Applying to the MS in Physician Assistant Studies Program
You have been preparing for this moment for years and NU School of PA Medicine is excited to be a part of your journey.
Below you will find application information and resources to guide you through the process.
How To Apply
Applicants who wish to apply to NU School of PA Medicine must register and apply through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) portal.
- Complete and submit the CASPA application no later than March 1, 2024 11:59 p.m. EST
- Questions about the CASPA portal, please contact CASPA applicant help center directly
- No supplemental application required
- No Graduate Review Evaluation (GRE) required
- Utilize an email address in your application that you will have access to and actively monitor for at least one year
Applicants are strongly advised to submit applications a minimum of 4 weeks prior to the deadline. International applicants should allow at least 2 months for transcript processing.
Northwest University does not collect any application fees. Fees required to submit the CASPA application are submitted directly to CASPA. For information on fees and any refunds, you will need to contact CASPA directly. CASPA does offer a fee assistance program with a limited number of fee waivers to qualified applicants on a first-come, first-served basis.
DO NOT send official transcripts to Northwest University unless requested to do so by the university. All official transcripts must be submitted through CASPA. If an application is missing any course(s) or transcript(s), it will be removed from further consideration.
If you have been previously enrolled as a student in a physician assistant, medical (including foreign), or ANY health profession or allied health profession program (including, but not limited to MD, DO, dentistry, physical therapy, occupational therapy, chiropractic, podiatry, etc.), you MUST provide all transcripts.
General information and application forms for financial aid and financing education are available at: Graduate Financial Aid.
Candidates who are invited for an interview will meet with a financial aid representative.
International applicants interested in applying to the PA program should contact the International Student Services at Northwest University to verify compliance with entry requirements within the US. Applicants that desire to study in the US must obtain a visa from the United States. Applicants must meet all the requirements for admission to the PA program and be admitted to Northwest University. The University will assist the student with the necessary forms to apply for the required student visa. It is important to note: All foreign applicants must be admitted to the PA program prior to applying for student visa.
Foreign Degree Requirements
Any college or university transcript which is submitted from a school located outside of the US and Canada must be supplemented by an official evaluation of the transcript for US degree equivalency and GPA, performed by an institution approved by NACES (https://www.naces.org/members). If the applicant has taken any of the prerequisites required for admission to the PA program outside the US, a course-by-course evaluation will also be required. Once the transcript evaluation has been completed, the applicant must submit the transcript through CASPA. For more information on foreign transcript evaluation and submission through CASPA, please visit the help center.
English Language Proficiency Requirement
Applicants are exempt from the English Language Proficiency Requirement if their native language is English, or if they have completed a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree from a U.S. regionally accredited college/university with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
- PA applicants whom the requirement applies must fulfill it via one of the following test scores to qualify for admission to Northwest University:
- TOEFL internet-based (iBT) score of 90
- IELTS score of 7
- Duolingo English Test score of 115
- Completion of Northwest University’s Center for English Language Education (CELE) program Level 6 Bridge with a grade of 85% or higher and a GPA of 3.0 in NU Bridge Classes
Northwest University School of PA Medicine is proud to serve veterans. Learn more about Resources for Veterans including veteran’s benefits.
A qualified veteran is a person who served on active duty in any branch of the Armed Forces, including the National Guard or Reserves and who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable.
Any qualified veteran who meets the minimum admission requirements is guaranteed an interview.
Military coursework that is given a pass/fail grade cannot fulfill the prerequisite coursework requirement because a pass grade is considered a C or better.
Official transcripts from all attended regionally accredited U.S. institutions of higher learning must be submitted in your CASPA application. A Joint Services Transcript is not required unless it includes courses with letter or number grade.
Note: Qualified veterans must upload a copy of military paperwork (i.e., DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) in the Documents Section of the CASPA application to receive this preference.
The NU School of PA Medicine adheres to a policy of equal opportunity and non-discrimination on the basis of sex, age, race, ethnic origin, religion, disability, military service, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by law. NU School of PA Medicine fully recognizes the importance of fostering diversity in the PA student body to create a future PA workforce representative of a variety of cultures and backgrounds to provide effective delivery of health care to patient populations that are not homogenous. People from all socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, educational backgrounds, and groups underrepresented in medicine (URiM) are strongly encouraged to apply.