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CASPA application opens may 1

Admission to any PA program is a highly competitive process. The Augsburg PA program has a two-step application process involving the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) and the Augsburg PA Supplemental Application. Both components are open by May 1st and must be completed no later than August 1st.

  • Apply through the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). All applications to the Augsburg PA Program must be processed through CASPA, following all guidelines and regulations set forth by the application service.
  • Finish application to Augsburg University via the Supplemental Application. You must submit your $50.00 application fee before your application is considered complete.
  • If you have any questions or issues with the Supplemental Application, please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at 612-330-1101 or gradinfo@augsburg.edu.

Note: Prospective and enrolled students are not required to provide or solicit clinical sites or preceptors.

DEADLINES

Your CASPA application and your Augsburg supplemental application are both due August 1st. Supplemental applications and fees received after that date will not be considered.


MINIMUM CRITERIA

Your two-step application will be reviewed by the Admission Committee if you have:

  1. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (as officially calculated by CASPA)
  2. A minimum science GPA of 3.0 (as officially calculated by CASPA)
  3. Completed or will complete your undergraduate degree prior to February 1st of the matriculation year
  4. Completed or will complete your prerequisite courses prior to February 1st of the matriculation year
  5. Completed your supplemental application, including the electronic application (general questions and essays)
  6. Submitted payment to CASPA and to Augsburg University. This includes the non-refundable supplemental application fee in the amount of $50.

APPLICATION REVIEW AND SELECTION PROCESS

The Augsburg PA Program is a mission driven program that recruits caring individuals who are dedicated to providing and increasing access to competent health care. The Admissions Committee looks for a balanced application by reviewing key criteria such as a bachelor’s degree, GPAs, prerequisite courses, essays and direct patient care experience. Applicants are reviewed holistically for their service to underserved populations, knowledge of the profession, leadership activities, compassion and respect for others, ethics and integrity, personal and professional development, and letters of recommendation.

 

We give preference to applicants who demonstrate a strong match to our mission and who meet any of the following characteristics:

  • Minnesota residents
  • Augsburg graduates (those who have completed an undergraduate degree)
  • Re-applicants who have improved their science GPA (improved by at least 0.2 after meeting the minimum requirement of 3.0) and/or patient care experience (accrued at least 2000 hours of direct patient care at time of re-application)
  • Military experience (honorably discharged veterans and active military)
  • HRSA economic indicators from CASPA application:

For any questions about the application requirements or our mission statement that can’t be found here or on the prerequisites page, email us at paprog@augsburg.edu and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

 

Interviews September-November

As the committee completes file review, candidates are selected for an interview. Interviews are generally conducted from September-November. Candidates are invited to campus to meet program faculty, staff, current students, and to tour the facilities. The interviews focus on an applicant’s professionalism, communication skills, knowledge of and dedication to the Augsburg PA mission, patient care experiences, teamwork skills, and questions asked by the applicant.

As interviews are completed, seats in the incoming class are offered. The cohort class will be filled between October and May. A list of alternates will be made and selected to fill seats that accepted candidates may not claim.


REQUIRED TECHNICAL STANDARDS FOR ENROLLMENT

Accepted candidates must complete and pass a background check prior to matriculation. Background checks will be repeated several times during the clinical phase as well. PA students who do not pass a background check will not be allowed to proceed to clinical rotation sites and may be dismissed from the program. Technical Standards for Enrollment click here: Technical Standards for the PA Program


PROFESSIONAL LICENSURE

Our curriculum meets updated educational requirements for Professional licensure as a Physician Assistant in all 50 states. Learn more about this requirement on Augsburg University’s Professional License Disclosure page.


*COVID-19 UPDATE: for applicants to the class starting in May 2023

  1. Augsburg PA will accept Pass (P), Satisfactory (S) or the equivalent for required prerequisite coursework taken in the Spring and Summer of 2020.
  2. Due to ‘stay at home orders’ and other COVID-19 related issues, applicants may have difficulty meeting the recommended shadowing, volunteer and direct patient care hours. We understand these challenges and will continue to consider applications fairly and holistically.
  3. CASPA will give you the opportunity to discuss how COVID-19 has impacted your application. Should you choose to answer this question, Augsburg PA will review it as part of our holistic approach. Answering this question is optional.
  4. COVID-19 vaccination is required for all incoming PA students.
  5. COVID-19 resource page