FAQ

Requirements and the Application Process

No, you only need to apply to CASPA and the USA Physician Assistant Department. Follow the steps on the How to Apply page on the program website for specifics.
We accept any bachelor’s degree, and our accepted students have had degrees in business, music, psychology, exercise science, nursing, international studies, as well as many others.

Prerequisites

We only accept coursework taken at a regionally accredited institution. Check with your school or contact Ms. Nancy Dunn, Admissions Coordinator at pastudies@southalabama.edu to determine if it has the correct accreditation.
No prerequisites are waived, and all applicants, regardless of academic or professional background, must take all of the required courses at a U.S. regionally accredited institution.
Yes, as long as they are completed successfully before the program begins in mid-May. Applicants who received their approved equivalent baccalaureate degree internationally may have only one (1) prerequisite in progress at the time of application.
The Prerequisite Checklist found on our website serves as a guide for course evaluation. If you have more questions, email the course number, description and school attended to Ms. Nancy Dunn, Admissions Coordinator, at pastudies@southalabama.edu.
Yes, if they are taken at a regionally accredited institution, and the courses appear on an official college transcript.
Yes, if they are taken at a regionally accredited institution, and the courses appear on an official college transcript.
We do not have a set “expiration date” for courses taken, as long as they were taken at a regionally accredited institution and meet the grade requirements of C or higher.
Yes, as long as they are listed on an official college transcript from a regionally accredited institution.

References

Your three letters of reference--one of which must be from a PA, MD, or DO--should ideally be from healthcare professionals who are familiar with your clinical skills, or with whom you have shadowed. We do not advise securing character references or those from pastors, friends, teachers, or your family doctor.
All reference letters must be submitted to CASPA and be included with your CASPA application. Procedures for submitting references are on the CASPA website. Reference letters sent to our office will not be accepted. CASPA will not verify your application until at least two (2) of the three (3) references letters have been received.

GPAs and GREs

We cannot accept applications that do not meet the program minimum requirements.
We can only accept applications that meet the minimum required GRE score of Quantitative 145, Verbal 145, Analytical Writing (no minimum required score).
Due to the large number of applications received, once you submit your CASPA application, we do not recalculate your GPA.
CASPA evaluates grades differently than some schools. If a student re-takes a course to get a better grade, CASPA averages the two together. CAPSA does not recognize Grade Replacement or Academic Bankruptcy. The higher grade does not replace the lower grade. Please visit caspaonline.org for clarification.
No, we require and accept only the GRE.

After the Deadline

Interviews are scheduled to be held in November, December and January. Interview invitations may be issued until the final interview week in January.
Applicants who interview will be notified via email of their application status around the end of January. Some interviewees may receive status updates closer to their interview date.