How to Apply

University of Michigan-Flint’s Physician Assistant Program uses the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) and adheres to CASPA's Admissions Code of Conduct.

Before beginning your CASPA application, please review the program admissions requirements. All verified CASPA applicants will receive and must submit, a University of Michigan-Flint Graduate Supplemental Application to receive full admissions consideration.

What are the Application Requirements?

A number of prerequisites apply to students seeking to join the PA Program. Be sure to read the details prerequisites located under the Admissions tab before beginning your application. 

CASPA applications must include the following items to be eligible for consideration. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended in the United States

    • All prerequisite coursework must be completed before a student submits the CASPA application. 
    • Bachelor degree from a regionally accredited college or university completed prior to the January start date with a minimum CASPA-calculated overall cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0. The undergraduate degree may be in any field of study.
    • If coursework was completed at a non-US institution, students must obtain a course-by-course evaluation of their transcripts by World Education Services (WES) or Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE).
    • Applicants may request that their last 60 undergraduate credit hours be used to calculate the cumulative GPA. To request the waiver complete the Physician Assistant Admissions Waiver Request form, prior to August 12 (early decision), and December 15 (regular decision). Once your request has been reviewed, you will receive an email containing the request decision.  Please upload any approved requests to your CASPA application before submission.

    • If any science courses were completed greater than seven years prior to the time of application submission, a seven-year Prerequisite Science Course Waiver Request must be obtained. If you believe you qualify for a seven-year waiver, complete the Physician Assistant Admissions Waiver Request form, prior to August 12 (early decision), and December 15 (regular decision). Once your request has been reviewed, you will receive an email containing the request decision. Please upload any approved requests to your CASPA application before submission.

  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
    • Minimum acceptable GRE scores are:

      • 285 combined verbal and quantitative, 3.5 writing score
    • GRE scores are valid for five years at the time of application submission.
    • Early Decision: September 1 and Regular Decision: January 15
    • If there is more than one GRE score, the test with the highest combined score will be used for admission decisions.
    • Scores considered must be from the same date of exam.
    • UM-Flint CASPA GRE Designated Institution code: 4374
  • Three letters of recommendation
    • Letters of recommendation should be from persons who can attest to your potential as a PA, preferably from health professionals and/or college professors.
    • Recommendation letters from family members or friends will not be accepted.
    • One letter of recommendation should be from a supervisor who confirms the health care experience hours submitted.
  • Personal statement
  • Volunteer Experience (if applicable)
  • Shadowing Experience (if applicable)
  • Health Care Experience: 500 hours of hands-on direct patient care.
    • Examples here of accepted experience.
    • Paid health care experience is preferred due to the level of responsibility and duties afforded in these positions. Volunteer health care experience may be considered, but paid, supervised health care experience is strongly encouraged.
    • One letter of recommendation from a health care experience supervisor to confirm the hours submitted.
    • Hours must be completed before submission to CASPA and should occur within two years prior to application submission.
    • Due to the competitive nature of PA admissions, earning additional health-related hours is advised. When evaluating hands-on health care hours, we consider the use of medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiologic concepts in the work experience.
    • Health clinician shadowing and hours gained through student clinical experiences are not accepted toward the Health Care Experience hour requirement.

Submit the following directly to UM-Flint by the Deadline.

(Early Decision-September 1, Regular Decision- March 1)

  • $55 UM-Flint Supplemental Application Fee (paid online).
  • CASPer Test
    • Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics.
    • Visit, complete the American Professional Health Sciences (CSP10101)
    • Test is only valid for one admission cycle
    • Please direct any inquiries on the test to More info on the CASPer Test can be found here.
    • Email to have scores sent directly to UM-Flint.
  • Official transcripts and diplomas or certificates of graduation from any colleges and universities you have attended from outside the United States (do not send to CASPA).
  • Students with coursework completed outside of the United States must have their international transcripts evaluated by WES or ECE. The completed course-by-course transcript evaluation from WES or ECE must be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Programs.
  • If English is not your native language: Applicants can meet English proficiency either by taking the TOEFL or earning a baccalaureate degree from the United States, Canada, or Great Britain. Details below:  

    • Official and valid Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores are required of all applicants whose first language is not English and/or do not have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited United States institution, or a baccalaureate degree from Canada or Great Britain. This is required regardless of the official language of the country of origin or the predominant language of attended educational institutions. 
    • A minimum total TOEFL internet-based testing score of 94, with a speaking score of 26 is required. TOEFL scores are only valid for two years from the test date. Scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to the University of Michigan-Flint. Official TOEFL score reports must be submitted and received by the MSPA application deadline of March 1. You should allow at least four weeks for scores to be received from the date of the test. Any scores received after March 1 will not be validated for the current admission cycle. 
  • Additional documentation if you are an international student seeking a student visa. Visit the International Students page for details.

Preference Factors

  1. In keeping with the UM-Flint PA Program emphasis on public health, applicants who meet the admission minimum requirements and are enrolled or graduated from the UM-Flint Public Health and Health Sciences, Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences Pre-PA track, will be offered an interview. UM-Flint College of Arts and Sciences students who are enrolled in the Pre-Physician Assistant Tracks with declared minors in public health and meet all minimum requirements will also receive an invitation for an interview