Completion of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university is required. The UKPAS program does not require a specific degree and the program does not favor one degree over another. All applicants must meet the minimum academic standards for the Graduate School which is at least a 2.75 institutional undergraduate GPA and a 3.0 Graduate GPA (if applicable). Your degree must be completed by December 2020 if applying in the 2020-2021 Admissions cycle that opens mid/late April 2020.
2020-2021 Admissions Cycle Update:
The UKPA Program will accept Pass/Fail grading for prerequisite coursework for the Spring & Summer 2020 semesters only. This will only be applicable if the applicant’s undergraduate institution has transitioned to the Pass/Fail grading model. Undergraduate, prerequisite, and science GPAs will still be calculated with letter grades excluding Pass/Fail grading to assist in application review. Lastly, applicants who have a Pass/Fail grade for a prerequisite course requirement, will need to complete a grade confirmation form (appendix A) to send to their course director to verify a letter grade and send back to the program admissions officer.
The UKPA Program strongly recommends applicants to choose the option that best prepares them for the rigor of our graduate level coursework. By choosing to receive a letter grade, this will give you and the admissions committee a better indicator of your knowledge of the curriculum.
The UKPA program will also extend prerequisite course completion for the 2020-2021 Admissions Cycle. Currently, our program allowed up to two outstanding prerequisite course requirements that must be completed by August 2020. However, due to some summer courses being cancelled, the UKPA Program will allow up to two outstanding prerequisite courses to be completed by December 2020. If you are completing prerequisite courses in the Fall 2020 semester and accepted in August 2020 by the UKPA Program, your acceptance will be conditional based on completing the courses with a “C” grade or better. Your bachelor’s must be completed by December 2020 and a transcript showing the completion of your degree must be received prior to the start of the PAS program. If a final transcript is not received showing confirmation of courses and your degree prior to the start of the program, your admission to the program may be rescinded.
The prerequisites are as stated in the Graduate School Bulletin. The UKPA program will also accept AP credit if the AP score is equivalent to the UK course requirement for the program as well as CLEP credit. You may check the UK AP credit chart for equivalency here and CLEP chart here. Only 1 retake per prerequisite course is allowed and a "C" grade or higher must be received to meet the minimum grade requirement. We will take the highest grade between the two attempts.
|General Chemistry I w/Lab||1 Semester + Lab||CHE 109 & 110 w/CHE 111 or CHE 105/111|
|General Chemistry II w/Lab||1 Semester + Lab||CHE 107/113|
|Organic Chemistry w/Lab||1 Semester + Lab||CHE 230/231 or CHE 232/232|
Human Anatomy* or
1 Semester (3 hours) or
|ANA 209 or ANA 109 (must be paired with ANA 110 only)|
Human Physiology* or
1 Semester (3 hours)
|PGY 206 or ANA 110 (must be paired with ANA 109 only)|
|General Biology w/Lab||1 Semester + Lab||BIO 148, 150 or 152 w/ 151 or 155 lab|
|Microbiology w/Lab||1 Semester + Lab||BIO 208 or 308 with 209 or 309 lab or 380 lab|
|Statistics||1 Semester||STA 291, 296 or PSY 216|
|Psychology||1 Semester||PSY 100|
|Developmental Psychology||1 Semester||PSY 223 (we WILL NOT accept abnormal or any other psych. course) Also, must be a full child thru adult lifespan.|
|1 Semester||ANT 160, SOC 101, or HHS 453|
|Medical Terminology||1 Semester||CLA 131|
*A standalone Anatomy cannot be paired with an A & P II course and vice versa. The prerequisite must be taken with their corresponding course (i.e. Anatomy is paired with Physiology or A & P I is paired with A & P II).
**Science prerequisite courses that are equivalent to the UK courses are generally those taken from a biology/chemistry pre-med curriculum. Please make sure to check our transfer equivalency database to see if your school's courses are equivalent to the UK course requirement. See link for database above.
Checking Course Equivalency
To determine equivalency with the UK courses listed below, consult the Transfer Equivalency Database. If your course is not listed in the equivalency database, a copy of the course syllabus must be sent to Julia Berry&for review of equivalency.
The UKPA Program reviews the institutional undergraduate GPA as well as the prerequisite GPA during admissions. A minimum 2.75 institutional undergraduate GPA is required per the UK Graduate School requirement. The program will allow a graduate GPA to trump the undergraduate, if it is at least 20 credit hours from an enrolled graduate program. This does not include post-bach graduate classes which are not associated with a program completion.
Currently, ETS has allowed at home testing using ProctorU for both GRE and TOEFL. Please review the ETS website for more information about the exams.
All applicants are required to take the GRE which must have been taken within the last 5 years. Official scores must be received by UK's Graduate School Office by our July 15th deadline. A minimum score is not set by the program or UK's Graduate School. Note the recent accepted class (2019-2020 cycle) average is: Verbal 153 (58%), Quantitative 152 (46%) and Analytical 4.0 (61%).
The UKPA Program accepts ONLY the GRE for our program. We do not accept any substitutes (e.g. the MCAT). For more details about the GRE exam please refer to our Admissions FAQ's or the GRE website.
The UK GRE code is 1837 and all official scores must be sent to the University of Kentucky Graduate School Office. Office scores are not sent to CASPA. DO NOT CHOOSE A DEPARTMENT NUMBER. ONLY SEND TO THE 1837 CODE.
Additional, GRE resources:
UK Students GRE Prep Seminar
UK's Transformative Learning offers GRE Prep courses. Please refer to this link for more information.
The UKPA Program requires patient contact, however a minimum amount of hours is not set. Contact hours may be completed utilizing the following (but not limited to) medical disciplines: CNA, EMT, CMA, Medical Tech., Professional Hospice Volunteer, Physical Therapy Assistant, Athletic Training, Scribe etc. Applicants must demonstrate hands-on clinical skills such as, but not limited to, taking patient vitals, blood pressures, glucose, administering immunizations, etc. Also, you may go to our FAQ's link here for more detailed information about acquiring patient contact experience.
Patient contact hours are documented in the CASPA application only. The UKPA program does not require any other documentation i.e. pay stubs, signed forms from preceptors etc.