Applying to our PA Studies Program

Apply now through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). Please note that Johnson & Wales University does not retain all application material submitted by the applicant.

If you are accepted, your official transcript(s) from all colleges and universities attended may be sent directly to:

Physician Assistant Admissions
8 Abbott Park Place
Providence, RI

Application Checklist

  • CASPA Application: Applications for June 2015 enrollment are due by March 1. Learn more about CASPA fees and payments.
  • GRE (preferably taken since June 2005 and scoring in 50th percentile or better)
  • TOEFL Test Scores (minimum score of 80 on the internet-based exam or 550 on the paper-based exam)

Admissions Process

  • All applications must be submitted directly to CASPA. Our CASPA admissions cycle begins in mid-April each year, with a deadline of March 1st of the following year.
  • Applications are reviewed by the Physician Assistant Program Admissions Committee, which evaluates applicants’ overall qualifications. Qualified applicants are offered an on-campus interview to assess interpersonal and communication skills, as well as overall commitment to a career as a PA.
  • After each interview day, qualified candidates will be offered acceptance into JWU’s PA program. Candidates that are not offered admissions after the interview may be placed on a wait list. Students that are selected from the wait list will be notified immediately of their acceptance.
  • After an offer of acceptance is made by JWU, the applicant will have 4 weeks to accept or decline the offer. Once an applicant accepts an offer, a $1,000 non-refundable tuition deposit must be made to JWU. This deposit will hold the applicant’s place in the class. The total deposit fee will be applied to the cost of tuition once the student matriculates.

Before matriculation, accepted applicants must:

  • Obtain a physical exam and provide documented proof of program- and university-required immunizations as listed in our Graduate Catalog. Program immunization requirements are based on current Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations for health professionals. Students may also be required to meet the physical examination requirements of the facility or facilities providing clinical education in connection with the program. These facilities may have specific requirements in addition to JWU’s requirements.
  • Meet the CDC Immunization Recommendations for Health Care Personnel (134K PDF)
  • Provide proof of a negative national criminal background check performed by the program-approved agency. These are required by clinical training sites and state licensing boards. Students will be subject to drug screens as required by clinical training sites. These are both costs to the student and paid directly to the screening agency.
  • Provide documented proof of a current American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) for Health Care Providers certification.

This information must be presented prior to registration. Matriculation is subject to completion of these requirements and submission of appropriate documentation.