How to Apply
The CASPA Application
The Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) opens its yearly cycle in the spring each year. The deadline for the BU program’s receipt of a complete 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.
Once the program receives a completed application from CASPA, you will be asked to complete the required supplemental application. The due date for the supplemental application for the 2021-2022 application cycle is September 7th, 2021 at 11:59 pm EST.
Completing the Supplemental
Once the CASPA application has been received, the following steps occur:
- An email with the subject: Boston University PA Program CASPA Application Received will be sent to you. This email contains a link to a Pre-Registration Form. Please complete the form, entering the information requested.
- After the Pre-Registration Form is completed, you will receive two additional emails:
- A Web Login email that provides your username and a link to set up a BU Web Account. You must complete the web account setup in order to log in to the Supplemental Application website.
- Supplemental Application Invite contains the web address to access the application for online submission. Enter your BU Web Account username and password to log in.
- Complete your application by the September 7th, 2021 deadline and submit the $45 fee, payable by credit card only.
We recommend consulting the Admissions FAQ page to find answers to commonly asked questions about the supplemental. If any other questions, concerns, or issues arise regarding access to the Boston University PA Program Supplemental application, please contact our office.
Letters of Recommendation
We require three letters of recommendation, submitted through CASPA, from:
1) a professor or college advisor
2) a physician or physician assistant, and
3) an employer supervisor or manager, 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).