Air Force accepting physician assistant applications

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Air Force officials are taking applications from active-duty enlisted Airmen for Physician Assistant Phase I training classes beginning January, April and August 2010.

Completed applications must arrive at HQ AFPC/DPAMW, 550 C Street West, Suite 27, Randolph AFB TX 78150-4729 no later than Jan. 25 and no earlier than Nov. 1. The selection board is scheduled to convene at the Air Force Personnel Center here March 17.

Incomplete applications or those received after the cutoff date will be returned and will not meet the selection board, said AFPC officials.

To be eligible, applicants must:

-- be on active duty in the grade of E-3 through E-8 with a minimum of two years and a maximum of 14 years active military service as of Aug. 31, 2010.

-- meet age limitations specified in Air Force Instruction 36-2005 for appointment as first lieutenants in the Biomedical Sciences Corps. Applicants must be less than 42 years of age when they complete Phase II training.

-- have taken the Scholastic Aptitude Test within five years of the board date, with a minimum score of 450 for all areas, and a minimum combined score of 1,425 in critical reading, verbal and math.

-- have a minimum general score of 80 points on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery or Air Force Classification Test.

-- have completed 60 semester hours of transferable college credits with a grade point average of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale. Thirty of these semester hours must be actual in-classroom courses at an accredited college or university and must be completed by March 10. A combined minimum 3.0 GPA is required in the math and science courses.

Thirty of the required 60 semester hours can be earned through College Level Examination Program exams, Air Force correspondence courses and Defense Activity for Nontraditional Education Support tests.

For details, contact the local military personnel flight, education office or click on physician assistants at AFPC's "Ask" Web site. People can also call the 24-hour Air Force Contact Center at (800) 616-3775 for more information.