Application Checklist (Scroll down to take action on each of these items.)
- Apply via CASPA (Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants) - Reference CAS Application TImeline Commandments
- CASPA Launch Date for the 2017 Application Cycle: April 27, 2016
- Application Deadline - September 1, 2016 (This is a "hard" deadline.)
- Supplemental Application and Fee
- Official GRE Scores (sent electronically from ETS/GRE to CASPA)
- International Applicant Requirements
- Foreign Evaluation Services Accepted: ECE, WES, or Josef Silny & Associates
1. CASPA Application
All applicants must apply using CASPA (Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants), an online application service. The CASPA student portal will launch on April 27, 2016, for the 2017 application cycle.
2. Application Deadline
The application deadline for our May 2017 PA Program is September 1, 2016. This is a "hard" deadline, which means that all application materials must be received by September 1, 2016, for your application to be considered for our May 2017 program. This includes a completed and verified CASPA application, three letters of recommendation, our supplemental application and fee, official GRE scores, and a minimum of 500 direct patient care hours. Of the 500 hours required, 100 must be "paid" for hours.
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 our September 1, 2016, deadline - reference above CAS Application Timeline Commandments link.
3. CMU Supplemental Application & Fee
All students are required to complete our supplemental spplication & fee. It must be downloaded and completed on your computer, as it will automatically calculate your prerequisite GPA. Click here to download our supplemental application - use either Chrome or Firefox web broswers - do not use Explorer. Mailing instructions are noted on the last page of the spreadsheet. Any supplemental application completed by hand will be returned to the student.
4. Graduate Record Examination (GRE - General Test)
All students are required to take the GRE, and official scores must be sent directly from GRE to CASPA, as we no longer accept paper copies. To insure CASPA receives your official scores, provide GRE with our code: 0518. Do not have your GRE scores sent to CASPA until the portal has launched for the 2017 applciation cycle and you have e-submittedd your CASPA application. Otherwise, you will have to pay to have them resent.
Visit the GRE site for more information.
5. International Students - Foreign Evaluation (ECE, WES, or Josef Silny & Associates) Requirements
Coursework taken at international institutions must be evaluated by ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.), WES (World Education Services), or Josef Silny & Associates. 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) Scores
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.
International students who are offered/accepted into our PA Program must submit to CMU's College of Graduate Studies an I-20 Affidavit/Statement of Support Form, along with evidence of financial support. For more information, please reference the Graduate Bulletin or contact them at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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