School of Health Sciences Physician Assistant Studies

Admissions Process

Application Requirements & Deadline

Submission of completed application and all required materials to CASPA

Applications must be submitted to CASPA by September 1. COMPLETE, VERIFIED applications must be received by the PA Program by October 15 to be considered for interview. We highly recommend submission of ALL application materials to CASPA by September 1 to meet this deadline.

  • CASPA application fee paid and application e-submitted
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended received and verified by CASPA
  • Two Letters of Recommendation submitted to CASPA

For more information visit CASPA's facebook page.  For assistance on adding your coursework to the CASPA application check out the new YouTube training video.

Incomplete applications and those not meeting all requirements are not considered for further evaluation.

CASPA will not review or forward your application to the Program until all requested information is received, therefore the Program is not responsible for applications not received due to missing information.

Communication during the Admissions Cycle

The program communicates with applicants exclusively via email throughout the admissions cycle. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that the program has the correct email contact information. If you do not receive communication from our program within one week of the date CASPA verifies your application, it is possible that the email communication is being blocked by your service provider or is being placed in your junk mail.

Applicants who do not receive this communication should contact the program to ensure that future communications can be delivered. Failure to follow up with the program may result in withdraw of the application if requested materials are not returned by stated deadlines.

Additional Application Materials
  • All applicants to the USD PA Program are required to complete the USD Graduate School Application and pay the $35 fee by September 1
  • Any additional application materials deemed necessary by the program will be e-mailed should they be necessary. Failure to return all materials by the stated deadline will result in the withdrawal of the application from consideration for interview or acceptance
  • Invitations to interview will be offered to select applicants based on review of the written application materials
    • A personal interview with the PA Admissions Committee is required
  • Additional information may be obtained at the time of interview 

After personal interviews are conducted, the Admissions Committee makes its final selections, and a decision letter is sent to each applicant.

Background Check

All applicants offered a position in our program must pass a criminal background check before officially being accepted.