Application Requirements

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

  • Apply via CASPA (Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants)
  • Application Deadline - September 1, 2015 (This is a "hard" deadline.)
  • Supplemental Application and Fee
  • Office GRE Scores
  • International Applicant Requirements 
    • Foreign Evaluation Services Accepted:  ECE, WES, or Josef Silny & Associates 
    • TOEFL

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, three recommendation letters, 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, 2015, deadline.​

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 ​and select "Save As" to download the supplemental application.  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.

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.