How to Apply

The CASPA Application

Each April, the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) opens its yearly cycle. The deadline for the BU program’s receipt of a complete and verified CASPA application is September 1. To ensure that the application is processed to meet this deadline, please note CASPA recommends submitting materials at least four weeks in advance of the application deadline date. Once the CASPA application has been received by the program, an invitation to complete our supplemental application will be sent via email.

Application Requirements

Click each section below to learn more about our application requirements.

Please review our requirements carefully, as many PA programs have different prerequisite requirements. If you have any questions about admissions and can’t find the information you need on our FAQ page, please contact our office.

Academic Prerequisites

Please see our list of required prerequisite courses here.

Prerequisite courses must be completed by the September 1st application deadline. Official transcripts for completed coursework should be sent to CASPA only. Please do not send copies of completed transcripts to the PA Program, unless the program requests a copy from you directly.

In the event that coursework is “in progress” at the time an application is submitted to CASPA, it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that official transcripts for “in progress” coursework as it was designated on the CASPA application are received by the PA Program Admissions Office by September 1.

Healthcare Experience

While there is no prerequisite for health care experience, successful applicants must demonstrate an understanding of the PA profession and its contribution to the delivery of health care in the United States. We do not have an admission requirement related to a particular number of hours spent with patients. For students applying to the program with previous healthcare experience, one type of experience is not considered to be valued more highly than another.

The Admissions Committee expects that candidates display their commitment to helping others and their suitability for a profession that cares for sick and injured patients.

Technical Standards

Please visit the Technical Standards page for detailed information regarding this requirement.

Standardized Tests

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) 

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general examination scores are required of all applicants. We do not waive this requirement under any circumstances. If you took the GRE more than 5 years ago but still possess the original official score results, you may use those scores to fulfill this requirement.  However, if we cannot verify your scores by reviewing an original GRE score report, you are required to retake the GRE in order to be considered for admission.

The Boston University PA Program GRE code is: 0400

We do not accept the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) as a substitute for the GRE.

We strongly encourage all applicants to take the GRE on or before August 10 to ensure that the scores are received by our admissions office by the application deadline of September 1.  More information regarding the GRE can be found at

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

For those whose first language is not English and who did not complete 4 years of undergraduate education in the United States, Canada or the United Kingdom, English language fluency examinations are required. Please see the International Students section for details. 

Letters of Recommendation

We require three letters of recommendation, submitted through CASPA, from:

1) a professor
2) a physician or physician assistant, and
3) an employer, none of whom are relatives of the applicant

In order to confirm applicants have a clear understanding of the working relationship between physicians and physician assistants, the letter of recommendation from a physician or PA cannot be substituted with a letter from another health care provider (i.e. RN, NP, paramedic).

Supplemental Application

For the incoming class of 2017, the BU PA Program requires a supplemental application. Once the program receives a completed, verified application from CASPA, you will be invited to complete the required supplemental application. The invitation email will include a link to this portion of our application and instructions regarding electronic submission. The fee is $35, payable by credit card only. The due date for the supplemental application for the 2015-2016 application cycle is September 1st.

International students, please visit our International Students page for more information about additional requirements that may apply to you.