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Online applications for summer incoming classes in the Master of Health Services — Physician Assistant Studies Degree Program are available through Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). Applications open each year in late April and close at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern time) July 15.

  • A bachelor's degree*
  • A minimum bachelor's-degree GPA of 3.0
  • A minimum 2.7 GPA in all science prerequisite coursework  is required
  • A minimum of 1,000 hours of paid or volunteer experience in a clinical environment with direct patient exposure
  • Statement of purpose submitted through CASPA, additional essays required for the UC Davis Graduate Studies Application
  • The application process may require an interview
  • The GRE is not required
  • TOEFL (international graduates only)
  • Three letters of recommendation - refer to CASPA website - for more information
  • Official transcripts from each institution attended (submitted online through CASPA website)
  • International graduate requirements
  • FAQs

*You may apply to the P.A. program with an in-progress degree as long as your degree is completed by spring quarter or semester during the year you submit an application. For example, an applicant who applies to the summer 2020 P.A. cohort must graduate no later than June 2019 for admission consideration. Applicants are welcome to apply in spring 2019 while they complete their last quarter or semester and while they await degree conferral on their transcript. Spring graduates who do not have a verified degree listed on their CASPA application by the July 15 deadline should work with their degree-granting institutions to send an updated transcript to CASPA as soon as their degrees are conferred. A transcript with a conferred bachelor’s degree must be received by CASPA no later than Sep. 30th in order to continue to be considered for admission.

Admission is competitive. Students applying for the physician assistant program must complete a Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) application and meet selection criteria. Following that process, a select pool of qualified applicants will receive an invitation to apply to the UC Davis Graduate Studies application. All invited applicants must meet UC Davis graduate admissions requirements.

All prerequisites are required at the college level from an accredited school and must be included on the submitted transcript as part of the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) application process. Prerequisites may not be in progress at the time of application submission. Each prerequisite is expected to be one full course, either a quarter or a semester, and a minimum of three units, depending on the location where it was completed. Completion of prerequisite coursework from an accredited, online academic institution is acceptable. Advanced Placement scores awarded in high school do NOT fulfill prerequisites. All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of C or better:

  • One course in human anatomy with lab
  • One course in human physiology with lab
  • Or human anatomy and physiology series: Part I and Part II with lab  
    (NOTE: Mammalian, vertebrate or animal anatomy or physiology do not fulfill this requirement.)
  • One course in chemistry with lab 
  • One course in microbiology or bacteriology with lab
  • One course in English composition
  • Two courses in social sciences. Ideal courses provide exposure to human or organizational behavior — such as psychology, sociology, ethnic studies, women's studies or cultural anthropology. 
    (NOTE: Social science courses may be completed in two different subject areas or within the same subject area.)

* It is desired that the human anatomy and human physiology prerequisite courses be completed within the past five years of the date of application. Competitive applicants should self-assess their strengths. If it has been a number of years since courses were completed, applicants may want to consider retaking them.

Visit the P.A. FAQ page for additional details about the physician assistant program requirements and prerequisites. 

View sample P.A. prerequisites.

Each student admitted to the physician assistant program at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing receives generous financial support for tuition, fees and additional expenses. Students receive financial support of up to 20 percent of program tuition and fees, which is supplemented by scholarships from generous donors to the school.

A primary goal of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing is to address the growing need for nursing faculty. The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation's $100 million commitment and additional scholarship sources provide financial support for tuition, fees and additional expenses to students.

Scholarships enable the School of Nursing to recruit and recognize outstanding graduate students early in their careers, to allow time to make a significant difference through their work, research and scholarship. This support ensures the most qualified, diverse and driven prospective students receive opportunities to continue their education without the worry of significant tuition costs and loss of income.

All Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership students are encouraged to seek a variety of forms of financial support and it is essential for students to apply as early as possible. Financial packages are finalized with each offer of admission.

Tuition and fees

Tuition and fees for the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Degree Program are set by the Regents of the University of California and can change without notice. Tuition is based on residency as well as degree type (i.e. academic or professional). The Master of Health Services – Physician Assistant Studies Program is a Self-Supporting Degree Program (SSDP). For more information, visit the Office of Budget and Institutional Analysis, professional degrees.

UC Davis internal fellowships

There are a variety of fellowships available for students with varying backgrounds, research interests and undergraduate majors. These fellowships are competitive funds for graduate students across the entire UC Davis campus. Please check if you qualify for any of the current funding opportunities. For more information, visit UC Davis Graduate Studies, Internal Fellowship.

General financial aid resources

Information about various financial aid resources available for clinical education (grants, scholarships, fellowships, loan programs and short-term loans) is provided through the UC Davis Health Financial Aid Office. There are different procedures for applying for each type of financial assistance and they are not program-specific to the School of Nursing.

Both federal and state resources provide a range of flexible repayment options, including, but not limited to, income-based and income-contingent repayment plans, as well as loan-forgiveness benefits. Other forms of assistance, such as short-term and interest-free loans, are also available to enrolled students. A member of the UC Davis Health Financial Aid Office can answer questions regarding these programs and discuss how to best meet your financial aid needs.

Students are encouraged to seek private scholarships and external funding. For more information, visit the UC Davis Graduate Studies External Support Resources page. There are also several online scholarship databases. One example is collegeboard.org.

Check out these scholarship, award and loan repayment options that are established by private organizations.

The physician assistant program is a self-supporting degree program. Students are not eligible for California-state-supported fellowships such as the College Tuition Fee Waiver for Veteran Dependents. Students are eligible for all other types of scholarships, fellowships and financial aid opportunities.

For UC Davis information regarding cancelation of registration, withdrawal from a program and fee refunds, please refer to the UC Davis policy.

Loan repayment programs

There are many external loan repayment programs that enable health care professionals committed to caring for underserved people in hospitals and clinics in various types of communities. They can be found by searching the internet using appropriate key words. Students are encouraged to research these types of opportunities to offset educational debt.

Financial aid tips

  • Credit-based loans are a part of most financial aid packages.
  • Check your credit through free credit score checks from Transunion, Experian, and Equifax.
  • To increase your credit score and your ability to qualify for loans, pay off credit card debt before beginning graduate school. Plan ahead as credit scores take time to update.
  • Interest rates are affected by your credit ratings.
  • Financial aid is not to be used for paying credit card debt; it is only for school tuition and fees.
  • To apply for federal student loans, scholarships and grants, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application early.

PA application timeline Online applications for summer incoming classes in the Master of Health Services — Physician Assistant Studies Degree Program are available through Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). Applications open each year in late April and close at 11:59 p.m. (Eastern time) July 15.

Students applying for the physician assistant studies program must complete an application at Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) and meet selection criteria. Following that process, a select pool of qualified applicants will receive an invitation to apply through the UC Davis Graduate Studies application. All invited applicants must meet UC Davis graduate admissions requirements.

An application and materials must have a ”complete” (all materials received and pending verification) or ”verified” application status by the deadline. It is the applicants' responsibility to monitor the status of their applications and application materials on a regular basis. CASPA does NOT notify applicants if applications are incomplete or documents are missing.

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For additional application information, visit our P.A. FAQ page and the CASPA Applicant Help Center.