This website is now updated with the FY23 IPAP Application requirements.  Please ensure you use only documents obtained on this site after 6 July 2022. 

Significant changes to MILPER for FY23:

1. Biochemistry not required

2. Anatomy and Physiology I and II, General chemistry I and II need to be completed within 8 years (Fall 2016 and after)

3. Passing ACFT card required for all components


IPAP Briefings

There will be a virtual brief on the AMEDD Commissioning Programs to include IPAP and AECP via MS Teams every 2nd Tuesday of the month at 1200 PDT/ 1300 MDT/ 1400 CDT/ 1500 EDT  

Tiny URL (Doesn't work on Government Computers):    (This may not work on your cell phone - it is best to use a tablet or personal computer.)

Long URL:


Virtual Brief Slides Link

IPAP In Person Brief Schedule

11Jan2023 - Fort Bragg, NC 





IPAP Application Guides 

Thank you for your interest in IPAP! Please use the documents below for assistance in submitting a complete and qualified IPAP Application Packet.

  1. MILPER message 22-251 for FY23 Board Application Requirements 

FY23 MILPER Message 22-251

*****Army National Guard - see link to your announcement and work with State AMEDD recruiter to build packet*****

          FY23 ARNG IPAP Announcement

2.  IPAP Application Guide and Example packet to help you correctly complete your application packet.

FY23 IPAP Application Guide (Active Duty and Army Reservists)

Example Packet Links:  Tab 1    Tab 2   Tab 3/Other documents

3. Submit the Application Checklist with your application packet.  This will help to ensure you have all documents included.

Application Checklist (Active Duty and Army Reservists)

**All documentation must be current within the 12 months (ie If applying for FY23 June board, all documents need to be dated after 1 June 2022 to include physical, ALL labs, LOI, LOR’s, etc)



Active Duty and Reserve Application Timeline

******Army National Guard (ARNG) Applicants should refer to ARNG announcement and recruiting contacts******

  • Application window:  1 October 2022 through 1 March 2023
  • IPAP Board:  June 2023
  • IPAP Results Release:  July 2023
  • Classes Start:  January, April and August 2024  (**Note the January 2024 class reports to Fort Sam Houston, Texas in November 2023)

*****Note that this timeline is the same each year!


Send All Army Active Duty and Army Reservist Packets to:

Transcripts can be mailed to USAREC at:

RCHS-SVD-PA (applicant’s rank, last name, first name)
1307 Third Ave
Fort Knox, KY 40121-2725

* If you are interested in applying for a National Guard IPAP seat, please contact an AMEDD recruiter of your respective State National Guard office for more information. See POC information at the bottom of this website.  Other Branches of the service should apply through their own service for the IPAP Program.

*****Applicants MUST ALSO complete the  application with the University of Nebraska UNICAS, at IPAP.LIAISONCAS.COM********

  • This online registration is mandatory for all interested applicants. 
  • This is a separate requirement from the packet that is sent to USAREC.
  • The application window at is 1 October 2022 to 1 March 2023.
  • Applicants also need to send ALL transcripts from ALL Universities/Colleges ever attended to the University of Nebraska at:

Liaison-IPAP Transcript Processing Center
P.O. Box 9140
Watertown, MA 02471



Academic Requirements


Course Prerequisites   

  • Minimum 60 Semester Hours (SH) of college course work.
  • 30 SH can be any classes or credit for military training (ex. JST transcripts)
  • Enlisted applicants must submit their official JST to the University of Nebraska
  • The following 30 Semester Hours (SH) must be in residence with an accredited institution classroom or online course.
  • A letter grade of C or better must be obtained. (C- or lower will not count)
    • 6 hours of English (3 SH writing/composition) - CLEP is authorized.
    • 6 hours of Humanities  - Any government, history, foreign language, art, social science and religion
    • 3 hours of Psychology - Any type, introductory courses WILL count
    • 6 hours of Chemistry (courses completed Fall 2016 and after)  
      • Must be General Chemistry or higher 
      • Introduction to Chemistry will NOT count.
      • Must be within 8 years of starting school, recommend within 5 years and lab is not required but highly recommended. 
    • 3 hours of Human Anatomy (courses completed Fall 2016 and after) 
      • This can be a combined Anatomy & Physiology I class.  
      • Must be within 8 years of starting school, recommend within 5 years and lab is not required but highly recommended.
    • 3 hours of Human Physiology (courses completed Fall 2016 and after)
      • This can be a combined Anatomy & Physiology II class.  
      • Must be within 8 years of starting school, recommend within 5 years and lab is not required but highly recommended.
    • 3 hours of College Algebra or higher math – Statistics will NOT count, Intro or Intermediate algebra will NOT count.
    • Medical Terminology course within 5 years (Fall 2019 and after) – can take on ALMS (Search Basic Medical Technology)
    • There is no waiver available for these required courses.
    • There is no grade replacement.  This means if you repeated a class both grades will be included in the GPA calculation.  The better grade will not replace the lower grade.


Tuition Assistance Memos

  • The University of Nebraska completes the Tuition Assistance Memos
  • Complete the University of Nebraska's online IPAP Transcript Evaluation/TA Memo Request Form.  The following information is needed on the form:
    • Full Name
    • Contact Information
    • Branch of the US Military
    • Separate transcript for each institution attended (official transcripts aren't needed for this request)
    • JST (Joint Services Transcript)
    • DO NOT send transcripts and JST as emails.  They need to be uploaded in the form.
  • Use the link to complete the IPAP Transcript Evaluation/TA Memo Request Form: 
  • TA memos are completed in the order they are received.  It may take 2 weeks before you receive your completed memo.
  • Tuition Assistance Fact Sheet - for more information see your local education center



MOS Related Course Credit

  • 68K (lab technicians) will receive 6 hours of Chemistry credit.
  • 18D (Special Forces medics) will receive 3 hours of Human Anatomy credit.
  • 68WM6/68C (Licensed Practical Nurses) will received 3 hours of Human Anatomy credit.
  • 38BW4 (Special Operations Civil Affairs Medical Sergeants) will receive 3 hours of Human Anatomy credit.
  • 68W with the W1 skill identifier will receive 3 hours of Human Anatomy credit. 

