Master of Physician Assistant

Before applying to the Master in Physician Assistant Studies degree program, you should review the admission requirements. Review of this material will help you determine your suitability for the program and what materials you will need to submit for a successful application.

  • Accreditation Status

    The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Indiana University School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program sponsored by Indiana University. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.


    Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be March 2027. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

  • Admission Emphasis

    Consistent with the Indiana University Physician Assistant Program mission to be responsive to the needs of medically underserved communities of the State of Indiana, we will be seeking applicants with:

    Strong academic preparation:

    • Strong performance in admission prerequisite coursework.
    • Strong performance in undergraduate program coursework.
    • Strong performance on the GRE.
    • Ability to learn in an accelerated academic environment.
    • Self-motivated learners.

    Evidence of dedication to medically-underserved areas and populations:

    • Prior clinical experiences with urban and/or rural medically-underserved populations.
    • Residence in medically underserved Indiana Counties as determined by the Indiana State Department of Health. Indiana Medically Underserved Counties List:
    • Community service activities related to underserved populations.

    Clinical / Professional experience:

    • Background and potential for a career as a clinical PA.
    • Understanding of the role of the Physician Assistant.
    • Levels of clinical responsibility that involve decision-making.
    • Job-related experience and work history.
    • Evidence of good working relationships with other health-care team members and sensitivity in caring for a diverse patient population.
    • Strong references from physicians and other clinical supervisors.

    Preference Points

    • Indiana Residents in who live in Medically Underserved Counties

    In an effort to support the mission of the physician assistant program, which is to prepare our students to practice in both urban and rural medically underserved areas, applicants who live in counties identified by the Indiana State Department of Health as medically underserved will have preference points added to their total score during the file review by the Admissions Committee. Indiana Medically Underserved Counties List:

    • Military / Veterans

    In support of the Federal "Joining Forces" initiative, honorably discharged US military veterans as well as Active Duty, National Guard and Reserve military forces will receive preference points added to their total score during the file review by the Admissions Committee.


  • Application and Selection Process

    All applications and required documentation must be postmarked and in “complete” status with CASPA no later than August 1st.

    Complete applications will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Candidates who are ineligible based on the selection criteria will be notified and will not receive further consideration. Based on the application review, selected candidates will be invited for an interview. Program interviews will occur in October. Participation in an on-campus interview is mandatory.

    Interviews are confirmed on a first-come, first-served basis. Candidates will be notified of their interview status by mid-September.

    The most competitive applicants will likely be those that have surpassed the minimum academic requirements and have a clear understanding of the program mission and the PA profession. Feedback to unsuccessful applicants is limited because of staff availability. Confidentiality issues prohibit giving feedback by telephone.

    A background screening will be required if you are accepted into the Program.