Application Procedure for 2020-2021 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 Supplemental Application
    *No invitation is needed for the completion of either application

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: or through emailing CASPA at 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
Click here to begin Supplemental application

The Supplemental application MUST be completed once opened. There is no save option. In order to ensure that you have all the necessary information, please “click here” to access the Supplemental application template. This template will help navigate you through prerequisite coursework and personal statement questions specific to the program.

Click here to download Supplemental Application Template.

If you have questions specific to filling out the supplemental application, please go to the FAQ section. You may also contact the admissions team at

Supplemental Application Prerequisite FAQs.

NOTE: The Supplemental Application for Fall 2021 will be available May 1, 2020.

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 supplemental application fee for applicants who received a CASPA waiver. Applicants must submit proof of their CASPA waiver for consideration to

    Due to COVID-19, our Alhambra office is closed until further notice. Please do not request for a delivery signature when you mail your $50.00 supplemental application fee. However, we highly recommend obtaining a tracking ID and keeping a receipt for your records. You will receive an email notification within seven days, once your supplemental application fee payment has been received and processed.USPS offers Priority Mail services, which does not require a signature, but will provide a delivery confirmation. FedEx and UPS offer shipping services with tracking options as well. Again, please opt-out of signature services at this time.

  3. Full name must be printed on the cashier’s check or money order

Only those candidates who have completed their CASPA application, submitted their Program Supplemental Application online, and paid the Supplemental Application Processing Fee on or before November 1, 2020, 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.

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 Supplemental Application during each application year.

Apply for Financial Aid
General information and application forms for financial aid and financing a USC education are available at:
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. Financial aid contact: 323-442-1016

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, 2020.

For additional information, international students should visit:

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