Applying to our PA Studies Program

Applicants for the Physician Assistant program must apply through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) application. By submitting a CASPA application, the applicant certifies to Johnson & Wales University that all information in their application and supporting documentation is true, correct, and complete. Please note that Johnson & Wales University does not retain all application material submitted by the applicant. All CASPA applications and supporting documentation on file will be destroyed upon matriculation of the current class.

Application Checklist

  • CASPA Application: We begin accepting applications for our June 2020 enrollment in mid-April, 2019. Johnson & Wales University enrolls on a rolling admissions basis, with a deadline of March 1, 2020. Applying early in our cycle is strongly encouraged. Learn more about CASPA fees and payments.
  • GREs are required of all applicants
  • PA shadowing is required (no minimum total of hours)
  • Minimum of 250 hours of direct patient care

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.