The PA program requires applicants complete the following requirements prior to matriculating in the PA program. The program neither requires, nor recommends, majoring in one particular major or subject area. Comparable courses from other regionally accredited institutions are acceptable.
The following are required of all applicants:
CASPA portal opens. Applicants may create an account and begin their application. CASPA also begins accepting materials such as, official transcripts and references. To learn more about creating a CASPA account and beginning the application process please visit CASPA .
PA Program activates Supplemental Application link and begins accepting applications.
Application deadline . The program requires a "complete" CASPA application. A "complete" application means the CASPA application has been e-submitted and all required documents (transcripts, references, etc.) have been received by CASPA. The Supplemental Application must be submitted to UW-L. CASPA stops accepting materials and the program deactivates the Supplemental Application link. International applicants must also submit all required additional documents (i.e. TOEFL, foreign credential evaluation). Those failing to meet the deadline will not be considered for an interview.
Mid to Late August
Interview candidates selected and notified immediately via email.
On campus interviews; first of two
dates. In order to gain admittance
applicants must participate in the on campus interview. Interview dates and times are assigned and no
changes will be permitted. Alternate
dates and times will not be offered under any circumstances. Interviews via telephone or internet will not
On campus interviews; second of two dates. In order to gain admittance applicants must participate in the on campus interview. Interview dates and times are assigned and no changes will be permitted. Alternate dates and times will not be offered under any circumstances. Interviews via telephone or internet will not be permitted.
Candidates interviewed in September and October are notified of their admission status.
Students begin courses.
The program's application process includes both a CASPA application and a required Supplemental Application. The rigor, intensity of this program, and the skills and responsibility necessary for practice as a physician assistant require the program to seek applicants with a strong academic background, along with refined interpersonal skills and maturity. Prior healthcare experience is also an indicator of a career commitment to clinical practice. The program's admission process will consider each applicant's strengths and select for admission those applicants best qualified to meet the program's mission.
To be considered for an interview all references, transcripts and GRE scores must be received by CASPA by August 1. The Supplemental Application must be submitted to UW-L by August 1 as well. CASPA stops accepting materials after the deadline and the program deactivates the Supplemental Application link.
Factors considered in the interview selection include the following:
The final admission selection process includes the following:
Any offer of admission will be contingent on acceptance of the candidate by the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Office of Admissions, and successful completion of all degrees and current coursework, including prerequisites.
Transfer credits from other PA programs are not accepted. Due to the tight sequencing and integration of the curriculum we do not accept didactic or clinical credits from other institutions. All students, regardless of their prior background and education, must complete the entire PA curriculum at UW-L.
We do not routinely accept transfer students from medical schools. If a medical student would like to attend our program they need to apply just like all of other students, through CASPA, as well as submit our supplemental application and GRE results. We do not accept MCAT scores as a substitute for GRE results. These individuals need to provide a rationale and justification for their admission. The program does not grant advanced placement to any student, regardless of their background. If accepted, these students are required to complete the entire curriculum, regardless of background and experience.
The program does not grant advanced placement to any student. If accepted, these students are required to complete the entire curriculum, regardless of background, education and experience.
For international applicants the program has several additional admission requirements. International applicants are those who have completed more than one semester of their post-secondary education outside the United States, those for whom English is their second language, or those who are not US citizens. The program requires the following of international applicants:
Additional information for International Medical Graduates (IMG's) is available at IMG Information
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