reasonable accommodation is an interactive process which the candidate should initiate with the PA Program Director in collaboration with Student Disability Services (SDS) and the Dean of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

Prerequisite Courses

  • Chemistry:
    • Inorganic (general) with lab (2 courses)
    • Organic with lab (1 course)
    • Additional chemistry course at or above 300 level (1 course)
  • Biology:
    • Any biology related course at or above 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, nutrition.
  • Statistics/Biostatistics:
    • Any course (1 course)
  • Social Sciences:
    • Any combination of psychology or sociology courses (2 courses)

Candidates must have no more than 3 outstanding prerequisite courses remaining at the time of application. Only one Chemistry or Biology related prerequisite may be outstanding at the time of application.

Standard Admission Pathway

This is a competitive process, as the Program generally accepts 40% of each class (30 of 75 students) to be admitted through this pathway. Admission to the Butler University PA Program requires application through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA)

Application Requirements

  • Complete CASPA application and submit 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 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.
  • 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 May start date of the PA Program.
  • Earn a 3.2 or higher grade point average at the time of application and matriculation into the Program on all undergraduate course work.
    • Including all coursework completed at any regionally accredited institutions.
  • Earn no grade of a "C-" or less on 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 CASPA 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.

Special Considerations

The following admission and enrollment practices are followed. 

  • The Butler University Physician Assistant 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. Up to 60% 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.

  • 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 application criteria and must participate in the interview process. Students should identify themselves as being interested in consideration for this "seat" at the time of CASPA application 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. 

  • 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 you will consider Butler University. International students must have a TOEFL score and evaluation of all 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 (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) must evaluate all international transcripts. Please contact PAadmission@butler.edu for guidance and/or questions regarding TOEFL or credential and/or transcript evaluation.

Selective Internal Admission Pathway

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 accepts up to  60% of each class (45 of 75 students) to be admitted through this pathway. Admission to the Butler University PA Program through the Selective Internal Admission Pathway requires application through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA).

Application Requirements

To be eligible to apply, candidates must:

  • Complete 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 post-secondary institutions attended.
  • Have no more than three outstanding prerequisites courses remaining at the time of application.
    • Only one Chemistry or Biology related prerequisite may be outstanding at the time of application.
  • 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 grade point average at the time of application and matriculation into the Program on all undergraduate course work.
    • Including all coursework completed at any regionally accredited institutions.
  • Earn no grade of a “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 CASPA 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 Butler University.

  • Submit three evaluations (letters of recommendation) to CASPA.
  • Remain free of conduct code violations (per COPHS and Butler University policies).

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

Special Considerations

The following admission and enrollment practices are followed.

  • The Butler University Physician Assistant 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. Up to 60% 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.

  • 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 application criteria and must participate in the interview process. Students should identify themselves as being interested in consideration for this "seat" at the time of CASPA application 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.

  • 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 you will consider Butler University. International students must have a TOEFL score and evaluation of all 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 (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) must evaluate all international transcripts. Please contact PAadmission@butler.edu for guidance and/or questions regarding TOEFL or credential and/or transcript evaluation.

Admission Process

Both the Selective Internal and Standard Admission Pathways are divided into two parts: 1) Application Review and 2) On-Campus Interviews. Note:  The PA Program has the right to change admission and interview processes as it deems appropriate.

Application Review

All applications for admission meeting prerequisites, application requirements, and the required undergraduate cumulative grade point average 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 (BCP) 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" in CASPA by August 1 in order to be reviewed. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible to avoid the "volume 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 sub scores 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 five-year average is GPA: 3.8, Composite GRE: 311, Quantitative GRE: 156, Verbal GRE: 155, Written GRE: 4.2. The following are the most recent averages by cohort: 

Cohort

Average GPA

Average Composite GRE Score

Average Quantitative GRE Score

Average Verbal GRE Score

Average Written GRE Score

2017 3.7 314 157 156 4.2
2016 3.8 313 156 156 4.2
2015 3.8 308 154 154 4.2
2014 3.8 307 154 153 4.2
2013 3.9 315 158 157 4.2

On-Campus Interview

College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences 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

Decisions to admit candidates into the PA Program will be made by the PA Program Admission Committee. 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 the conditional offer of admission to accept and submit a non-refundable $1,000.00 deposit to secure a seat within the PA Program. Student Accounts will apply the deposit to the candidate's tuition. The candidate must meet all University and PA Program prerequisites and requirements to enter into the Program.

Application Timeline

The following timeline should provide guidance to those interested in applying to the Program. The PA Program has the right to change timelines, as it deems appropriate. Please contact PAadmission@butler.edu for additional admission questions. 

