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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: admissions@pa.com.msu.edu.
    1. 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 April 28, 2022 for admission to the cohort beginning in May 2023.
    1. 3 Letters of Recommendation are required in CASPA
    2. 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. 
    1. 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 admissions@pa.com.msu.edu 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.
    1. Interviews for the 2022-2023 cycle will be one-on-one virtual interviews via Zoom.
  6. Those invited for interview will need to complete the CASPer assessment. Applications will not be considered for committee review until CASPer score has been received.
    1. CASPer score must be from the current application cycle
  7. 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
  • CASPer score test date deadline: December 8
    • We recommend considering an earlier test date, as application will not be considered complete for review by the admissions committee until CASPer score received
  • 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.