*****NOTE - These applicants must have completed their training within 8 years of IPAP (Fall 2016 and later) to be accepted.

GPA Requirements

  • A Minimum Science GPA of 3.0 is required in all sciences
    • The Science Courses included in the Science GPA will be those completed within 8 years of the start of IPAP (Fall 2016 and after).
    • See the link to the right under Additional Resources for a list of eligible Science Courses.
  • A Minimum Cumulative GPA of 2.5.
  • Applicants must meet GPA requirements by application deadline 1 March 2023. Coursework completed after 1 March 2023 will NOT count toward the GPA.
  • There is no waiver available for GPA requirements. 
  • There is NO grade replacement for FY22 Applicants. This means if you repeated a class both grades will be included in the GPA calculation.  The better grade will not replace the lower grade.
  • The University of Nebraska will do the GPA calculations for us after the application deadline.
  • If you want to calculate your GPA early you are welcome to find a GPA calculator online, or you can use the one available in the IPAP online application Help Center: 

SAT Requirement

  • SAT required within 5 years of application (1 March 2018 or after)
  • Minimum score of 450 in reading and math
  • Minimum cumulative score of 1000 is required in the reading and math sections.
  • The last SAT test date available for the FY23 application cycle is 11 March. Allow 8 weeks for the College Board to grade your exam.
  • Enter code “3994” on SAT test form.
  • USAREC MUST receive your official scores for your packet to board.

PA-CAT (Physician Assistant College Admissions Test)

Due to the Fiscal Year 2023 Continuing Resolution that funds the government through 16 December 2022, you will not be able to submit Credential Assistance Requests for exams or trainings with start dates between 17 December 2022 and 9 January 2023. More information will be shared as the situation evolves. 

Please see the following PowerPoint for instructions.

  • All Applicants must submit scores by selecting US Army Reserves, US Army Active Duty or US Army National Guard when completing registration
  • No minimum score requirement
  • ​​​​Take the PA-CAT by application deadline of 1 March 2023
  • The PA-CAT website offers a virtual option for testing when you register
  • Exam Master has been added to Army COOL so Credentialing Assistance (CA) Funds can be used to pay for the PA-CAT. 
    • You will need to be eligible for CA funds use and submit a request for funds. 
    • Funds will not reimburse you for a test you have already registered and/or paid for.     
    • PA-CAT Funds Request Instructions
    • Exam Master has also started a PA-CAT Financial Assistance Program.  Information is available at:


Shadowing Requirement


  • A minimum of 80 hours of Shadowing required with a Physician Assistant
  • Annotated on USAREC Form 601-37.11
  • More is recommended.  Ensure recommenders state the number of hours completed rather than stating "over 80 hours".

*****Notes for FY 23 Board*****

Active Army and Army Reservists Only (National Guard refer to yearly announcement)

  • Recommend you read and use the Application Guide at the top of the page prior to submitting a packet
  • Use  Application Checklist at the top of the webpage
  • Submission for FY23 is digital - follow instructions on Application Checklist
  • PA-CAT exam scores are required to board
  • No P2 profile waiver available for P2 profiles in the U, L, S categories of PULHES
  • All documents should be dated after 1 June 2022
  • ERB/ORB in packet (no race/ethnicity visible)
  • ACFT Scorecard required for all components
  • GT Score must be 110 or higher to apply - No waivers available!
  • ALL official transcripts from ALL Universities/Colleges attended must be submitted to USAREC and UNMC
  • Recommend Letter of Intent and Letters of Recommendation are no longer than one page
  • Physical Exam (DD 2807-1 and DD 2808) - must include a Audiogram printout and lab printout for the following labs:
    • Urine drug Screen (UDS), alcohol blood test (ETOH), Urinalysis, HIV, HCG (females)
    • Last Page of DD 2808 must be signed by an MD or DO
  • Academic Delay:  Applications Eligible with up to 9 Semester Hours (3 classes) of pre-requisites still pending at time of application.
    • Must complete all required courses by 1 October 2023
    • This option is not available to National Guard Applicants
  • Tattoo Wearers:  A self-identification memo is required.  See example under Example Documents on the right.


Army National Guard POC

All interested National Guard applicants should contact an AMEDD recruiter for their respective State.

If you need the contact information for your State AMEDD recruiter contact:








Application Assistance Documents:

Current MILPER Messages



Example Documents (see above for example packet):


Additional Resources:


Officer Rank Explanation Calculations

Active Duty Officers:

Commissioned officers will attend IPAP in their current officer grade held and ‘detailed’ into the SP Corps.  Upon successful completion of Phase 2 training, an eligible graduate are tendered a RA or USAR appointment as a commissioned officer in the SP Corps, with their rank determined by their individual constructive service credit calculated IAW DODI 6000.13, Enclosure 3 1.b., and policy established by the OTSG. 

Reserve and National Guard Officers:

Commissioned officers will attend IPAP as a conditionally appointed SP Corps officer (00E65), with their rank and date of date determined by their individual constructive service credit calculated IAW DODI 6000.13 and FY Phase Point memo.