Students should use this checklist to complete the CASPA application. The Physician Assistant program will notify students when it is time to complete the Graduate School application online.
Students should complete this checklist after the CASPA application has been approved and the Physician Assistant program has notified them of admission to the program.
|Program Director:||James R. Kilgore, MS, PA-C|
Physician Assistants (PAs) are valuable members of a multidisciplinary healthcare team. The profession was established in 1965 to help physicians provide healthcare services to under-served and rural populations. While the profession remains committed to its historical mission, PAs are now employed in almost all medical and surgical specialties.
PAs are healthcare professionals licensed to practice medicine under the supervision of a physician. Individual state practice laws and hospital bylaws define the scope of practice and prescribing authority of physician assistants. In general, most states authorize PAs to prescribe non-controlled substances and perform any task delegated by a supervising physician.
To be eligible for licensure, PAs must graduate from an accredited physician assistant program and pass the Physician Assistant National Certification Examination (PANCE). To maintain licensure, PAs must complete 100 hours of continuing medical education credits every two years and pass the Physician Assistant National Recertification Examination (PANRE) every six years. PAs may obtain additional training through postgraduate residency programs in subspecialty areas, but these programs are not required for licensure or practice in subspecialty areas.
The mission of the UAB Physician Assistant Program is to provide qualified individuals with the knowledge, skills, and judgment needed to assist physicians in the care of patients in surgical, acute-care, and medical settings. While physician assistants function under the direction of the physicians, they are capable of performing selected tasks autonomously.
The Physician Assistant Program is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA).Back To Top
Diploma–The Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS) degree is awarded by the University of Alabama at Birmingham.Back To Top
Graduates of the UAB PA program are eligible to take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) sponsored by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants to become a certified PA.Back To Top
Fundamental tasks, behaviors, and abilities necessary to successfully complete the academic and clinical requirements of the program and to satisfy licensure/certification requirements have been outlined and are available upon request from the academic program office. Students requesting disability accommodations should contact UAB Disability Support Services (DSS) at 205-934-4205.Back To Top
Course requirements are listed below with semester credit hours shown.Back To Top
|Total credit hours: 15|
|Total credit hours: 16-17|
|Total credit hours: 11|
|Total credit hours: 18|
The clinical component of the curriculum consists of 12 clinical rotations PA 621 – PA 632 (4 credits each) plus Senior Seminar I, II & III, and a Master's Research Project Presentation. Of the 12 clinical rotations, 10 are required and 2 are electives.
(One required clinical rotation in either CVS, Orthopedics, or General Surgery will be an 8 week rotation.)
|Total credit hours: 19|
|Total credit hours: 19|
|Total credit hours: 19|
10 Required Clinical Rotations
|PA 621||Clinical Services I||4|
|PA 622||Clinical Services II||4|
|PA 623||Clinical Service III||4|
|PA 624||Clinical Services IV||4|
|PA 625||Clinical Services V||4|
|PA 626||Clinical Service Vi||4|
|PA 627||Clinical Service VII||4|
|PA 628||Clinical Service VIII||4|
|PA 629||Clinical Service IX||4|
|PA 630||Clinical Service X||4|
|PA 631||Clinical Service XI||4|
|PA 632||Clinical Service XII||4|
2 Elective Clinical Rotations:
- Baccalaureate degree from a regionally-accredited college/university.
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test scores from the Verbal, Quantitative and Analytic sections. Applicants with advanced degrees whose GRE scores are older than 5 years (the time limit that ETS will send scores) can send reports from previously attended graduate programs.
- A minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 (A = 4.0).
- A minimum GPA of 3.0 in natural science courses.
- A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in the program prerequisite courses, with a minimum grade of C in each.
- Technical ability to complete the program (see Essential Requirements and Technical Standards).
- Interview with program faculty.
- Satisfactory screening on health data questionnaire by the UAB Medical Center Student Health Service.
- If accepted, a background check and drug screen are required at program admission and again prior to clinical rotation by school policy.
