Application process

A page within Physician Assistant Studies

Admission requirements

New for 2023-24 application cycle - CASPer required; GRE no longer required

This program has a competitive admissions process. Applicants are encouraged to review minimum requirements in each of the following areas prior to application. Historical admission data on previous classes is available. It may also be helpful to evaluate the selection criteria considered by the application review committee when choosing applicants for interview and program admission.

Professional licensure disclosure

  • If you plan to apply for licensure in a state other than Wisconsin after completion of this program, you should contact that state's appropriate licensing board and refer to the Professional Licensure Disclosure to determine whether this UWL program meets licensure requirements in a specific state.

How to apply

The program participates in the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA)

Applicants will submit program specific narratives and recommendation information for 3 references.

  • The required $50 program application fee (non-refundable) must be submitted with a completed PA Program Application Fee Form.
    • Payment instructions included on form
    • Neither online payment nor over-the-phone payment are accepted

CASPer is an Acuity Insights Assessment that is a standardized, 60-90 minute online, open-response situational judgement assessment.  This measures different competencies and attributes that we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program.  The assessment will complement the other tools that we use for applicant review and evaluation.  In implementing Acuity Insights Assessments, we are trying to further enhance fairness and objectivity in our selection process.

Access  to create an account and for more information on important dates and requirements.  The cost for the assessment is $60.

We do encourage prospective applicants to take a practice exam at  Of note, Snapshot and Duet, additional Acuity Insight Assessments, are not required to apply to our program.

New for the 2023-24 application cycle, official GRE results are no longer required.

In addition to the application requirements listed above, international applicants will need to submit the following items:

  • Transcript information - As noted above, official, certified or attested transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended must be submitted. Additionally, documents issued in languages other than English must be accompanied by a certified English translation.
  • Course-by-Course Evaluations – This program requires a WES or ECE evaluation to be submitted as part of the application process.
  • Proof of English language proficiency: Non-native English speakers must submit evidence of language proficiency requirements for admission via official TOEFL results.  Only results within the last two years will be accepted.  Applicants must achieve an overall score of at least 100 iBT as well as minimum scores in each of the following TOEFL iBT categories:
      • Reading=22
      • Listening=22
      • Speaking=26
      • Writing=24
  • Proof of funding: Submit a bank statement and completed Affidavit of Support form.
    • Applicants who require F-2 visas for dependents (spouse and/or children) must submit additional proof of funding and passport copies for each dependent.

  • Passport information: Submit a photocopy of the photo page of your passport. 

Please contact International Admissions at if you have questions.  Each of the items listed in this section "Additional requirements for international applicants" can be sent directly to the UWL Admissions Office.

UWL Admissions Office
1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601

Dates & deadlines (2023-24)

CASPA application cycle opens: April 27, 2023

Students accepted in this cycle will start the program Summer 2024

CASPA application deadline: August 1, 2023

Application materials must be submitted to CASPA & classified as "complete" (apps do not need to be "verified") by deadline.