Physician Assistant

ISU Physician Assistant Veteran Outreach

Military EmblemsA quarter of veterans returning from active duty return to a rural area (Dept. Veterans Affairs) which makes them good candidates to train as PAs within the rural communities. ISU is a cost effective option for military medics, corpsmen, and other professionals to pursue a career as a Physician Assistant. Developing this relationship is an effort to foster a direct link of excellent PA candidates to this program.

Read about some considerations for potential veteran applicants or active duty individuals

The CASPA cycle for PA program entry in January 2023 is now open through March 1, 2022.

We are looking for caring, compassionate individuals who want to serve their communities as primary care providers as part of a Physician / PA team. Indiana State’s PA program is designed with evidence-based medicine and culturally sensitive provision of care as guiding principles. We intend to attract and retain a diverse student body.

Program Structure

  • Master’s level program of 93 credit hours accomplished over 7 consecutive semesters beginning every January 
  • 30 students accepted annually
  • Graduates will be qualified to sit for the national certifying exam known as the PANCE. (Successful completion of this exam is required in all states to obtain licensure)
  • A 15 month didactic and 12 month clinical rotations curriculum
  • Clinical sites located throughout Indiana as well as the option of more distant sites upon approval
  • Numerous opportunities for interprofessional education with Indiana State University Physical Therapy, Nursing, and Athletic Training students, as well as IUSM-TH medical students
  • Collaboration with the Rural Health Innovation Collaborative

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  • Apply through the Centralized Application Service for PA’s (CASPA)
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) 3.0 in undergraduate studies
  • Graduate Record Examination* (GRE) (recommended 155 verbal, 155 quantitative, 4.0 Written)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • For prerequisite course work, review Admission Criteria
  • A minimum of 500 hours healthcare / direct patient care experience strongly recommended.
    *EFFECTIVE 2/26/21 UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE* In response to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, the Indiana State University Physician Assistant admissions team continues to strongly recommend 500 hours of healthcare/direct patient care experience (and/or 1000 hours of healthcare/direct patient care + shadowing), and 100 community service hours. However, applications lacking hours in these areas will still be considered until further notice.
  • Pre-PA Courses & Automatic Interview Option for ISU graduates
  • Interview Process
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Cost to Attend

Mission, Accreditation, Goals, and Statistics

Policies and Procedures

The PA Program staff and faculty are dedicated to your educational success. Professional development and intellectual growth are goals each student can attain with the guidance of staff and faculty. Program staff and students both have a responsibility to communicate regularly. Students who encounter issues should contact an advisor as soon as possible. Students must also immediately inform the program of any change in address and/or telephone number in order to maintain proper channels of communication.