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The 2015-2016 Admissions Cycle opens on May 1, 2015, with all materials due on November 1, 2015. Once the admissions cycle opens no changes can be made to the requirements.

All application materials must be received by the deadline. The program will not review applications that are incomplete, received after the deadline, or do not meet the minimum requirements.

The application cycle begins annually on May 1, and those who meet the minimum requirements can apply by completing the following three-step process:
  1. Apply through the Centralized Application Service of Physician Assistants (CASPA) at http://www.caspaonline.org. Official transcripts are considered part of the CASPA application must be sent directly to them. Applications will not be verified until all official transcripts have been received. The CASPA application must be e-submitted, completed and VERIFIED by November 1. Please allow up to four weeks for verification. Contact CASPA for more information.

  2. Three (3) letters of reference are required, one of which must be from a Medical Doctor (MD), Doctor of Osteopathy (DO), or Physician Assistant (PA), and are considered part of the CASPA application and must be submitted through CASPA. Please do not submit additional reference letters to our office. CASPA will not start the verification process of your application unless two of your three letters of reference have been received.

  3. Mail the completed Supplemental Application and Application Payment Form, along with a check or money order for the non-refundable fee of $110.00. The updated Supplemental Application and Application Payment Form will be posted on our website no later than May 1, 2015.

  4. Submit Graduate Record Examination Score directly and electronically to USA, Institution Code 1880. For details, visit www.ets.org. Applicants can self-report unofficial scores on their CASPA application, but this does not replace official score reports.

If an international student, the applicant must also:
  1. Have international degree evaluated by the USA Office of International Services to verify that it meets the USA equivalency of a Baccalaureate degree.
  2. Contact the Office of International Services at time of application to verify needed documents for admission to the University of South Alabama. Proof of having required documentation must be presented to the Department of PA Studies by the November 1 deadline to have your application considered for admittance into the program. Application to USA through the Office of International Services is required in addition to completing the Department of Physician Assistant Studies requirements to be admitted into the program.
  3. Take all prerequisites in the U.S. to establish a USA GPA. Applicants may have only one (1) prerequisite course in progress at time of application.
  4. Have all international coursework and degrees evaluated by World Education Services for submission with CASPA application.
  5. TOEFL –International Students, whose native language is not English, must submit a score of 100 or above on the Test of English as a Second Language (TOEFL-IBT) for admission.
A student that is a U.S. Citizen with international coursework will follow the same procedures as international students if applicable (steps 1, 3 and 4 only), the applicant should consult CASPA instructions for clarification on evaluations and submission: CASPA Instructions and FAQs. Coursework as part of a regionally accredited institution study abroad program that appears on the transcript as credit granted by that university will not require further evaluation.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to monitor the delivery of all materials to the USA PA program office and to CASPA.  For convenience, CASPA now offers a smartphone app for monitoring your application. See the CASPA online portal at https://portal.caspaonline.org/.

Supplemental Application

Mail the completed Supplemental Application and Application Payment Form, along with a check or money order for the non-refundable fee of $110.00 to the Department of PA Studies no later than November 1. Supplemental applications and fees postmarked after November 1 will not be accepted.

Click here for the Supplemental Application and Application Payment Form.

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