Physician Assistant (PA) School Application Timeline for 2021-2022 (for applicants planning to start PA school in fall 2022)

Since many Physician Assistant schools have rolling admissions, applying early is important. As the cycle proceeds and spots in the class are filled, admission for the remaining spots can become more competitive. The entire application process takes nearly a full year to complete. By familiarizing yourself with the application process early on, you can develop a schedule for the many application-related tasks you will need to complete and submit a high quality application early in the cycle.

Most PA programs use The Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants as their primary application.

In addition to submitting a primary application through one of these services, most PA schools require a secondary or supplemental application. The final step in the application is an interview.

Here is a timeline for the 2021-2022 PA school admissions cycle to help you with your planning:

January 2021

  • Become familiar with the application process and about PA schools. Good sources of information are the CASPAS site, PA school websites, and your pre-health advisor.
  • Confirm that you are on track to complete the pre-requisite courses for PA school.
  • Continue to gain medical and community service and/or research experience throughout the next year.

February – March 2021

  • Request letters of recommendation from faculty and PAs individually or obtain a committee letter per your undergraduate institution’s protocol.
  • Consider taking the GRE in winter or early spring.

April – May 2021

  • CASPA opens in late April.
  • Take or retake the GRE.
  • Begin receiving supplemental applications from programs. Note: some schools have secondary application questions within the CASPA application in the “Program Materials” section. Those must be completed at the time CASPA is submitted to those schools.)

June – August 2021

  • Continue receiving supplemental applications.
  • Interviews begin in July or August at some schools.

September – Spring 2021

  • Interview at PA schools.
  • Stay in contact with schools you are waitlisted at.

Fall 2022

  • Begin PA school!

71 thoughts on “Physician Assistant (PA) School Application Timeline for 2021-2022 (for applicants planning to start PA school in fall 2022)”

  1. I am unable to take microbiology with lab during spring 2020, but I want to apply during this year’s cycle to (if accepted) attend PA school in fall 2021. If I take microbiology with lab in the summer of 2020, can I still apply for PA school?

    1. Hi Stephanie,

      Most PA schools are fine with an applicant having one or two courses that are left to be completed after the application has been submitted as long as they are done before the student begins PA school. However, check the admissions pages for specific PA schools to check their policies.

  2. Hi! I am currently in my second semester as a sophomore (spring 2020 semester). I do not want to take a gap yea, meaning I want to attend PA school right after my senior year of college. I am confused as to which cycle I would be applying to. I would be applying at the end of junior year… so I am thinking I would apply during the April 2021 cycle? Is this correct? Can someone people clear this up for me?

    1. Hi Anjali,

      If you would like to start PA school immediately after graduating, and you are graduating in May/June of 2022, then you will be applying for the cycle that opens in April 2021.

  3. Katelyn Conceicao

    I am graduating May of 2021 and I do not want to take a gap year so I would technically be attending PA school by Fall of 2021. I am confused though as to when I should start the application process. Can someone please clarify. Thank You.

  4. Hello! I am currently a Senior in college and will be graduating in March of 2021. I still need Microbiology along with biochemistry nor have I taken the GRE. I do have 1800 hours of patient care experience as a CNA. I don’t have any shadowing hours, but plan on doing that this summer. Is it possible that I could start PA school fall of 2021 or is my best bet 2022?
    Thanks!

    1. Hi Ty,

      Most PA schools will consider applicants who have one or two required classes pending as long as those are completed before the applicant starts PA school. I recommend checking the admissions pages for specific schools you’re interested in regarding their policies for completing prerequisite coursework. 1800 hours of patient care experience is a good number. If possible, though, try to do the PA shadowing prior to submitting your application as those experiences may help you write a stronger personal statement explaining your interest in the PA profession. I can’t advise you specifically about whether to apply this year or next as there are many factors that go into being competitive. For example, some students have GPAs that are too low to be competitive and need to take a year of post-bac coursework before applying.

  5. Hello,
    I want to apply this year (my junior year) so that I can start right after I graduate in 2021. Im wondering when you typically hear back from PA schools that start in June-Sept and also when you have to put your deposit down/ confirm enrollment? Since there are so many different start dates I imagine it makes things complicated.
    Thanks!