- The following prerequisites:
Requirements Hours BY 115 Human Anatomy 4 BY 116 Introductory Human Physiology 4 or BY 409 Principles of Human Physiology BY 123 Introductory Biology I 4 BY 124 Introductory Biology II 4 BY 261 Introduction to Microbiology 4 or BY 271 Biology of Microorganisms CH 115
& CH 116
& CH 117
& CH 118
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Laboratory
and General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Laboratory (CH 105, CH 106, CH 107, CH 108 accepted)
8 PY 214
& PY 217
& AHS 360
& MA 180
Elementary Statistical Methods and Design
and Laboratory for Elem Stats Methods and Design
and Statistics for Healthcare Managers
and Introduction to Statistics (PY 217, AHS 360 preferred, MA 180 accepted)
10 PY 101 Introduction to Psychology 3 or PY 201 Honors Introduction to Psychology PY 212 Developmental Psychology 3 PY 218 Abnormal Psychology 3
Applicants are evaluated on the following criteria:
Academics - Overall GPA, Science GPA, Prerequisite Grades and GRE Scores.
Clinical Experience- Although not required for admission into the program, experience in health care settings, (providing direct patient care and/or surgical experience) is considered in the application score.
Personal statement- Applicants are evaluated on the quality of their personal statement.
Letters of support- Three (3) letters of support are reviewed and considered.
The PA Program is committed to recruiting and matriculating minority and disadvantaged students for careers as physician assistants.
Listed below are the mid-range scores of students admitted into the program. These scores are provided so that applicants can assess their competitiveness.
|Class Cohort||Verbal GRE||Quant. GRE||Analyt. GRE||Science GPA||Overall GPA|
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This program participates in the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). Please consult www.caspaonline.org for more information regarding specific CASPA application requirements, procedures and fees. The CASPA application needs to be completed by September 1 of the year prior to admission. Applicants should send all CASPA application materials (except official GRE scores) directly to CASPA. CASPA will verify the application information and send completed applications to the program. Applicants should make arrangements to send official GRE scores directly to the UAB Graduate School. The GRE code is 1856.
After completing the CASPA application the applicant should complete the UAB PA Supplemental Application. Following the program’s receipt of the CASPA application, official GRE scores, and UAB PA Supplemental Application, the UAB PA Program will review the packet. Completed applications are reviewed by members of the admissions committee. Approximately 100 of the best applicants are selected to interview. Interviews are held in December and in January. Admissions decisions are finalized in February. Students who are accepted to the Physician Assistant program will need to complete the UAB Graduate School application.
- August 31: Last day to take the GRE
- May – September 1: Complete the CASPA application at www.caspaonline.org
- September 7: Postmark deadline for mailing the UAB Supplemental Application
- September – December: Application review
- November, December, and January: Interviews
- February: Admissions decisions finalized
- February – March: Complete the UAB Graduate School Application (admitted and waitlisted students only)
- August: Program starts
|Deadline for All Application Materials to be received by the CASPA:||Completed applications must be received by the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) no later than September 1 the year prior to the expected term of enrollment|
|Number of Evaluations/ Letter of Recommendations Required:||Three|
|Entrance Tests:||GRE (TOEFL is required for international applicants whose native language is not English.)|
Scholarships available to students enrolled in the Physician Assistant Program are:
Albert E. Purser Scholarship: A grant for first or second year students with financial need who are permanent residents of Alabama. Contact the program director for an application.
Scholoarship for Disadvantaged Students (SDS): One one-year scholarship is awarded each year to a second year student in the Physician Assistant Program. The scholarship is based on academic merit and financial need, and is disbursed over a three-semester period.
Henry L. Laws Scholarship Loan: A loan for a first or second-year student in good academic standing and a demonstrated financial need. The amount of the loan varies, and it is only awarded once to a student. The loan is established and supported by alumni. Contact the program director for an application.
Earl W. Hall Loan: Seniors with an emergency financial need may apply for this low-interest loan. Contact the program director for further details.
For detailed information, contact:
CDS Admissions Physician Assistant Program
University of Alabama at Birmingham, SHPB 430
Birmingham, Alabama 35294-1212
Telephone: (205) 934-3209
Web address: http://www.uab.edu/shp/cds/academic/graduate/spa
PA 601. Human Gross Anatomy. 4 Hours.
Course provides a comprehensive survey of the gross anatomy of the human along with functional and applied anatomy as it relates to common clinical findings. It utilizes a lecture format and cadaver dissection laboratory sessions.
PA 601L. Human Gross Anatomy Lab. 0 Hours.
Human cadaver dissection laboratory for PA 601.
PA 602. Medical Physiology. 4 Hours.
