Application Requirements

Application Checklist (Scroll down to take action on each of these items.)

  • Apply via Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA)
  • Application Deadline
  • Supplemental Application and Fee
  • GRE
  • International Applicant Requirements 
    • ECE, WES, or Josef Silney and Associates, Inc. Requirements
    • TOEFL
    • I-20
  • Contact our Admissions Office with any questions or concerns at: or  989-774-1730.

1. CASPA Application

ALL students must apply using CASPA (Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants), an online application service. The CASPA student portal will launch April 22, 2015, for the 2016 application cycle (caspa2016).


2.  Application Deadline

The application deadline for our May 2016 PA Program is September 1, 2015.  This is a "firm" deadline, which means that ALL application materials MUST be received by the CHP Admissions Office by September 1, 2015, for your application to be considered for our May 2016 program.  This includes a completed and verified CASPA application, recommenda- tion evaluations, supplemental application and fee, a minimum of 100 "paid for" direct patient care hours and 400 volunteer hours, and an official GRE score sent electronically from ETS/GRE to CASPA. 

For international students, please note #5. for additional application requirements.

Note: CASPA's processing time is 4-6 weeks for a "complete and verified" application. Plan accordingly and manage your account to insure all your application materials are received by the September 1, 2015, deadline.


3.  CMU Supplemental Application & Fee

ALL students are required to complete our Supplemental Application & Fee. The PA Supplemental Application must be downloaded and completed on your computer, as it will automatically calculate your prerequisite GPA.  Click here and select "Save As" to download the supplemental application.  Mailing instructions are noted on the last page of the spreadsheet.  Supplemental applications completed by hand will be returned to the student.    


4.  GRE General Test

ALL students are required to take the GRE, and your scores must be sent directly to CASPA from ETS.  We no longer accept paper copies.  To insure your scores are sent electronically, provide ETS with our code:  0518 Central MI U CASPA

Visit the GRE site for more information.

5.  International Students -  Foreign Evaluation (ECE, WES, or Josef Silney and Associates, Inc.) Requirements

Coursework taken at international institutions must be evaluated by ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.), WES (World Education Services), or Josef Silney and Associates, Inc.  An official course-by-course evaluation must be sent directly to CASPA and Central Michigan University, CHP Admissions Office, HPB 1212, Mt. Pleasant, MI  48859.  Do not send official transcripts to CASPA; however, they must be sent to Central Michigan University at the above address.  Canadian students are excluded from providing a foreign evaluation; however, they must send official transcripts to CASPA and the CHP Admissions Office.


6.  TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

ALL prospective students who are not citizens of a TOEFL-exempt country must submit a satisfactory test score on the TOEFL or IELTS.  Score requirements:  79 or 6.5 on the TOEFL/IELTS for regular admission, 61-78 or 5.5 and 6.0 for conditional admissions. For more information on TOEFL requirements, please reference the Graduate Bulletin.   


7.  I-20​

ALL international students who are accepted into the PA Program are required to submit to CMU an I-20 Affidavit/Statement of Support form along with evidence of financial support.  For more information, contact the C​​ollege of Graduate Studies