The admission requirements are consistent with the Program mission to prepare competent PAs to serve as primary care providers in rural and/or underserved areas.
Along with the mission, the goal is to improve access to health care, help alleviate shortages of primary care providers and deliver comprehensive, affordable health care services to the people of rural and/or underserved populations. Consequently, acceptance is on a competitive basis with emphasis on the proven adult learner with recent clinical health care experience and an insight and inclination to meet the Program mission. The UND PA Program seeks applicants with:
Academic preparation including:
- Solid achievement in undergraduate coursework
- Quality performance in prerequisite coursework (information found on the Prerequisites page)
- Ability to learn in an adult learner model, or accelerated environment
Dedication and experience with rural and underserved populations including:
- Prior clinical health care experience with rural and underserved populations
- Residence in rural and/or underserved geographic areas
Health care experience including:
- Background and potential for a career as a clinical PA serving the mission of the UND Program
- Understanding of the Physician Assistant role
- Levels of previous clinical health care experience that involve critical thinking and decision making
- Evidence of health care team effectiveness
- Strong references from physicians, physician assistants, and other clinical supervisors
Preference is given to those applicants who demonstrate the following:
- Completion of upper level science prerequisite courses within the past 7 years. The most competitive applicants are those who demonstrate recent proficiency in progressively rigorous prerequisite core science coursework.
- Residents of North Dakota are given highest preference followed by those in surrounding states and the region.
- Work experience or resident of rural or underserved communities.
Please note that decisions of the Admission Committee are not appealable and acceptance into the UND PA Program and successful completion of the program does not imply or guarantee that the student will be able to pass the national certification exam or obtain state licensure upon graduation.