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U.S. Army Recruiting Command. Captain James Jones MPAS, PA-C Program Manager HQ Recruiting. Interservice Physician Assistant Program. Bottom Line Up Front. Convert 60 SH to a Master Degree in 2 years Earn a wonderful profession as a Physician Assistant Become an Officer

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u s army recruiting command
U.S. Army Recruiting Command

Captain James Jones


Program Manager

HQ Recruiting

InterservicePhysician Assistant Program

bottom line up front
Bottom Line Up Front
  • Convert 60 SH to a Master Degree in 2 years
  • Earn a wonderful profession as a

Physician Assistant

  • Become an Officer
  • Accelerated Promotion to 1LT
    • 6 months after graduation instead of 18
the army physician assistant

The ArmyPhysician Assistant

“From the Line, For the Line”

brief history of the pa
Brief History of the PA
  • 1965- First PA program at Duke University
  • 1967- First graduate of Duke program
  • 1971- Congress authorized Army to train PAs
  • 1973- First Army PAs graduated at Ft Sam Houston
  • 1980- First specialty trainingauthorized
the army pa
The Army PA
  • Specialty Training, eligible after 4 years post graduate experience
    • Aviation Medicine
    • Cardiovascular Perfusion
    • Emergency Medicine
    • Occupational Medicine
    • Orthopedics
    • Preventive Medicine
brief history of the pa6
Brief History of the PA
  • 1984- PAs assigned to White House Medical Unit
  • 1992-PAs commissioned as regular line officers in the Army Medical Specialist Corps (formerly Warrant Officers)
  • 1996-Fort Sam Houston selected as the site for the Interservice PA Program (IPAP)
what is an army pa
What is an Army PA
  • Military health care professional certified to practice medicine with physician supervision.
  • The AMEDD’s primary medical provider in battalion and division level TO&E units “From the Line, For the Line”
  • Echelon I/II Subject Matter Expert
duties of an army pa
Duties of an Army PA
  • Provide soldier healthcare at Level I/II
  • Treat all categories of beneficiaries
  • Primary medical trainer to unit medics and combat lifesavers
  • Serve as medical platoon leader
  • Special staff officer to the commander
  • Preventive medicine/field sanitation
  • Medical logistics
  • Other duties as assigned
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Duties of an Army PA
  • Provide advanced trauma management
  • Conduct physical exams
  • Diagnose and treat illnesses
  • Order and interpret diagnostic tests
  • Counsel on preventive health care
  • Assist in surgery
  • Write prescriptions
interservice pa program ipap
Interservice PA Program (IPAP)

Phase I (Didactic)



  • 50 weeks
  • 1815 Contact hours (class room) A&P, chemistry, pathology, radiology, pharmacology, psychiatry, OB/GYN, orthopedics, infectious diseases, etc.
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Phase II (2890 hours)

11 different clinical sites

52 weeks

Clinical rotations include:

Family Medicine/Primary Care

Internal Medicine








Emergency Medicine


Interservice PA Program (IPAP)
phase ii sites
Fort Bragg

Fort Sill

Fort Riley

Fort Carson

Fort Hood

Fort Leonard Wood

Fort Polk

Fort Benning

Fort Campbell

Fort Knox

Fort Stewart

Phase II Sites
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Interservice PA Program (IPAP)
  • Bachelor Science Degree from University of Nebraska at end of phase I
  • Master Degree from University of Nebraska upon completion of 2yr program
  • 4 year Active Duty Service Obligation
  • USAR 4 years SELRES + 2 years
important dates note earlier dates
Important DatesNOTE: Earlier Dates!!
  • 13-16 June 2006 Board Day
  • Application due date: 1 March 06
    • May complete spring courses and forward transcript by 1 Jun 06
  • The new FY 2006 Message Update to AR 601-20 is available at:


