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Applying to PA School

The Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) is used by most Physician Assistant (PA) schools. CASPA is a service of the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA), which is the national organization representing PA programs. Typically, the cycle begins and the application opens up every year in April. CASPA helps your process in applying to PA school, as you can apply to multiple programs with only one application. You can find application help here through their live chat. You can also contact CASPA directly by phone at 617-612-2080, or by email at

Application Check-List

  • If required, take the GRE, CASPer, or PA-CAT tests.
  • Know the deadline dates of each program you are applying to, as well as their requirements to make sure you qualify.
  • Make sure to list every course you have taken for college credit on your application. This includes AP, dual credit, study abroad, and repeated courses.
  • List your coursework exactly as written on your transcript.
  • Double check that you are requesting transcripts from every college you have attended. For BYU transcripts, BYU uses the third-party service, Parchment, to electronically deliver your transcript to CASPA.
  • You should be able to see your transcripts within a week of sending them to CASPA. If you cannot see them within a week, contact CASPA to get an update on your transcript’s status.
  • Check-in with your letter writers and discuss a timeline for when you need the letters submitted. Send your letter requests via CASPA.
  • Do not procrastinate in writing your personal statement! This is an important part of the application process. After attending our personal statement workshop, meet with our personal statement editor to work on polishing your essay.
  • Some schools have rolling admissions. For those programs, the earlier you apply, the better.
  • Proofread your application. Simple mistakes can hurt your application!