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 candidates

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

Visit Campus

Master Of PA Studies Information Sessions

Information Sessions are designed for prospective students who are current undergraduate students or those who have already earned a bachelor's degree. Those interested in the program will have an opportunity to shadow a current student, observe a class, and meet with our Assistant Director of PA Admission & Student Services to review transcripts and discuss the admission process. Register Here

Explore Butler: Pharmacy & Health Sciences

Current high school students interested in pursuing a Master of Physician Assistant Studies in the future should register to attend an Explore Pharmacy & Health Sciences Session through the Office of Admission. Register Here

Direct Admit Pathway - No Longer Admitting

The Direct Admit Pathway will be upheld for students who entered Butler University as first year students in 2014, 2015, and 2016. The pathway is not applicable to prospective students for Fall 2017 and beyond.

The Direct Admit Pathway is designed for incoming University first-year students who have discerned to become a PA. Students will complete a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Sciences (BSHS). Students selected in the Direct Admit Pathway that successfully complete all requirements will be offered advancement into the PA Program. These students will not be required to submit the CASPA application or GRE scores, nor will they need to complete the Standard Admission process (Evaluation of Applications or On-Campus Interviews).

Application Requirements

Students within the Direct Admit Program are required to fulfill all criteria listed below to maintain eligibility for direct admission into the PA Program. A student who fails to meet any of the following requirements will lose direct admit status, but will be able to apply to the PA Program using the Selective Internal (if applicable) or the Standard Admission process. The requirements are:

  • Maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.4 at Butler University by January 15 of year of matriculation into the MPAS Program and at the time of matriculation into the MPAS Program.
  • Earn no grade of “C-” or less on first attempt in any course.
    • 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.
    • If a course is offered for a letter grade it must be taken as such and a grade must be received.
    • A grade of "pass" or "complete" is acceptable for non-prerequisite courses, if letter grades are not offered for the course.
  • A student must not withdraw from a course.
  • A student may not audit a prerequisite course prior to taking the course for a grade.
  • Earn a Bachelor of Science in Health Science degree no later than the spring semester of the 5th academic year from matriculation into the BSHS program. Students will matriculate into the MPAS program in May at the beginning of the summer semester.
  • Maintain full-time enrollment during fall and spring semesters.
  • Remain free of conduct code violations (per COPHS and Butler University policies).
  • Submit Intent to Enroll Confirmation Form and $1000.00 non-refundable deposit by January 15 of the year of matriculation into the MPAS program.

Students conditionally accepted into the BSHS–PA direct admit program are scheduled to matriculate into the Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program in May after four complete years of undergraduate study. A specific position is held for each of these students. Failure to submit the Intent to Enroll Confirmation Form and $1000.00 deposit by January 15 of the year of matriculation, will be interpreted as a withdrawal of your position in the Program.

Graduating with a BSHS degree in Less than Four Years

If a student will receive the Bachelor’s degree in less than four years, he/she can request permission from the PA Program Admission Committee to enter the MPAS program early. This request must be submitted to PAadmission@butler.edu by November 1 of the fall semester a year and a half prior to the desired matriculation date. The PA Program Admission Committee will review submissions including the requestor’s academic standing to determine if permission will be granted. This is a competitive process as a limited number of positions may be available for this early admission.  Students will be notified by January 15 of the year prior to the desired matriculation date if they have been granted permission to enter the MPAS program early.

Graduating with BSHS in More than Four years

Students who need additional time to complete the undergraduate BSHS degree must notify the PA Program Admission Committee by November 1 of the fall term prior to their original matriculation date. A student must complete his/her degree by the end of the spring term of the 5th academic year and maintain full-time enrollment. When notifying the Admission Committee the student must also submit a detailed schedule of planned courses for review. This notification must be submitted to PAadmission@butler.edu.

Withdrawing from the PA Program Direct Admit Pathway

Some students may discern a different career than that of a PA or choose to attend a different program. If you wishes to remove him/herself from the PA Direct Admit Pathway, please notify the PA Program as soon as this decision is made. You can send notification to PAadmission@butler.edu

Automatic Withdraw from PA Program Direct Admit Pathway

Candidates not meeting Direct Admit Pathway requirements will be automatically removed.

Special Considerations

The following admission and enrollment practices are followed:

  • The Butler University Physician Assistant 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. Up to 60% 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.

  • 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 application criteria and must participate in the interview process. Students should identify themselves as being interested in consideration for this "seat" at the time of CASPA application 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. 

  • 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 you will consider Butler University. International students must have a TOEFL score and evaluation of all 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 (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) must evaluate all international transcripts. Please contact PAadmission@butler.edu for guidance and/or questions regarding TOEFL or credential and/or transcript evaluation.