Course emphasizes the normal function and control of various systems within the human body. The principles taught will serve as a foundation for understanding the etiology, management and prevention of disease processes.
PA 603. Pharmacology I. 3 Hours.
Course provides students with the pharmacologic knowledge needed to begin practice as primary care physician assistants. Delivery is via classroom lecture and supplemented with intermittent case studies requiring students to critically evaluate medical conditions and choose safe and effective medications in treating those conditions.
PA 604. Pharmacology II. 3 Hours.
Second and final course in a series that provides students with the pharmacologic knowledge needed to begin practice as primary care physician assistants. Delivered via classroom lecture and supplemented with intermittent case studies requiring students to critically evaluate medicalconditions and choose safe and effective medications in treating those conditions.
Prerequisites: PA 603 [Min Grade: C]
PA 605. Pathology. 3 Hours.
Course is designed to describe the pathologic processes involved in common disorders and diseases; introduce students to the principals of clinical medicine and clinical problem solving; and provide students with the background needed for the clinical courses taught later in the curriculum.
PA 606. Clinical Medicine I. 4 Hours.
Introductory course in human disease and is designed to describethe pathologic processes involved in common disorders and diseases. It introduces students to the principles of clinical medicine and clinical problem solving as well as providing them with the background needed for the medical courses taught later in the curriculum.
Prerequisites: PA 601 [Min Grade: C] and PA 602 [Min Grade: C] and PA 605 [Min Grade: C] and PA 610 [Min Grade: C]
PA 607. Clinical Medicine II. 6 Hours.
Course presents the diagnosis and management of the most common clinical problems seen by primary care practitioners. This last course employs an organ systems approach incorporating relevant anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, pathology, radiology and nutrition into each section.
Prerequisites: PA 606 [Min Grade: C]
PA 608. Surgical Disease I. 3 Hours.
Course introduces students to common surgical disorders with early emphasis on physiologic changes, medical requirements and evaluation of patients before, during, and after surgery. It also provides basic instruction in the diagnosis, management, and complications associated with common surgical gastrointestinal and urogenital disorders.
Prerequisites: PA 601 [Min Grade: C]
PA 609. Surgical Disease II. 3 Hours.
Course delivered via didactic instruction and focuses on the pre-operative evaluation and diagnosis, and post-operative management and treatment of common disorders of the heart, lungs, and vascular systems.
Prerequisites: PA 608 [Min Grade: C]
PA 610. Clinical Lab Medicine. 3 Hours.
An introduction to laboratory diagnostics with an emphasis on pathology, microbiology, hematology, and clinical chemistry. Course utilizes lecture format, specimen handling in a clinical laboratory as well as cost effective diagnostic algorithms in problem-based case scenarios.
PA 610L. Clinical Laboratory Medicine Lab. 0 Hours.
Lab for PA 610 Clinical Laboratory Medicine.
PA 611. History and Physical Examination I. 2-3 Hours.
First course in a series of two that provides students with the skills necessary to elicit a comprehensive medical history, perform a complete physical examination and systematically report thier findings. A variety of teaching formats are utilized including: lectures, small group activities, video productions, and simulated patients.
PA 611L. History and Physical Examination I Lab. 0 Hours.
Laboratory required for PA 611 History and Physical Examination I.
PA 612. History and Physical Examination II. 3 Hours.
Final course in a two-part series that will provide students with the skillnecessary to elicit a comprehensive medical history, perform a complete physical examination and systematically report their findings.
Prerequisites: PA 611 [Min Grade: C]
PA 612L. History and Physical Examination II Lab. 0 Hours.
Laboratory component for PA 612.
PA 613. Surgical Techniques. 3 Hours.
Provides didactic instruction and appliad technical skills in surgical techniques and various invasive medical procedures. An animal sugery laboratory, using live pigs is an essential component.
Prerequisites: PA 601 [Min Grade: C]
PA 614. Operating Room Techniques. 2 Hours.
Final course in a series providing didactic instruction and applied technical skills in surgical techniques and various invasive medical procedures. PA 614 places students in operating rooms in Birmingham area hospitals where they are taught the basics in surgical first assisting.
Prerequisites: PA 613 [Min Grade: C]
PA 615. Intro to the Profession. 1 Hour.
