Frequently Asked Questions
Indiana State University MSPAS Program
1. I submitted my CASPA application before completing all
prerequisite coursework. When I complete the outstanding
course(s), where should I send my final transcript?
You will need to request an official transcript be sent
directly to Indiana State University’s PA Program. If we do
not receive an official note of the courses completion, your
application will be processed as ‘incomplete.’
PA PROGRAM, Department of Applied Medicine and
Student Services Building, Room 201
567 North 5th Street
Indiana State University
Terre Haute, IN 47809
2. Does Indiana State University accept community college
Yes, but you want to be sure the course you intend to
take will meet the requirements of the program here at ISU.
If a lab is to coincide with a course, verify a lab exists
and that you’re enrolled in a section of the lab.
3. Can I work and be in Indiana State University’s PA
Our program is a full-time program. We cannot force you
not to work but it is HIGHLY
recommended, due to the intensity of
your schoolwork that you do not work. In addition to program
coursework, you will also be required to participate in
mentoring meetings, hospital seminars, continuing education,
etc.; all which may
fall outside your usual class times.
4. How many students will be admitted to Indiana State
University’s PA Program?
Every January, thirty students will be admitted into our
5. What do your class averages look like for your
program, regarding both GPAs and GRE scores?
This year, all admitted students had above a 3.0 GPA
("strong" applicants have a GPA 3.4 and above), with the sum
of their quantitative and qualitative GRE scores equating to
around 1000. The GRE scoring system has recently changed
(beginning of January 2011) so your scores, may not be
comparable to those noted above.
6. How can I improve my chances of admittance into the
ISU PA program?
The admission team is seeking mature individuals who can
handle the academic rigor, have leadership qualities, a
sense of self, want to be a PA and understand some of what
that means. To augment application materials, students
should make sure they have all the prerequisites, consider
obtaining some health care experience and demonstrate well
rounded experiences through community engagement or other
public service type activities. Great GPAs and GRE results
will help. Articulately express yourself in the written
narrative. Choose your references wisely. We recommend your
references represent a range of persons. In addition to the
application, we will be conducting interviews which will be
another way to shine.
7. Can the PA student complete clinical rotations
anywhere in Indiana?
ISU PA students may complete clinical rotations anywhere
in Indiana or central Illinois. The rotation sites and
preceptors must be approved by ISU-PA and have signed an
affiliation agreement. We anticipate that students may
choose to complete some rotations close to home or in areas
where they have contacts in the medical community.
Regardless of clinical rotation site, all students will be
required to report back on the ISU campus for class at the
end of the clinical rotation, so students should expect to
8. I would love to visit your campus and learn more about
the program. Would that be possible?
Absolutely! We can work with you to arrange a visit
between mid-August and early-March. Please contact us by
email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a visit. We look
forward to meeting you!
9. What kind of experience is preferred for
entrance to the program?
Students are encouraged to obtain direct patient experience
prior to applying to the ISU PA Program. Direct patient
contact is defined as, but not limited to, shadowing with
mid-levels or physicians, phlebotomy, nurse aide, medical
assistant. While a specific amount of hours is not
required, it is to the advantage of the applicant to have