Application Procedure for 2017-2018 Cycle

Application to the program is a two-step process. Separate applications must be submitted to:

  1. The Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA)
  2. The Primary Care Physician Assistant Program at USC

Central Application Service for Physician Assistants

Complete and submit the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) application no later than November 1st (**please note that CASPA closes their portal at 12:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time and any application received after that time will be considered late).

Information about CASPA can be obtained by visiting: https://portal.caspaonline.org/ or through emailing CASPA at caspainfo@caspaonline.org or by calling (617) 612-2080.

Note: Although the deadline to submit the completed CASPA application, including all supporting documents is November 1st; the PA program highly recommends submitting the CASPA application by September 1st. There is approximately a 4-5 week turn around closer to the application deadline.

Primary Care Physician Assistant Program at USC Supplemental Application
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NOTE: The Supplemental Application for Fall 2018 will be available May 1, 2017.

To complete the Supplemental Application process, follow the steps below:

  1. Submit the online Supplemental Application
  2. Mail all supporting documents and the $50 non-refundable processing fee. The fee must be submitted in the form of a cashier’s check or money order (personal checks will not be accepted) made payable to the Primary Care Physician Assistant Program at USC:
    Primary Care Physician Assistant Program at USC
    Attn: Admissions Office
    1000 S. Fremont Avenue, Unit 7
    Bldg. A11, Room 11-150
    Alhambra, CA 91803
    Note: The Primary Care Physician Assistant Program at USC does not utilize the USC Online Graduate School Application during the application process. The Program will waive the application fee for applicants who received a CASPA waiver. Applicants must submit proof of their CASPA waiver for consideration.
  3. Full name must be printed on the cashier’s check or money order

Only candidates who have completed their CASPA file and have submitted their Primary Care Physician Assistant Program at USC Supplemental Application and fees by November 1st will be reviewed for interview consideration.

Examination Requirement
Either the GRE (General) or MCAT must be submitted for interview consideration.

If there are multiple exams, all scores must be submitted. The best scores earned are utilized in calculating total scores. If both exams were taken, reports for both exams must be submitted.

Official scores of the General and Analytical sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) must be submitted to USC by using the Institutional Code 1416 U Southern California Keck Sch Med CASPA (departmental code is not necessary) no later than November 1st. Applicants with MCAT scores must provide their AAMC verification code to the program.

Only candidates who have submitted their examination scores by November 1st will be reviewed for interview consideration. The examination must have been taken within five (5) years of the application deadline of November 1st.
Any documents and/or materials submitted to the PA program for application purposes are the sole property of the USC PA Program and will not be released, copied, or returned. **Please do not send official transcripts. Official transcripts are not necessary until you have been accepted into the program.

Important: Re-applicants must submit new materials to CASPA and the program during each application year.

Apply for Financial Aid
General information and application forms for financial aid and financing a USC education are available at: http://www.usc.edu/financialaid
The program informs candidates who are invited for an interview about financial aid procedures and resources.

Note: It is always a good idea to (i) apply early for financial aid; (ii) keep photocopies of all papers submitted; and (iii) follow-up on status of financial aid application to ensure that all documents were received in time for review.

International Students
In general, prospective applicants who have completed their education in countries other than the United States must secure a report by an international transcript evaluation service to preliminarily verify two completions: 1) equivalence of a bachelor’s degree; and 2) admission prerequisites. Transcripts must be evaluated through the International Education Research Foundation, Inc. and sent to CASPA. Two semesters of college-level English composition also are required. In addition, the USC PA Program may require applicants to take the TOEFL to indicate proficiency in English. If granted an interview and offered admission to the USC PA Program, applicants must submit official international transcripts to USC for verification of the preliminary, unofficial review conducted by the evaluation service.

In addition to the above, International Students must complete and submit the USC Online Graduate School Application and all supporting documents no later than November 1, 2017.

The USC Online Graduate School Application is available at:
http://www.usc.edu/admission/graduate/applyonline/

For additional information, international students should visit:
http://www.usc.edu/admission/graduate
http://www.usc.edu/admission/graduate/international
http://www.usc.edu/student-affairs/OIS

We reserve the right to confirm and verify all employment, volunteering and clinical experience as included in all submitted applications.We reserve the right to confirm and verify all employment, volunteering and clinical experience as included in all submitted applications.