Program Spotlight: University of California - Davis


Location:  Sacramento, California

Number of students:  80-90 (including PA and NP students)

Application Cycle:  CASPA April - July 15th, then a supplemental application is sent. 

Interview dates: October

Start date:  Summer

Length of Program:  27 months

Public/Private:  Public, but no preference to California residents or UC Davis students and tuition is the same

HCE:  Minimum 1000 hrs in clinical setting

GPA:  Minimum overall of 3.0, minimum science/prerequisite 2.7.  

Shadowing:  No specific requirement

The Good Stuff:

  • Graduate with an MHS degree
  • A&P within the last 5 years by application deadline/review (desired).  If a practicing clinician, it is recommended that you do a refresher course.  
  • Classes are 4 days a week from 8-5
  • No preference to California residents or UC Davis students
  • No GRE requirement
  • All lab courses for prerequisites must be done in person and not online
  • Dual Track Program for students in the NP program to be able to become both NP and PA. 

Program Link:  UC Davis PA Program Website

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