The University of Iowa PA Program


The 2008 edition of the USNews graduate school rating edition gave the PA program at the University of Iowa a 4.3 out of 5. This rating brought it to the top of the list as the number one PA program. Duke rated 4.2 and Emory 4.1.

Iowa admits only 25 students each fall into it’s non-thesis masters level graduate course. They use the CASPA system for applications.

For the class admitted in 2007, the successful applicant averaged a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.56 on 145 semester hours of college credit, a science GPA of 3.54 on 72 semester hours, an average of 2,387 hours of health care and 1,623 hours of research experience, and the following GRE scores: verbal = 508, quantitative = 666, and written (analytical) = 4.6. The class average age was 25.9 years.

The Iowa program has 11 “technical” standards listed on the Program web site. This one was interesting to me because it would disqualify me from entry to the program:

Candidates must have sufficient use of the senses of vision, hearing and smell necessary to directly perform a physical examination. Candidates must be able to perform inspection, palpation, auscultation and percussion.

I don’t have a sense of smell.

The PA students are integrated into the regular medical school curriculum and take 60% of their didactic studies with Sophomore Medical students. I guess that is why the program only has 4 staff members and 3 admin employees.

I would like for any Iowa graduates to leave some comments here. The program is small, personable and appears to be quite intense. They are number one in their ability to use their money and facilities to effectively train PAs and USNews thinks in 2008, they were doing it best, if just a little better than Duke and Emory.

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