Course is designed to introduce students to the Physician Assistant profession and to prepare them to practice as professionals in a physician/PA/patient team. It will cover roles and responsibilities of thePA including their expected legal and moral behavior, their understanding of laws governing their practice and their ethical responsibilities in being health care professionals. The course will also teach students to respect the health, safety, welfare, and dignity of all human beings and to assess their own personal capabilities and limitations, striving always to improve thier medical practice.
PA 616. Electrocardiography. 1 Hour.
Course presents the basic concepts needed to interpret the electrocardiogram and will provide opportunities to develop interpretive skills through analysis of rhythm strips and 12-lead electrocardiograms. Upon completeion of the course, students will be able to systematically interpret basic rhythm strips and 12-lead electrocardiograms.
PA 617. Applied Behavioral Medicine. 2 Hours.
Course introduces students to human behavior, strategies and issues surrounding health education and theoretical models of how to change human behavior. This knowledge will enable students to incorporate health promotion and disease prevention strategies in their daily clinical practice to the benefit of their patients.
PA 618. Risk Management. 1 Hour.
Course provides an introduction to the legal, political and professional issues affecting physician assistant practice.
PA 619. Fundamentals of Clinical Research. 3 Hours.
Course provides students with the foundation of epidemiologic measuresthe reason for patterns of disease occurrence, the principles of medical surveillance, the methods for investigating disease outbreaks and the principles of diagnostic tests. Students will review study designs, the roles of variability and bias in the interpretation of scientific literature and the principles of clinical decision-making based on the medical literature.
PA 620. Analysis of Professional Literature. 2 Hours.
This course is designed to prepare students to critically evaluate medical literature and use as basia for making medical decisions.
PA 621. Clinical Services I. 4 Hours.
PA 622. Clinical Services II. 4 Hours.
PA 623. Clinical Service III. 4 Hours.
PA 624. Clinical Services IV. 4 Hours.
PA 625. Clinical Services V. 4 Hours.
PA 626. Clinical Service Vi. 4 Hours.
PA 627. Clinical Service VII. 4 Hours.
PA 628. Clinical Service VIII. 4 Hours.
PA 629. Clinical Service IX. 4 Hours.
PA 630. Clinical Service X. 4 Hours.
PA 631. Clinical Service XI. 4 Hours.
PA 632. Clinical Service XII. 4 Hours.
PA 633. Special topics in Physician Assistant Studies. 2-4 Hours.
Selected advanced topics of current scientific, clinical, and professional importance; specific topics designed to meet student need and interest.
PA 634. Simulated Clinical Concepts. 1 Hour.
Laboratory simulated clinical experience to provide supervised practice in clinical skills, practical procedures, teamwork, patient management, and decision making in preparation for the student¿s clinical year.
PA 637. Special Topics in Physician Assistant Studies. 2-4 Hours.
Selected advanced topics of current scientific, clinical and professional importance; specific topics designed to meet student need and interest.
PA 638. Senior Seminar I. 3 Hours.
This course is the first in a tree course series designed to provide didatic instruction to prepare students for Physician Assistant Program.
PA 639. Senior Seminar Series II. 3 Hours.
This course is the second in a three course series designed to provide didactic instruction to prepare students for the Physician Assistant National Certification Exam (PANCE). The content areas for this course include common problems in the musculoskeletal, HEENT, reproductive, endocrine, and neurologic systems. Course instruction will consist primarily of student PowerPoint presentations. Each student will be expected to give two 25 - 30 minute lectures on pre-assigned topics and prepare an accompanying one page outline summarizing important points. Student lectures may be supplemented by case-based presentations and professional development lectures.
PA 640. Senior Seminar III. 2 Hours.
This course is the third in a three course series designed to provide didactic instruction to prepare students for the Physician Assistant National Certification Exam (PANCE). The content areas for theis course include common problems in the psychiatric, substance abuse, genitourinary, anemia, leukemia and skin disorders.
|Baddley, John, Associate Medical Director; Infectious Disease|
|Caruthers, Kara, Assistant Professor; Emergency Medicine|
|Drace, William R., Assistant Professor; Director of Admissions; Cardiothoracic Surgery|
|Harrelson, Paul M., Assistant Professor, Associate Program Director; Pain Management|
|Jennings, Patricia R., Professor; Infectious Diseases.|
|Maday, Kristopher, Assistant Professor; Trauma|
|Reiff, Donald, Medical Director; Trauma|
|Swatzell, Kelley, Assistant Professor; Public Health|