Program Spotlight: University of Wisconsin (Madison)


Location:   Madison, Wisconsin

Number of students: Around 40

Application Cycle: CASPA due by August 1

Interview dates: January/February

Start date: May/June

Length of Program: 24 months

Public/Private: Public

HCE: Minimum 1000 hour requirement starting in 2018 cycle

GPA: Minimum 3.20 GPA overall and science starting in the 2018 cycle

Shadowing: No specific requirement

The Good Stuff:

  • There's the option of setting up an appointment with a Pre-PA Advisor or attending an information session.  These information sessions are available online to watch as well. 
  • Human Physiology must have been taken within the last 3 years
  • GRE is NOT required
  • Distance education option - Very unique, but not an option for all states (Excluded states - AL, AR, CA, DC, DE, FL, GA, KS, KY, LA, MD, NC, NH, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, SC, TN, TX, WA, WV). It's a 36 month, part-time program where 80% is done from your home state. You still have to visit the campus for 10 weeks the first summer, and then a few times throughout the semesters of didactic year, and after each clinical. 
  • Option for Masters of Public Health joint program
  • wisPACT option for Northern Wisconsin residents
  • Interview - 2 individual 15 minute interviews with faculty/staff
  • Opportunity for International electives in Belize

Program Link:  University of Wisconsin - Madison Website

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