Admission Process

After submitting the CASPA application, the applicant will be notified when their application is received by the Physician Assistant Studies Program. The applicant’s application will be reviewed by the Graduate Admissions Coordinator for completeness within 30 days.  

Any applicant who submits their CASPA application, will need to take the CASPer test. Completion of the CASPer test is required; results are valid for one admissions cycle. Plan your test date accordingly. Test dates are limited. Learn more at CASPer

Once reviewed by the Graduate Admissions Coordinator, the application will be either closed (and proceed no further) or move forward in the admission process.  

If the application moves forward in the process, the applicant will be invited to complete the Clarkson PA Studies supplemental application. A separate $50 supplemental application fee is required.  Please note: The applicant only completes the supplemental application if the applicant receives an email informing them they have moved forwarded in the process and asks them to complete it.      

The applicant will have 30 days to submit the completed supplemental application and the $50 fee. If the application is not complete or not received within 30 days, the application will be closed.  

Once the supplemental application is received and processed, it will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee along with their CASPA application and their CASPer results.  

The Admissions Committee will then invite qualified applicants for an interview. Please note: Applicants who complete the supplemental application and meet the minimum qualifications 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 March. 

If an applicant is offered an interview, it is required that the applicant spend at least 8 hours shadowing/observing a clinically practicing Physician Assistant.  A separate (non-reference) PA observation form will need to be completed by the PA documenting the experience. Please note: The applicant only completes the observation form if offered an interview.  

Following each interview session, the Admissions Committee discusses each candidate in detail, including relevant information from the interview and decides if the applicant will be offered a seat in our program, placed on the waitlist or not selected. 

Applicants who are offered a seat in our program will have 30 days to pay a nonrefundable 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.  

Simply meeting the prerequisites and submitting an application will not guarantee an interview or acceptance into the program. The Admissions Committee will decide on which applicants will be selected for an interview and selected for acceptance into our program. 

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. 

The department follows all applicable laws and guidelines to ensure that all prospective students' rights are protected.