Applying to the Graduate Professional Physician Assistant Program

2016-2017 Application Cycle

The University of the Sciences Graduate Professional Physician Assistant Program utilizes a two part application process.  The complete application consists of the CASPA application and, for selected applicants, the supplemental application.

Please note: Notifications about application status and interviews are regularly sent by USciences via the CASPA email system.  For that reason we strongly encourage all applicants visit the CASPA FAQs for more information about the process and ensuring emails do not get marked as spam by your email provider.

Part 1Official applications are only accepted through CASPA (Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants).  The CASPA portal will open on April 27, 2016.  CASPA will collect and summarize all of the applicant’s data (application form, transcripts, recommendations, and personal statement), which will be forwarded to the program.  While the average time from application completion to verification is two and a half weeks, verification can take four weeks during busy periods. Therefore early application is highly recommended.

It is imperative that all courses planned or in progress MUST be listed in the designated space on the CASPA application.

Please note that three letters of recommendation are required at time of application submission. Letters that are outstanding at time of verification and application review will not be considered in the screening process. Additional letters of recommendation cannot be accepted outside of CASPA.

Part 2:   The supplemental application is designed to provide the PA Program Admission Committee with an enhanced understanding of the applicant's character, interests, and potential.  It will encompass practice or profession-based essay questions whose content will be created with the input of PA faculty and the admissions department. 

The supplemental application will only be sent to qualified candidates. This is determined by an initial application screening to determine eligibility, as outlined in our admission requirements. The supplemental application will be sent to qualified candidates in an email explaining the process and a link to complete it online. A $50.00 fee must be paid online in order to complete submission of the supplemental application within two (2) weeks of when it was sent from the program. Failure to submit the supplemental application within two (2) weeks will negate your eligibility for an interview. Supplemental applications that are not solicited will not be reviewed.

Application Deadline

Application deadline for the class entering August of 2017 will be November 1, 2016; applications must be verified by this deadline.  Interviews will commence no earlier than July 1 2016.  Applications will be reviewed, and interviews assigned, on a rolling basis.

Please do not send transcripts, resumes, recommendations, or any additional materials to the program. We are only able to review verified materials submitted through CASPA and the supplemental application in order to determine eligibility for interviews.

Fair Practice in Admissions

The Graduate Professional Physician Assistant Program has been designed to incorporate a diversity of student populations.  These include successful students from the University of the Sciences Undergraduate Pre-Professional Physician Assistant Program as well as post-baccalaureate applicants. 

Ideal composition of each 40 seat class will consist of a mix of post-baccalaureate students and Undergraduate Pre-Professional Physician Assistant Program students.  To that end, preference will be given to eligible Undergraduate Pre-Professional Physician Assistant Program students for up to fifty percent of existing seats.  Actual percentages will vary depending on the eligible number of pre-professional students

Along with the University, the Graduate Professional Physician Assistant Program strives to create a safe and welcoming environment that embraces differences.  University of the Sciences recognizes that a diverse campus community is essential to enriching intellectual exchanges and enhancing cultural understanding, and as such, values equality of opportunity, mutual respect, and diversity.  The University does not discriminate in admission, employment or administration of its programs on the basis of gender, age, disability, race, religion, creed, national origin, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or in violation of federal, state and local laws or executive orders.

Accreditation Statement

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation–Provisional to the University of the Sciences Graduate Professional Physician Assistant Program.  Accreditation–Provisional is an accreditation status.  The status indicates that the plans and resource allocation for the proposed program appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards, if fully implemented as planned.  Accreditation–Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status.  It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class.