  • Please visit the website and review the new message prior to sending documents.
basic qualifications
Basic Qualifications
  • Enlisted, Commissioned, or Warrant Officer
  • Minimum 3 years active federal service
    • as of 31 Aug 07
  • USAR no minimum time requirement
  • Qualified for appointment IAW AR 601-100 and AR 40-501
  • GT 110 (enlisted)
sat requirements new for 2006
SAT RequirementsNew for 2006!
  • within 5 yrs of application, regardless of degree status.
  • Must score minimum of 450 on each section.
  • Minimum composite score
    • 1000 on older 2-part test
    • 1500 on newer 3-part test
  • No other exam is accepted
grade point averages
Grade Point Averages
  • Overall GPA must be 2.5 or greater
    • Derived from official transcripts of all schools ever attended
  • Science GPA must be 2.5 or greater
    • Derived from all science related courses
    • Includes clinical courses
educational prerequisites
Educational Prerequisites
  • 60 semester hours
  • The following 30SH must be in residence: (In accredited class or internet course with letter grade of C or better,not MOS,CLEP,DANTES...)
    • 6 hours English (3SH Writing)
    • 6 hours Humanities, Social Sciences, Government, History...
    • 6 hours Chemistry(general or higher)
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Educational Prerequisites
  • 3 hours Anatomy(Human)
  • 3 hours Physiology(Human)
  • 3 hours of Algebra or higher math (not intro or intermediate.)
  • 3 hours of Psychology(any type)
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Educational Prerequisites
  • Anatomy & Physiology combined worth 4SH would be valued at 2 SH for Anatomy and 2 SH for Physiology. This does not meet the 3 SH requirement. To quickly achieve the A&P prerequisites:
  • Take A&P I then take A&P II or
  • Take Anatomy 3SH separately and Physiology 3SH separately
academic delay alternate new for 2005
Academic Delay / AlternateNEW for 2005!
  • May apply with 3 required courses or less (15 SH or less) in progress after application due date---must be complete by 31 Dec 06
  • If selected as Academic Delay:
    • No guaranteed slot for attendance
    • May be activated if ALL prerequisites are complete, still eligible and alternate is needed.
    • All academic delays are on an order-of-merit list. Top person done, when alternate is needed, goes to school.
  • Gives 2nd chance and more time for academics
  • Must reapply the following year if not activated.
requirements completion course rcc new for 2006
Requirements Completion Course (RCC)NEW for 2006!
  • Assigns Soldiers to AMEDD C&S while they complete 15SH or less of IPAP prerequisite courses.
  • May only be missing Anatomy, Physiology, Chemistry, or Algebra.
  • Applicant is responsible for all tuition and costs. Tuition Assistance is strongly encouraged.
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Requirements Completion Course (RCC)NEW for 2006!
  • Higher SAT requirement
    • 450 in each section
    • Minimum composite 1200 on 2-part test
    • Minimum composite 1800 on 3-part test
  • Have 45 SH College Credit
    • 15 must be resident prerequisite credits
    • Must have 6 SH English,3 SH Psych., 6SH Humanities
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Requirements Completion Course (RCC)NEW for 2006!
  • Selected applicants who maintain their 2.5 overall and science GPAs and successfully pass all classes with a letter grade of “C” or better will be enrolled in the next available IPAP class.
application process
Application Process
  • AR 601-20, The IPAP, 17 October 2000.
  • USAREC message new each FY: www.armypa.info
  • POC: James Jones PA-C at USAREC

(502)626-0386 DSN 536-0386

  • E-mail: ipap@usarec.army.mil email with request for FY 2006 application information.
  • Application deadline - 1 Mar 2006
  • Selection Board: 13 June 06
  • Results posted: Mid-Aug. 2006 MILPER MSG
  • Attend January, April, or August 2007
  • AMEDD Center and School IPAP site: www.cs.amedd.army.mil/ipap/
application key documents
Application Key Documents
  • DA Photo within 12 months of board date
    • after 13 June 2005
  • APFT within fiscal year (certified by CDR/1SG) Dated after 1 Oct 05
  • Letter of Intent
    • Hand-written on blank, unlined, white paper, one side only. Must include typed version as well
  • Curriculum Vitae – www.armypa.info
  • Academic Worksheet - include all courses and letter grades.
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Application Key Documents
  • Letters of Recommendation
    • Commanding Officer
    • Immediate Supervisor
    • Physician Assistant
      • must have experience working with military
    • Maximum of 5 letters

It’s not who you know. It’s who knows you.

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Application Key Documents
  • DA 61 Application for Appointment
    • Block 1: Commissioned Officer-Regular Army
    • Block 2: AR 601-100 and AR 135-100
    • Block 6: “1” SP “65D”
    • Block 18: Permanent Address(Home of Record)
    • Block 19: Current Address (Not “same as block 18”)
  • Updated ERB or ORB (Certified true copies)
  • Microfiche: Print documents from online and have certified by local MILPO/PSB. No hard copy fiche required. Keep items in order of most recent to oldest. Include OER, NCOER, awards, certifications, licenses and corrective items.
  • Security Clearance (Interim is good for 180 days) Interim dated after 30 Dec 05.
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Application Key Documents
  • Commissioning Physical (Original or original signature)
    • DD 2807/DD 2808
    • No older than 12 months from board date. Send certified true copies.
    • Must include ETOH, Drug Screen and HIV tests with copy of labs.
      • ENLISTED
        • “Qualified for Commissioning IAW AR 40-501 CHAPTER 2”
      • OFFICER
        • “Qualified for Commissioning IAW AR 40-501CHAPTER 3”
          • May be periodic plus HIV/ ETOH/ Urine Drug Screen
          • If periodic, include DA 3081, “No change in Health”
  • Submit all documentation pertaining to waiver with a request citing the circumstances and conditions
    • Age in Grade
      • Older than 32 years old upon commissioning (enlisted)
    • Time in Service
      • Greater than 8 years of service upon entry to IPAP
    • Convictions (If you answered yes DA 61 item 26)
      • Include all court documents and outcome
    • Medical (IAW AR 40-501)
      • Include Consult and Recommendation from appropriate clinician
what will my rank be
What will my rank be?
  • Everyone accumulates months towards promotion during school
    • E-4 and below will be paid as E-5
    • E-5 and above maintain their pay grade
    • All wear “OCS” on their collar
    • Graduate as 2LT with 1 year constructive credit, eligible for 1LT in 6 months
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What will my rank be?
    • Will arrive at school with their new rank based on constructive credit: Take the total months served as an officer, as of report date of class (tentatively use 1 Jan of school year). Divide that number by 2. If it equals 18 you will be a 1LT. If it equals 39 months you will be a CPT.
    • Arrive with new “SP” branch on uniform
    • Arrive with new MEDCOM patch on uniform
    • Great Military Career
    • Great Civilian Career




“From the Line, For the Line”