Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for the PA program at the University of Dubuque?

You will need to submit an application to CASPA, the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants at  

Is there a deadline for applying to the PA program?

While our CASPA application deadline date is November 1, 2019, we recommend that you submit your application and required materials by October 1 to give CASPA sufficient time to verify your application. To be verified means that all transcripts, payment and at least two of the three evaluations must be received by CASPA and grade point averages must be calculated. 

Do I have to apply to the University of Dubuque in addition to submitting an application to CASPA?

Only one application is required for admission consideration, and that is the CASPA application. You will not have to complete another application for admission to graduate study at the University.

Do the prerequisites have to be completed when I submit my application for admission?

You may have up to three (3) outstanding prerequisite courses to complete at the time of application. However, prerequisites must be successfully completed by June 1, 2020. Make sure to indicate on the CASPA application any prerequisite courses in progress or planned for a subsequent term.  

When does the next PA class at the University of Dubuque begin? 

Classes/Orientation will begin the week of July 29, 2019. 

How many students will be admitted to the cohort?

There will be 25 students admitted.

Can I work while I am in the UD PA Program?

Students are discouraged from holding outside employment while enrolled in the program. 

I have taken the GRE more than once.  What scores will you consider?

You can choose what test date results you wish us to consider when you request that official scores be sent to CASPA by using our institutional code of 1620 when requesting scores be sent from ETS. 

Is there any way to gain advanced placement in the program so I don’t have to attend as long?

The program is 27 months long, with 16 months of didactic training (course work) and 11 months of clinical rotations. There is no “short cut”. We will not grant any credit for prior or experiential learning, nor will we grant transfer credit for any course work taken in a physician assistant or graduate program at another institution.