  6. Hi,
    I was working on a timeline and wanted to make sure I had it correct. I will graduate in May 2021 & wanted to take a gap year (maybe 2 if I join the peace corp). If I take one year off this is the timeline I created:
    April-May 2021: Take/retake GRE & Apply
    June-August 2021: Supplemental Applications & Interviews
    Sep 2021 – Spring 2022: Interviews
    Fall 2022: PA school starts
    Is this correct? I get confused a little with the timeline.

  7. Hello! I graduated from a school that does committee letters last May, however, the pre-health advisor/coordinator from this school is somewhat of a nightmare, does not know me well, and does not use email (seriously), and I am afraid a letter compiled by her would be incompetent. My question is, is it acceptable NOT to include a committee letter even if you have one? Or would that look poorly?

    Thank you!

    1. First, make sure that you check the websites for each school you plan to apply to about their policies regarding letters of recommendation. If they don’t state that an applicant has to obtain a committee letter if one is offered by the applicant’s college, then obtaining individual letters of recommendation instead of the committee letter is fine.

  8. Hi!

    I graduate May 2021 and will have all my prerequisite courses done. I definitely started late on getting shadowing hours and direct patient care hours and will begin getting them this summer 2020. I do plan on taking a gap year to continue to get my hours. My question then would be my gap year would start May 2021 and plan on working full time to get my hours. Would I still be able to apply in the fall of 2021 to begin PA school fall of 2022 even if I do not have all my hours done? Or do I have to wait to have all my hours and should wait and apply in the fall of 2022 to start PA school in fall of 2023, which would mean I would take 2 years off?

    Thank you!!!

    1. Some PA schools require a certain number of patient care hours (e.g. 500) completed at the time of the application, whereas others are more lenient and the hours are a “recommendation” or “preferred” or they are a requirement that needs to be completed by a particular date, but not necessarily by the time the application is submitted. Therefore, there’s no blanket answer as it’s school dependent, so you need to look on the websites for each school you’re interested in or contact them directly.

  9. Hello!

    I plan to graduate in May of 2021 and complete a gap year as either an ED tech or a PCA. I was suppose to graduate with 1000 hours of clinical experience but due to COVID19 my clinical co-op has been delayed for now, and I am not sure how many hours I will have. Will PA schools take into account how many hours I will supposedly have after completing my gap year in a clinical setting? I want to make sure my hours are competitive, so I hope they take those into account if there is a place in the application to explain what I am doing for my gap year.

    Thank you!

  10. Hello, I have a weird question. I was originally planning to apply to medical school however plans change and I realized it was not the correct path for me. I was wondering if I am eligible to apply to PA school with my medical school application materials (letters of recommendation referencing medical school and an mcat score). I do have ~2000 clinical hours, a good gpa, and very diverse clincial and research experiences. Thank you for your time and patience.

  11. Hello I am sure this has been answered a million times but I am just frustrated. So I just found out that you have to have your BS before you are able to enter into PA school, sure fine and understandable. I am frustrated at the fact of the matter that I will obtain my 4 year degree in may 2021….apply in caspa in april 2021 but won’t be able to attend THAT fall 2021…. I would be allowed to enter for 2022…. just sucks. Any clarification as to why this is so?

    1. Hi Melissa,

      You can apply for PA school while you’re still in college. You just need to have your bachelor’s degree before you start P.A. school. Therefore, you could apply this cycle (April 2020) and potentially be accepted for fall 2021 entry. Since PA schools put a lot of emphasis on hands-on patient care experience, many PA applicants take a gap year, so they apply for PA school at the end of their senior year, but if you have sufficient hands-on experience for the programs you’re interested in you could apply this cycle. Some P.A. schools don’t allow pending prerequisites, others allow one or two at the time of the application, so if you’ve got more prequisites to complete your senior year, check on the PA programs’ websites to see if they are okay with in-progress or future prereqs.

  12. I have been preparing to fill out my application, and have all but finished my CASPA application. The only part that I am missing is that I did not have my emails for letters of recommendation entered into the supporting information section by the closing date of April 1st, 2020. Is there any way to submit my letters of recommendation externally/separately from the app?

  13. Hello Dr.Eaton.
    My name is Stefania and I am a junior at University. I would like to to apply to PA school during the 2020-2021 cycle, however I will not complete my bachelor’s until fall 2021. I have completed ALL pre-requisites wanted by PA schools along with over 3,000 of hands on clinical hours, 3 PA shadowing experiences and 500 hour volunteer hours. Should I just wait and apply in 2021 for the 2022 cycle? Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thank you for you time.

