Applicant Self Assessment

Thank you for your interest in our joint MSPAS/MPH Program. Our program received over 2,500 applications for 44 seats, making it very competitive in terms of applicants to seats ratio. Due to this large number of applicants, it is not possible to provide specific feedback regarding what any one candidate should do to improve their chances. For this reason, we have developed the following assessment questionnaire, designed to assist you with your application to our program.

Though acceptance to this or any PA program cannot be guaranteed, answering these questions in an honest and truthful manner, then applying the answers to your CASPA application, supplemental application, and interview will increase the odds that you will ultimately be accepted. We wish you success during the process.

Applicant Self Assessment Questionnaire 

  • Did I read and follow the CASPA application instructions, including, but not limited to, the correct listing of my various experiences, both volunteer and paid?
  • Did I read and follow the Supplemental Application instructions?
  • Do I match the stated mission of the Program?
    • How is this demonstrated in my application materials? (work experience, volunteer experience, life experience)
  • Have I reviewed the demographics for the most recent entering class?
    • How and I the same or different?
    • Based on this information, am I a good “fit”?
    • What specific things can I do to strengthen my application to more closely meet the current demographics?
  • Am I familiar with the role of a Physician Assistant?
    • Do I have an understanding of the role of a PA in different settings and specialties?
    • Is all of my experience with PA's in one specialty or setting?
    • How did I demonstrate my understanding of the role of a PA?
      • In my application materials?
      • During my interview?
  • Am I a team player?
    • How did I demonstrate this in my application materials?
    • Was I able to demonstrate this on the day of my interview?
  • How do my patient care hours and experiences compare to the current class?
  • Are the hours in primary care or other specialties?
  • What is my non-medical community service?
  • Did I include all of it?
  • How did my interview go?
    • What would I do the same?
    • What would I do differently?
  • How did others perceive me?
  • What are my strengths and weaknesses?
    • Was I able to articulate them in my application and/or during my interview?

Applicant Information Sessions

Each year, the joint MSPAS/MPH program hosts several applicant information sessions, typically on Monday evenings.  During these sessions, information is presented regarding the PA profession, program curriculum, and the admissions process.  In addition, one session each year is dedicated specifically to re-applicants.  For more information, please visit http://cehs.tu.edu/paprogram/.