Application Process (Entering class 2015)
The application process outlined below is tentative; pending accreditation.
- Step 1: Submit CASPA Application
All applications must be submitted through the Central Application Service for PAs (CASPA).
Information required for the CASPA application includes the following:
- General Information
- - Please do not send transcripts to the USF Physician Assistant (PA) Program.
- - All transcripts sent to the program before acceptance will be discarded.
- - We will require students to send official transcripts directly to USF after being accepted into the program.
- Work Experience
- Narrative Statement
- Verifiable Patient Care Experience
- - All verifiable direct care experience hours should be listed in the CASPA application.
- - You will have an opportunity to share your experiences in your personal statement, secondary application (if selected to receive), and interview (if invited).
- 3 Letters of Recommendation (LOR)
- - The program strongly suggest that at least one LOR is from a PA or physician with whom you’ve had clinical experience.
- - LOR’s should contain an assessment of your personal qualities, strengths and weaknesses, and your suitability for career in the PA profession.
- - LOR’s from family members, friends, or clergy will not be accepted as official references.
- GRE/MACT Scores
- - CASPA Specific USF GRE Code:8854
- -- GRE scores must be submitted via CASPA with the CASPA specific USF GRE code.
- -- Any GRE/MACT scores sent directly to USF will be discarded.
CASPA Application Fee
The fee for utilizing the CASPA application service is $135.00 (for applying to one school) before September 1 and $175.00 for applicants applying on or after September 1, with an additional $45 for each program designation, and must be paid before CASPA will provide an application.
- USF will not appear as a school you can apply to in CASPA. If provisionally accredited, USF will appear in early October.
In consideration for many Military Veteran’s fragmented and non-traditional college pathways, Veteran’s applications will be reviewed for training courses they may have received academic credit for through the appropriate educational institutions (e.g., Community College of the Air Force, Community College of the Army, University of Maryland, etc.).
- Step 2: Pay USF Graduate School Application Fee
Every applicant who is applying for the MCOM PA Program will be required to pay a $30 USF Graduate school application fee after completing their CASPA application. A link will appear in this area once we start accepting applications.
Your application will not be reviewed by the USF PA Program unless the USF Graduate School application fee has been paid.
- Step 3: Secondary Application
After initial review of applicants CASPA application, selected candidates will be sent a secondary application via e-mail to be completed.
You will have 21 days to complete and return this application.
If the secondary application is not returned the applicant will not be considered for interview.
- Step 4: Interview
Our interview process is intended to assess interviewee’s non-cognitive skills.
Applicants selected to interview will be invited to attend an on-campus interview beginning tentatively in January 2015.
Please note that USF PA Program does not admit applicants on a "rolling" basis.
Offers of admission will be made beginning in late-February.
- Step 5: Selected Students
Selected students will be required to submit the following documents:
- State Residency Affidavit (can be scanned and uploaded electronically)
- Background Check
- - CASPA requires applicants to disclose any felony convictions.
- - In addition, the USF PA Program Secondary Application requires applicants to disclose if they have ever been charged or convicted of a misdemeanor, felony or other crime other than minor traffic violations (i.e. speeding), or do you have such a case pending.
- Technical Standards
- - Signed document confirming acceptance of technical standards
- Health requirements
- - Physical exam certification
- - Proof of health insurance
- - Communicable disease prevention certification.