Physician Assistant Program Admission Statement

The SIU PA Program values diversity. Our intention is to be proactive in demonstrating cultural humility and ensuring an inclusive and welcoming environment for all persons regardless of race, age, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, religious beliefs, educational background, military experiences, geographic location, language, and work experience. 

In order to fulfill our mission, we give preference to applicants from rural and underserved areas in Illinois. In order to improve diversity in the PA profession and promote a healthcare workforce that more closely resembles our patient population, with the goals of eliminating workforce and healthcare disparities, admissions preference is also provided to African Americans, American Indians or Alaskan Natives, Asian or Pacific Islanders, Hispanics, and Military Veterans. 

Students who complete the Pre-Physician Assistant Program requirements through the SIU MEDPREP program gain direct admission to the PA Program. Click here for details.