Physician Assistant Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
We've compiled a list of common questions and answers about the graduate physician assistant program. This includes questions about general admissions, academic and experience prerequisites, the application process, admission decisions, competitive applicant profile, program/curriculum, and general information.
No, a supplemental application is NOT required at this time. If you have courses in progress at the time of your application to CASPA, you may have a transcript sent electronically (preferred) after completion of the course to PAProgram@case.edu or to the following address:
Physician Assistant Program
CWRU, School of Medicine
9501 Euclid Avenue, 421J
Cleveland, OH 44106-7506
All prerequisite coursework must be completed by the end of Fall semester of the year of application. Please note: Applicants will not be considered for admission if they are taking more than two prerequisite courses during Fall Semester.
Due to fair practices, we do not make exceptions in our prerequisite coursework. The prerequisite courses are what we feel is necessary to ensure that a student is prepared for our program.
Can I substitute General Chemistry for Organic Chemistry? No, we require both Organic Chem I & II with labs (for a total of 8 credits).
Does Physiology have to have a lab component? Yes
I don’t have Medical Terminology, will I still be considered? No
Will you accept Genetics instead of General Biology? No, while Genetics is important, we require a General or Cellular Biology.
All courses within the curriculum are required. No transfer credit or applications for challenge examinations is accepted, no credit is granted for pre-admission experiential learning and no advanced placement is awarded.
The physician assistant program is a full-time program and there is no part-time status.
You can upload a word document listing an official course description or screen shot from the Registrar page listing the lab component. This should be done for ALL coursework requiring a lab component unless your university lists the lab portion as a separate course.
Applicants with less than 1,000 direct patient care hours completed in the United States at time of application will not be considered for admission. Applicants must have at least 1,000 direct patient care hours when they apply.
Direct Patient Care can be paid or volunteer experience, but it must be completed in the United States and cannot be taken for academic credit.
We complete a holistic review of each applicant's file in determining admission and will look at everything the applicant has submitted. The CWRU PA Program GRE Code is 1703.
Please provide no less than three letters of recommendation. If you have less than three letters you will not be considered for admission. At least one letter of support must be furnished by a health care professional who has known the applicant for at least 6 months.
Please upload a document (MS Word, PDF) which lists in more detail each of your community service experiences for the past five years including a brief description and number of hours of activity/event. At the end of the document you should calculate the total number of hours and list them in the CWRU PA Program questions. Community Service is not to be counted as direct patient care experience and vice versa.
Please do not list any experience for which you received payment-that is not community service. This is for volunteer community service, not for actual paid work.
Unfortunately, the CWRU PA Program cannot offer admissions counseling/advice to applicants at this time. We recommend that you review our website for answers. The prerequisites are not negotiable and have been selected as such to best prepare you for success in the program.
We also host several Webinars per year so we recommend that you plan to attend at least one. If you are unable to attend, you can watch the recording from our website.