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Application Time Line

Phases Deadline
Application due to CASPA August 1
Application due to The Graduate School August 1
CASPA verification deadline September 1
Interviews of top candidates June - February
Invitations to those selected June - March
Commitment response due and $500 deposit Two weeks after invitation*
Mandatory on-campus orientation Thursday & Friday before classes begin
Classes begin Late August

*If an applicant is accepted to the Program, a non-refundable $500 deposit is required to hold a seat in the incoming cohort.  This payment must be made by the deadline.  Those applicants who matriculate into the Program will have the deposit put towards their tuition.

Application Process

Application is a TWO-PART process

Part 1

  • All applicants must apply and be admitted to the JMU Graduate School. For information about this application process, see:  The Graduate School.  The Graduate School application is found here:  https://www.applyweb.com/jmug/index.html
    • Applicants do not need to submit letters of recommendations with the Graduate School application.
    • Applicants do not need to submit transcripts to the Graduate School with the Graduate School application.  If you are offered admission to the PA program, you will need to send original transcripts to the JMU Graduate School prior to beginning classes.
  • After completing the Graduate School application, download and save it as a PDF file.

Part 2

  • All applicants must also apply to the PA Program through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). Complete all aspects of the CASPA application including letters of recommendation and transcripts.  Be sure to upload your JMU Graduate School application PDF file into the “Documents” section of the CASPA application.

Application to both the Graduate School and CASPA must be submitted by August 1st.  CASPA forwards only complete and verified applications to the PA Program.  A complete and verified CASPA application contains all required information including the uploaded JMU Graduate School application, transcripts, and letters of recommendation.  In order for an application to be considered by the PA program, the complete and verified CASPA application must be received by the PA Program by September 1st.  

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters are required (through the CAPSA application).  Letters are best from prior supervisors/employers, university professors, and/or medical professionals (clinicians) who have observed you working or volunteering in a patient care environment (not simply someone you shadowed briefly).  Letters of recommendation from friends or family members are highly discouraged.