    1. Hi Stefania,

      Since you have all the prerequisites and a significant number of clinical hours, you could apply this cycle even with your bachelor’s degree in progress. Programs typically just want the degree completed before you start the program, not at the time of the application. However, I can’t say specifically what you should do as that also depends on factors such as overall and science GPA (if either of those are weak than waiting a year would give you your senior year to strengthen your academic record) as well as the quality of the clinical experiences.

      Carleen Eaton, MD

  14. Hi,Dr Eaton
    I did my MD in Pakistan , worked for IHC 7 years as a medical assistant in family practice , Instacare ,sleep medicine . My credentials had been evaluated from CASPA in 2010 . I did all pre- requisition from SLCC in 2008. I need to know do I have to take Anatomy and Biology again on line and what is status of my evaluations by CASPA . Another thing I completed my Labs in SLCC at that time . Now due toCOVID -19 how can I take those labs. I want to apply for next year PA program and needs to know what things I need to renew. I worked as pediatrician back home for 4 years and my residency was in OB/ GYN and pediatrics. Medicine is my passion. Would you please update me what I need to do? Thanks

  15. Ifedayo Akinyemi

    I work as a medical assistant and I shadow the Physician I work with. I plan on attending PA school soon. I am currently taking my prerequisites as I have a bachelor’s degree already. Do you know if PA schools allow classes taken at a community college.

    1. Hi Ifedayo,

      Most PA schools do allow prequisites to be taken at a community college, but if there is a school that you are particularly interested in then check their website specifically about that issue.

  16. Hello Dr. Eaton,
    I am going to graduate in spring 2021 and planning to take a gap year. I am planning to apply for PA school in May 2021 so that I can attend in August 2022. So my question is that will the hours I get after I apply to PA school count or they won’t?

  17. Hi,
    So i am supposed to graduate spring 2021 but i am thinking of switching my major so i can take 3 of the pre-requisite courses with financial aid so i will be graduating fall2021 is it still possible to apply for PA school fall2022? Or am i screwed…i am taking my GRE in september. i already work as a medical assistant for 3 1/2 years so i have more than 1000 hours. i have a 3.2GPA currently. DO I have any hope for fall 2022? will schools accept me?

  18. Hello, I am set to graduate December 2020 and I am about to begin gathering my PCE. Most schools I am looking at require 1000 minimum hours. Do you think I will be able to apply April/June 2021 or is that cutting it close, because I really would like to attend PA school by 2022.

  19. Hi Jasleen,

    First, check this page on CASPA or the program’s websites or contact them to find out if the October 1st deadline in the date that CASPA has to be submitted by or if it actually has to be verified by then as it differs by program. You can then also contact CASPA to see how long verification is taking at this point. In my experience, a few weeks is sufficient time for verification at this time of year, but it can vary, especially with COVID impacting nearly everything. Best wishes to you in your application to PA school!

  20. Hey,

    I will be finishing all of my pre-requisites during my Fall Semester of 2022. Basically, I will be graduating within 3.5 years. When is the earliest I can apply to PA School?

    1. Some PA schools allow applicants to apply with prerequisites in progress as long as those will be completed by the time the student begins PA school. You’ll need to check the webpages for each school to determine that or contact the schools. If they allow that, then you could apply for the cycle that opens April 2022 to start in Fall 2023. The application process is long, so you actually apply the spring or summer prior to the year you want to attend PA school. However, PA schools place a lot of emphasis on patient care experience, so your readiness to apply will also depend upon if you’re able to get enough patient care hours to be competitive for the schools you’re aiming for.

    2. Hi Don,

      Some P.A. schools allow students with pending requirements to apply, but you’ll have to check the admissions pages for individual schools to determine that. For those that do, you could apply in spring 2022 and begin P.A. school in fall 2023. However, depending on how many and which courses you have pending you may need to wait until spring 2023 to apply and then begin P.A. school in fall 2024

  21. So I am a current 4th year at CSULA as a Public Health Major. I will attend a 5th year so technically I will be graduating Spring of 2022. By that time I have finished all the requirements but my only problem is if my classes from 2019 Spring and Fall will still valid once I apply for PA School? I want to Apply PA School by FALL of 2024. I was planning to do Medical Scribe throughout the 2020 Summer but I didn’t get to because of the current Pandemic we are in right now. I need volunteering/ Patient Clinical Experience. What volunteering /Patient Clinical Experience should I apply to. I need to apply by 2024. I know maybe confusing but I need help.

