Class Profile and Demographics
1. What is the average age of entering students?
Over the past four years (2009 – 2012), the average age of the entering class has been 25. Ages have ranged from 20 – 42 years.
2. What percentages of male/female students are accepted?
Although initially a male-dominated profession, the PA profession is rapidly becoming a female-dominated profession. This is evidenced by the rising number of female students accepted by the School of PAS in recent years. Since 2009, the average percentage of female students admitted has been 80%, ranging from a low of 75% in 2012 to a high of 85% in 2010. On the other hand, the average percentage of male students admitted over the same three-year period has been 20%, ranging from a high of 25% in 2012 to a low of 15% in 2010. The current academic-year class has 15 male students and 45 female students.
3. What is the distribution of race among entering students?
Over the past four years (2009-2012), the School has admitted an average of 52 Caucasian students and 8 non-Caucasian students in the entering class. Among the non-Caucasian students have been students of African-American, Asian, and Hispanic origins.
4. What degrees have been earned by entering students and in what fields?
Over the past four years (2009-2012), the School has admitted an average of 55.25 students with bachelor’s degrees, an average of 4.5 students with one or more master’s degrees, and an average of 0.25 students with doctorate degrees in the entering class. Students enter the School from a wide variety of academic and clinical experience. They come from different clinical backgrounds ranging from careers in other health professions such as nursing, physical therapy, and respiratory therapy, to entry-level jobs such as a medical or nursing assistant, in order to gain experience for the School of PAS.
5. What is the percentage of in-state and out-of-state applicants who are accepted into the School of PAS?
In the four years since 2009, the School has admitted an average of 48 (80%) Florida students per entering class and an average of 12 (20%) out-of-state students per entering class.
6. As a state school, does the SPAS have a quota for accepting in-state students?
The School has no quota for in-state admissions (see statistics above).
7. What is the range and mean GRE score for the most recent entering class?
The most recent class to enter the School in June 2012 achieved an average GRE score of 496 on the Verbal test, 651 on the Quantitative test, and 4.1 on the Analytical Writing test; the overall average on the Verbal and Quantitative combined was 1147. Scores ranged as follows:
Writing: 3.0 – 5.5
8. What is the range and mean cumulative GPA and science GPA for the entering class?
The most recent class to enter the School in June 2012 achieved an average cumulative GPA of 3.6, with scores ranging from 3.1- 4.0. The same class achieved an average science GPA of 3.5, with scores ranging from 3.0 – 4.0.
9. What is the average number of months of patient care experience for the entering class?
The entering class in June 2012, at time of matriculation, had acquired 29 months (2.4 years) of clinical experience in a diverse array of health-related fields. The field most heavily represented was nursing/medical assistant.