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Admission to the PA Program is based on evaluation of those applicant qualities and experiences which advance the program's mission. Highest consideration is given to those applicants who:
|General Biology/Molecular Cell Biology with lab*||4 credits|
|General Chemistry I & II with lab*||8 credits|
|Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II with lab*||8 credits|
|English: AP credits detailed on transcript will be accepted||6 credits|
Prerequisite courses denoted with an * must be completed within the last 10 years. Credit hours are based on the semester system. Additionally, all prerequisite courses must be completed with grades of ‘C’ or better. Unless otherwise noted, Pass/Fail, AP credit, and IB credit will not be accepted to fulfill the prerequisites course requirements. All courses and degrees must be completed at a regionally accredited institution. It is your responsibility to ensure the institution is regionally accredited before taking classes.
The University of New Mexico Physician Assistant Program Admission Committee historically has required that all prerequisite courses be completed by August 1 of the application year. Though this remains preferable, beginning with the 2017 admissions cycle, applicants will be considered for admissions with one prerequisite course outstanding. This course must be completed with a B grade or better by December of the application year. Applicants chosen for admission, who do not complete the prerequisite course with the required grade, will forfeit their admissions status and will be required to reapply.
We strongly recommend that prerequisite science courses be limited to a maximum of two on-line courses. Under unique and special circumstances - active military deployment, living and working in a remote area that does not have a regionally accredited institution - we will consider, on a case-by-case basis, accepting more than two on-line courses.
All highly recommended courses must be taken within the last 10 years. Additional points can be earned by completing up to six of the following course groupings with a grade of B- or higher from a regionally accredited institution:
We require a minimum of 500 contact hours of direct patient care experience in either a patient care setting or a significant community care environment. Hands-on patient care experience is preferred. The more time invested the better. This can be in a paid position or as a volunteer. More information defining direct patient care experience can be found on CASPA's website. It is also beneficial to gain significant community or cross cultural experience in fields outside healthcare.
Applicants should attempt to work with or shadow a Physician Assistant whenever possible to better understand the details of the occupation. Shadowing is not a competitive manner to fulfill the clinical experience requirement.
Advanced placement courses are not accepted for the fulfillment of any requirements, including pre-requisite courses. CLEP exams cannot fulfill any course requirements.
Application for admission is made through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). The application and all supporting documents must be submitted to CASPA by August 1 each year for the class starting the following June. Applicants are encouraged to check the status of their CASPA application through the CASPA portal on a weekly basis. Please apply early as CASPA may take up to 5 weeks to process the application. The UNM PA Program will send out a supplemental application via email to applicants selected to move on in the admissions process. A separate application to UNM is required upon acceptance into the program, if not currently enrolled in a masters program.
Students are admitted once a year with classes beginning in June.
Top Ten CASPA Application Errors by Physician Assistant Education Association
CASPA for Applicants from PAEA on Vimeo. An overview of the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants for students interested in applying to PA school.
Presented by Danielle Di Silvestro, Director of Applicant & Student Services at PAEA.
CASPA has a dedicated team that will help you with the application process. Please direct your questions to the CASPA Customer Service Team. The Customer Service information is listed below. For CASPA Customer Service:
Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 9am - 5pm ET
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org - When contacting via email, applicants should include their full name, CASPA ID number and a detailed question.
The technical standards set forth by the Physician Assistant Program reflect the minimal capabilities considered essential for practice as a physician assistant. Candidates for admission to the Physician Assistant Program must be able to meet the following technical standards, with or without reasonable accommodations:
The PA Program is cognizant of its responsibilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Accordingly, if any applicant with a disability has any questions or needs with respect to the above standards he/she should contact the Director of the PA Program at (505) 272-9864.
|Female||76%||Overall Average GPA||3.68|
|Male||24%||Average Science GPA||3.68|
|Residency||Graduate Record Exam|
|Resident of NM||88%||GRE Verbal||151|
|Non-resident||12%||GRE Quantitative Scores||150|
|GRE Analytical Scores||3.9|
|Ethnic Breakdown||Direct Patient Care Hours|
|White||76%||Direct Patient Care Average||7,199 hours|
|Spanish/Hispanic/Latino/Latina||47%||Direct Patient Care Range||578 - 50,100|
|Black of African American||0%|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||6%|
|Average Age||27||Community Experience Average||667 hours|
What to Expect:
If English is not your first language or if English is not the official language of your home country, you must demonstrate English language proficiency. Most applicants will need to submit official English proficiency test scores that are less than 2 years old.
The UNM PA Program adheres to the UNM Demonstrated Proficiency in English policy. Please see English Language Requirements to review the English Proficiency Test Requirements and the exceptions to the English Proficiency Test Requirements.