    1. Hi Horace,

      Regarding expiration of prerequisite courses, courses are usually valid if they are taken within the past ten years. There are some exceptions, so check individual programs sites as well. For patient care hours, medical assistant, EMT, and certified nurse assistant (CNA) are all means of getting patient care hours and are something you may be able to do part time while still in school and then full time during a gap year. There are medical assisting jobs that don’t require a certification. Ask any connections you have with physicians/PAs if they know of openings as well as go on career websites and check the listings and apply to those that don’t require an M.A. certification. Some will train on the job and various applicants I’ve worked with have successfully gone that route to get patient care experiences. Scribe is accepted by some programs, but others don’t consider it hands-on enough and prefer M.A., C.N.A. EMT etc. Start the clinical experience as soon as you can do so without impacting your grades by juggling too much at once. Some programs have no minimum number of hours, some have 500 and some have 1000 or more. The more competitive programs have higher minimums.

  22. Also since I am graduating from my undergrad on Spring 2022. I was thinking of applying to a 1 year program for Medical Assisting that will start on FALL 2022 and ends in SUMMER 2023 because I need the clinical hours to build up. But I wanted to start the PA Program for the FALL 2024. When should I start my clinical experience? What should I do to gain hours without attending a 1 year program? And where can I exactly get my hours paid or unpaid while im in my undergrad and by the time I get my diploma without spending 1 year of attending another program to supplement my hours?

  23. Hello Dr. Eaton! I am the only person in my family to pursue a medical degree of any kind so this entire process is completely new to me. I am graduating in the fall of 2022 and plan to have my clinical experience hours done by then as well, so I would like to start PA school in 2023. My top school says their application deadline is Nov. 1 since they start in May so I am confused as to when I should plan to take the GRE and when to start my application and I just can’t get a good overall timeline going. Thanks in advance!

  24. I am currently a junior in college. I will be starting my health care hours in January of my Junior year and working all the way up until graduation. Would I be able to accumulate enough hours to go straight to PA school from graduation or would I have to take a gap year?

    1. Hi Nathan,

      If you would like to go straight to PA school without a gap year, then you’ll be applying to PA school in late spring spring or early summer 2021. The application cycle opens in April and a good time to apply is after your grades come out in the spring semester. At that point, you’ll only have been working for 5 months. However, some schools take into account your planned patient care hours. Also, it will depend on how many hours a week you’re working as you could be just working 10 hours a week or it could be 40, which would make a big difference in how many hours you have by May or June. Finally, programs vary a lot in the number of hours they want. More competitive ones may want 1000 or more, while some want 500, 250 or even have no requirement. Keep in mind, though that hitting the minimum may not be sufficient as the average number of hours accepted applicants at a school have is often much higher than the minimum.

  25. Is this a similar timeline to follow for the upcoming PA school application cycle? I just finished my last semester of undergrad courses and am trying to make a plan that won’t require me to take a gap year if I don’t have to. Thank you for all your help!

  26. Hello, I am an undergrad I am set to graduate in fall of 2021. If I want to get into a fall 2022 program, and knowing I have two semesters left of undergrad…am I still eligible to apply this spring?

    1. Hi Amy,

      Whether you are eligible to apply while still in college depends on which courses you have remaining as well as the policies of particular schools. Some programs require that all prerequisite coursework be completed prior to applying, while others may allow one or two courses to be pending. Therefore, if the classes you are taking during your final year of college are not required classes for P.A. school, then you should still be eligible to apply. However, it’s important to check with each school specifically. That information is usually listed on the “requirements” section of the admissions pages for a school. If it is not, or if it is unclear, then call or e-mail the program

  27. Hello, I am currently a senior. I will be graduating in May 2021 (Spring semester). I am planning to apply for PA schools when CASPA will be open during April 2021. I have taken almost all the prereqs and completed my patient care hours also and planning to take GRE before April 2021 (CASPA open). My question is today I have created my CASPA account and it asked me “I plan to start a program: _____ .” I do not know should I put Fall 2022, Spring 2022, or Fall 2021 as I am applying in April/May 2021.

  28. Hi, I am currently a senior in college and I graduate May 2021. I want to take one gap year but I am still unsure about how the timeline works. When would applications be due if I only want to take one gap year? Thank you.

    1. Hi Joyce,

      If you would like to take one gap year, then you should apply to PA school in spring/summer 2021. You’ll then take a gap year as you go through the application cycle. The application cycle is such that you apply more than a year in advance of when you want to start PA school. If you apply in the spring/summer of 2021, you’ll start PA school in fall 2022, which means you’ll have one gap year.

