THE PROGRAM MATERIALS SECTION
This is a new section of the CASPA application which is filled out by the PA programs themselves. They have provided information regarding their programs, including links to their websites and some of their individual requirements. This section also allows you to upload certain materials directly to the PA programs or answer PA program-specific questions.
UNDERSTAND: You must select PA programs to apply to in the “Add Program” section of the application before you will have access to that program in this section.
Information which is marked as “REQUIRED” in this section by the PA program must be completed before you will be allowed to submit your application to that program. This information can NOT be edited after you submit your application.
Information which is marked as “OPTIONAL” in this section by the PA program does not need to be completed in order for you to submit.
Click on the PA program’s name to access their Program Materials section. There are several tabs within each program to be aware of:
This is filled out by the PA program at the start of the application cycle, and includes their deadline as well as other information about the program that they may choose to provide.
This tab will only be available if the PA Program has opted to use it. If it is available, you will be allowed to upload certain documents, which will only be visible to that particular PA program. The program has the ability to mark these items as required or optional.
Documents which may be requested include:
- A CV or Resume
- Licenses (typically health care licenses or certificates)
- Clinical/Professional (typically hospital transcripts which used to be considered professional coursework)
- Military Papers (typically military transcripts such as AARTS, Joint Forces, Sailor Marine which are no longer sent to CASPA)
- Shadowing/Healthcare Hours (typically documentation of these required by your program)
- Course Catalog descriptions (consult with your program prior to using this)
The PA program should specify what they would like to be uploaded in the “instructions” section of this tab. If you have any questions regarding what the program is looking for, please contact the PA program directly.
IMPORTANT: If your PA program provides you with a PDF form which you must fill out and upload, you must create an image of the filled-out form or static document in order to upload it properly.
To do this, fill out the PDF document FIRST. Then either print out and scan the document as an image, or, use the snapshot tool on the PDF itself (edit snapshot or the camera button), and click anywhere on the page to select the entire form. Open a blank Word document and paste in the copied information. You may then upload the Word document or save it in PDF format to upload it.
This tab will only be available if the PA Program has opted to use it. If it is available, you will be given a list of the school’s prerequisite course requirements and asked to designate which courses you have taken or plan to take which you believe fulfill these requirements. You must have entered your coursework AND have completed the “transcript review” part of the coursework section for this feature to be available. Please see the “How to Enter Coursework“ section of our instructions for details on completing coursework and transcript review.
UNDERSTAND: Entering these courses does not mean you have met the school’s prerequisite requirements. Instead, the school is asking you to self-identify these courses for their review. If you have any questions regarding what the program will accept regarding these prerequisites, you MUST contact the PA program directly.
This tab will only be available if the PA Program has opted to use it. If it is available, the school will list additional questions in this section which they would like you to answer before applying to their program. These questions may be multiple choice or they may be open-ended text box questions which require a written response. It is also possible that a program may require you to compose a school-specific essay in this section.
Q: Can I match more than one course to the same prerequisite?
A: Yes; for example if you have both a lecture and a lab which need to be matched to a biology prerequisite you will be able to do so as long as each course alone meets the minimum credit and grade requirements set by the program.