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How to Apply

  1. Review all prerequisites and program requirements to ensure you meet the minimum standard to apply. Contact an admissions counselor if you have questions about your eligibility:

a. Be sure you have reviewed the Admissions Information, Pre-requisite Courses, and Technical Standards

2. Eligible applicants must first apply through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) system. The CASPA portal opens in April annually for admission to the cohort beginning the following May.

a. 3 Letters of Recommendation are required in CASPA
b. A Personal Statement is required in CASPA

3. Applicants will be sent a secondary application from MSUCOM once the University receives a completed and verified CASPA application. 

a. The secondary application fee is $100.  MSUCOM will offer a supplemental application fee waiver to any candidate who received the CASPA fee waiver.  To have your supplemental application fee waived, please provide a copy of your CASPA fee waiver award email to prior to paying your supplemental application fee.  You will receive a confirmation email indicating that your fee has been waived.  You MUST submit documentation PRIOR to paying your supplemental application fee.  We will not offer refunds of the supplemental application fee.  Learn more about the CASPA Fee Assistance Program here

4. An applicant will only be considered for interview once the CASPA application is verified and a completed secondary application + fee (or waiver) are submitted.

5. Select candidates will be invited for interview with the program.

a. Interviews will be one-on-one virtual interviews via Zoom.

6. Those applicants who interview with the program will be informed of committee decision on a rolling basis.​​​​​

Deadlines for Application

  • CASPA Verified Application Deadline: November 1
  • We recommend submitting early, as it may take CASPA several weeks to verify your application
  • Secondary Application Deadline: November 15
  • Pre-requisite completion deadline: December 31 
  • TOEFL exam deadline: December 1
  • Scores must be received by January 1

Personal Statement

Your personal statement should be able to give the admissions committee insight about your experiences and how they have shaped your commitment to becoming a PA. We want to know about why you’re passionate about the profession and about dedicating your career to caring for others. This may require a great deal of self-reflection and exploration.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required. There is no requirement surrounding from whom you seek these letters. Ideally, at least one of these letters will come from a PA or another healthcare provider who you have shadowed, worked with, or who has served as a mentor. We understand this may not be possible in every circumstance. We recommend seeking a combination of those who can attest to your academic capabilities as well as those who understand the role of a PA in healthcare and that can attest to your commitment and readiness to become a PA.