  29. Hi Dr. Eaton,
    I am a Junior and planning to apply to PA school this spring in hopes to start a PA program directly following graduation with my bachelor’s degree. I recently found out that a few of the schools I was planning to apply to do not accept AP credits from high school. Two of my prerequisite courses (General Chemistry and Statistics) have been completed through AP courses in high school. For these schools, should I not bother applying anymore or would I be able to take these courses after applying? Would it work the same was as if they were my pending courses that would only need to be finished before starting my PA Program? Thank you!

    Jenna

    1. Hi Jenna,

      Many P.A. schools do allow one or two prerequisite courses to be pending at the time of application, but it is school specific. Visit the admissions pages for each school on your list and check under the application requirements or FAQs section. If you can’t find the answer there, then e-mail or call the admissions offices directly.

  30. Hi Dr. Eaton,
    I am planning on graduating in fall 2022 and would like to go straight into PA school in 2023. I am confused on when to start the application process. Thank you for your time and help.
    Lucia

    1. Hi Lucia,

      The application cycle is such that you apply more than a year in advance of when you want to start PA school. Therefore, to begin PA school in fall 2023, you’ll apply to PA school in spring of 2022. The application cycle begins in April.

      Good luck on your journey to PA school!

  31. I’m graduating this May 2021 and plan to take a gap year before PA school. I see many programs such as GW have application deadlines of October 1st, not April. So if I applied October of 2021, when would be the start date? Do most schools have applications in April or October? Lastly, do most schools begin in the fall or in January?

    1. Hi Danielle,

      You are correct that the deadline for applications is in the fall, such as October 1, for many programs; however, the application cycle opens in April and it is to an applicant’s advantage to apply early in the cycle because admissions at most P.A. schools are rolling. “Rolling admissions” means that a school will evaluate, interview, and admit applicants throughout the cycle, rather than waiting for all the deadline and then reviewing all the applications together. That means that those who apply earlier in the cycle are typically at an advantage, and sometimes a significant advantage because interview spots can fill up on the earlier side and as those spots become fewer, the remaining spots can be more competitive to get. This holds true for acceptances as well. Therefore, I advice applicants to aim to submit the application by the end of June.

  32. So if I plan on graduating a year early (Spring of 2022) and want to go to PA school in the fall of 2022 what should my timeline look like this year, am I too late to achieve this?

    1. Hi Kaley,

      If you would like to attend PA school in fall of 2022, then you should submit your application in 2021. The application cycle opens in April 2021 and I recommend submitting the application by the end of June 2021. That will put you on track to attend PA school in fall 2022, so it’s not too late.

  33. Hi, Dr. Eaton,
    I am currently a senior in college and I graduate May 2021. If I submit My CASPA in April once the application opens and uplaod the transcript befor hand before my grades are inputted will that be a problem? Will I have to resend my transcipt because two of the main Science courses will be still in the process of being graded.

    1. Hi Asma,

      I recommend waiting until after you receive your grades in May to apply. At that time, you can submit your CASPA application and immediately request your transcripts to be sent to CASPA. Grades can be updated via CASPA, but grade updates can only be submitted after the application is verified by CASPA, which means that you’d be submitting your application in April and marking the spring 2021 grades as “in progress” and sending transcripts right away. CASPAS will then verify the application (meaning that they compare the grades you enter on the application against what your transcript says) with the in progress classes having no grade. It’s possible that you could even receive your grades in May while the application is still pending verification and then may have to wait until verification is done to submit the update. If you have two main sciences classes without grades, it won’t really speed up your review by the PA programs to submit the application before those come in anyway, as they’ll want to see those. My advice is to just wait for your spring grades to come in and then submit the application. May is still excellent timing and early in the cycle. If the grades aren’t posted on your transcript until early or mid-June, that’s still fine as well. You can also call CASPA to ask how the logistics of this situation could best be handled, but I do think that waiting would be optimal.

  34. Hi Dr. Eaton,
    I feel like my GPA overall aftering graduating this spring semester 2021 won’t be the best. I barely meet the minimum for most of the PA schools I’m applying to. I have about 700 hours and more to come this summer. Would I have a chance or do you have any advice? I’m worried about my GPA and I am thinking about doing a 2yr Master’s to try to get it up or better my chances.

