A complete application requires that the application is electronically submitted and all transcripts, payments and at least three letters of reference have been received by the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) for verification. It is highly recommended that all documents be submitted to CASPA several weeks prior to the deadline date to ensure all items arrive on time. The application needs to be submitted and verified by CASPA by the January deadline in order to be considered for review. A rolling acceptance policy is being used, so applicants may hear from the program prior to the January deadline. The class size will be a maximum of 30 students.
The prerequisites for admission are listed in this section. Be sure that you meet the Clarkson program prerequisites before submitting your CASPA application. This includes your score on the GRE. Please review the technical standards for the program as well. Applicants who are invited to submit a supplemental application will sign a statement in that application that these standards can be met.
Here is how the process works:
- Submit your application to the Clarkson University program through CASPA, ensuring that all prerequisites are met. Prerequisite courses must be completed or in progress at the time of application. If there are any changes within your application, it is the applicant’s responsibility to notify CASPA and the University.
- You will be notified when the Clarkson PA Studies program receives your CASPA application.
- Your application will be reviewed for completeness within 30 days.
- If it is not complete, you will be notified and your application process will cease until corrections or additions are made or the application is closed.
- Complete CASPA applications will be reviewed by the Admissions Coordinator.
- Once reviewed by the Admissions Coordinator, the application will be either closed (and proceed no further) or will be invited to complete the Clarkson PA Studies supplemental application. Applicants will be informed of the decision in a timely manner once received.
- Qualified applicants will receive an email with instructions to complete the supplemental application. You only complete the supplemental application if you receive an email informing you that you are moving forward in the process and are asked to complete the application.
- Applicants will then submit their supplemental application (with a $50 fee) within 30 days or notify the program that they no longer wish to be considered. If the supplemental application is not received within 30 days, the application will be closed.
- Once received and processed, the supplemental and CASPA applications will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.
- The Admissions Committee will then invite qualified applicants for an interview. Applicants who complete the supplemental application are not guaranteed an interview.
- Depending on the timing of the application and the interview schedule, applicants may be invited for interviews between November and February.
Following each interview session, applicants will be a) accepted, b) placed on a wait list for future consideration or c) informed that they have not been selected. The decision of which applicants are accepted is made by the Admissions Committee. Applicants who are accepted will then have 30 days to pay a deposit of $1,000 to hold their seat in the program. The deposit is credited toward the first semester tuition. Failure to pay the deposit may result in forfeiture of that acceptance.
A 160-point rubric is used to score applicants for acceptance. Five bonus points are granted to Clarkson University students or graduates and military veterans. The program defines veterans as those who have served in the military under honorable conditions. The rubric score total is then used to guide the admissions decisions of the faculty, but may not determine the outcome. The Admissions Committee discusses each candidate in detail, including relevant information from each interview session. Following that discussion, the decision is made on whether an applicant is selected, placed on the wait list or not selected.
The Clarkson University PA Studies program has an articulation agreement with St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y. and SUNY Plattsburgh in Plattsburgh, N.Y. Similar to the Clarkson University Pre-PA Plan, this agreement allows St. Lawrence and SUNY Plattsburgh undergraduate students who have met specific criteria to compete for two interview seats reserved for them in the interview cycle. The seats are returned to the open applicant pool if not utilized.