The is used by 90 percent of . Check your eligibility to receive to cover the application process after you open your application. CASPA’s fee assistance funds, which commonly run out in June, cover the cost of opening of your application and your first school designation ($179 in 2020–2021).
The CASPA typically opens in April and is open for applications through early March of the following year. This facilitates different program start dates, which include May, August, and January, and permits rolling admissions. It is important to check your program’s application deadline – most deadlines are in October through December – as well as to apply early so that you are not disadvantaged by a later submission time. After you have designated your choice of schools and submitted your CASPA application, the programs may send you additional school-specific questions through their secondary application.
You will need the following documents and information to complete your application:
- All official transcripts
Tip: Make transcript request the first thing you do after the opening of your application. Requesting transcripts can be more a complicated process than you expect. The transcripts are sent directly to the CASPA.
- Experiences and hours
Tip: Update and print your resume before you begin to upload your work and volunteer experiences. This helps you to remember all your experiences and also prepares you to write your personal statement.
- Personal statement/essay
Tip: You have 5000 characters to write a personal statement that demonstrates your commitment to the profession – as seen through your past actions and concrete understanding of the field.
- Letters of recommendation: 2–3
Tip: Learn to ask and get a strong recommendation letter. The more information you provide for your letter writer, the stronger the letters.
- The GRE scores
- Tip: Import your GRE score using your designated program’s GRE code.
You may find this manual of physician assistant programs helpful as you look into the country’s nearly 200 programs by region: by Mark Volpe, PA-C, and Brittany Hogan (Lexington 2018).