To apply to the program, you’ll need to complete two separate applications.

  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.


  • Complete and submit the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) application no later than November 1.  Please note that CASPA closes their portal at 11:59 p.m. EST and any application received after that time will be considered late.

    Information about CASPA can be obtained by visiting the CASPA website, by 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 1, the PA program highly recommends submitting the CASPA application by September 1. It can take CASPA 4 to 5 weeks to verify an application as it gets closer to the deadline date.

  • The Supplemental Application MUST be completed once opened. There is no option to save your progress in the Supplemental Application link above.


    Applicants can click the link below to access the Supplemental Application template to fill out and save your responses ahead of time. This template will help navigate you through prerequisite coursework and personal statement questions specific to the program.


    If you have questions specific to filling out the supplemental application, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions section. You may also contact the admissions team at

    Note: The Supplemental Application for Fall 2024 will be available May 1, 2023.


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

    1. Submit the online Supplemental Application
    2. Pay the non-refundable processing fee. The fee must be submitted via our online payment system. We no longer accept the fee in the form of a cashier’s check or money order. Please make sure to select the “Physician Assistant Program and Masters in Physician Assistant Studies Supplemental Application Fee” on the website. Please save a copy of your receipt.

      Note: The Primary Care Physician Assistant Program at USC does not use 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

      Only those candidates who have completed their CASPA application, submitted their Program Supplemental Application online, and paid the Supplemental Application Processing Fee, will be reviewed for interview consideration.

Additional Information

  • 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 until you have been accepted into the program. Our team will contact you to request any needed documents.

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

  • 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 the status of financial aid application to ensure that all documents were received in time for review. Financial aid contact: 323-442-1016

  • In general, prospective applicants who have completed their education in countries outside of the United States must secure a report by the Internation Education Research Foundation to preliminarily verify two completions: 1) equivalence of a bachelor’s degree; and 2) admission prerequisites.

    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, 2023.

    Please reach out to to verify the required materials before applying.

    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.