    1. Hi Lisa,

      WHile I can give you my general thoughts about remediating a GPA and the importance of the GPA in admission, I can’t specifically advise you about your chance of admission as that is dependant on numerous factors including not only the overall GPA, but also science GPA, GRE scores (for some programs) quality of patient care experience (in addition to the number of hours), how an applicant may add to the diversity of a school’s student body, and the competitiveness of the schools to which one is applying. A master’s program that is geared toward pre-P.A., premed, etc. students trying to improve their GPAs, especially in the sciences is a good route to increase competitiveness for P.A. school. However, there are many programs like that (“academic enhancer programs”) that are one year, so you may not need a 2-year program. Some applicants take coursework independently of a structured program through extension/open enrollment courses at a local university that offers that option to non-matriculated students. That approach can be more cost effective, but a master’s can provide more structure and the opportunity to prove yourself at the graduate level, just as P.A. school is. See if you can make an appointment with the admissions office of a P.A. school you’re interested in, or even a few schools to get their insight about if you will be genuinely competitive for their programs with your GPA and if they recommend a master’s or some other coursework.

  35. Good evening Dr. Eaton,

    I am currently in my sophomore year of undergrad and I am hoping to matriculating to PA school right after graduation. I would greatly appreciate any assistance with figuring out the application timeline. From my understanding, would I apply April of 2022 to matriculate fall of 2023? Lastly, do all PA schools require the GRE? Thank you sincerely for all your help!

    1. HI Jasmine,

      Yes, you are correct. If you would like to matriculate into P.A. school in fall of 2023, the you would apply during the cycle that opens April 2022. No, all P.A. schools do not required the GRE.

    1. Hi Jasmine,

      If possible, take the GRE in the spring you apply (spring 2022). That way, you’ll have your score available when you submit CASPA and your application will be complete and ready for review. However, if that’s not feasible, and you need time to study when you’re not in school, take it in the early summer of 2022. Or, if your initial score is not where you need it to be, then you can retake in the summer.

  36. Hi Dr. Eaton,

    I am interested in studying abroad my senior year of college. I would like to go during the fall semester, but I am concerned that this might interfere with PA school interviews. Would this be an issue? Thank you!

    1. Hi Samantha,

      You don’t say what year you currently are in college, but if you’re a junior now, and your senior fall will therefore be this coming fall 2021, there’s a chance that interviews could still be remote due to COVID or at least that applicants have the option for remote. If interviews go back to being fully in person, though, then being abroad would be an issue. I don’t recommend going abroad fall of the application year, but it’s too early to know if this year will be an exception. You could try contacting programs individually to see if they know yet if interviews will be in person or remote for this coming fall.

  37. Hi Dr. Eaton,

    I am applying to PA school this 2021 cycle, and I will have 1000 hours of PCE by April, meeting many school’s minimum hours. Is it better to apply in April right when applications open or wait a few months until I can get more hours?

    Thanks!

    1. Hi Morgan,

      I typically recommend applying earlier in the cycle even if the number of PCE are lower as long as the minimum has been hit. Also, if an applicant has hit the minimum for some schools or not others, the application can be submitted to some schools earlier and the ones with higher minimums later. Finally, there are other factors to considering in terms of timing of submission such as if one is still in school and waiting for grades from spring semester or if a new, very hands-on position is starting in May or June for example, and the applicant wants to wait until he or she has had some time there so that activity can be included and described on CASPA.

  38. Hi Dr. Eaton,
    I am supposed to graduate in the fall of 2021 and during my final semester I will be finishing up my last 2 required courses for PA school and I want to apply and hopefully attend right after I graduate. It says the CASPA application for 2021-2022 cycle opens in April 2021. Is that the application cycle I use?

    1. Hi Nevene,

      Yes, if you would like to start PA school the fall after you graduate, then you should apply for the cycle that opens in April 2021. A small number of PA programs have January start dates, which means you could start in January 2022 if you’re graduating in Dec 2021, then you could apply to those as well as the ones (most programs) that start in fall 2022.

  39. Sorry I also have another question,
    If I apply during April 2022 my application isn’t submitted till around September (even though I still have two pending classes) which is the deadline for some schools correct?

    1. Hi Navene,

      Many schools allow students to apply even if they have one or two prerequisite courses pending as long as the courses will be completed before the student starts PA school. The policy regarding pending courses differs from school to school, so you need to check the admissions pages for each under the section about application requirements to find their policy.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

six + eighteen =

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Scroll to Top