CASPA Application

The PA program utilizes the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). The application cycle for the May 2018 cohort opened in April 2017 and closes November 1, 2017.

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Official College Transcripts

Official transcripts from each college/university you attended must be mailed directly to:

CASPA
P.O. Box 9108
Watertown, MA 02471

Students only need to have official transcripts sent directly to Baldwin Wallace University if you are admitted to our program.

Recommendations

Candidates must submit three recommendations (references) to CASPA. At least one of the recommendations must be from a physician assistant or physician. The other two should be from health care professionals, a university/college professor or advisor, a work supervisor or manager.

CASPA applications received by the University without three qualifying recommendations will be considered incomplete on preliminary review and held until timely notification from the applicant that the requirement is fully met. CASPA does not notify the PA program when an application is updated after verification. It is in your best interest to avoid that delay in processing your application. We encourage you to give your references ample time and follow up on their progress.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

The GRE general test is required of all applicants to the PA program and must be submitted to CASPA. The program GRE code is 0498 Baldwin Wallace U PA CASPA. The GRE must be taken within the last five years. Strong candidates have GRE scores at or above the 50th percentile in all categories. The MCAT is not used as a substitute for the GRE.

CASPA applications received by the University without the official GRE scores posted (versus self-reported scores) will be considered incomplete on preliminary review and held until timely notification from the applicant that the requirement is fully met. CASPA does not notify the PA program when an application is updated after verification. It is in your best interest to avoid that delay in processing your application. It takes approximately 7-10 business days for the official scores to post after your request is made to ETS.

Personal Statement

As part of the CASPA application process, prepare a 500-1000 word writing sample that helps the admission committee become acquainted with you in ways different from courses, grades and other objective data.

PA Shadowing Experience

PA shadowing form - Candidates are required to log at least 40 hours of shadowing experience with a practicing physician assistant in the U.S. Your shadowing may be completed with one PA or multiple PAs. Use a separate PA shadowing form for each PA you work with.

CASPA applications received by the University without at least 40 PA-C shadowing hours detailed in the "Shadowing Experience" section will be considered incomplete on preliminary review and held until timely notification from the applicant that CASPA has been updated to meet the full requirement. CASPA does not notify the PA program office when an application is updated after verification. It is in your best interest to avoid that delay in processing your application. We encourage you to plan on completing your shadowing experience well in advance of the November 1 application due date.

The shadowing form(s) verifying the PA-C shadowing experience do not need to be submitted to the University until requested by the PA program office. Submission instructions are included at the bottom of the form. Although the verification is not required at time of CASPA submission, we encourage you to have the form completed at the time of your shadowing experience to avoid potential backtracking in the future. 

Direct Patient Care Experience

Any other patient care related experience — paid or volunteer — should be included in your CASPA application. 

Interview with Physician Assistant Faculty

Once completed applications are received from CASPA, the PA faculty will select candidates they would like to interview as part of the admission process. If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted for this purpose.

Additional Considerations for PA Candidates 

International Candidates

Prerequisite Courses and PA Shadowing Hours

Candidates for the PA program must complete all prerequisite courses at a regionally accredited college or university in the United States. Prerequisite courses may be no more than seven years old at the time the program begins. Clinical training and experience from another country brings depth to a candidate's application, but does not satisfy or waive other prerequisite and application requirements. Likewise, all candidates must be able to present documentation that they have 40 hours of experience shadowing physician assistants.

Colleges and Universities Attended Outside the United States

Candidates who have attended foreign institutions must provide CASPA with English translated documents as well as an evaluation of courses from World Education Services (WES).

English Proficiency Requirement

Candidates must be U.S. citizens or demonstrate proficiency in spoken and written English. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam is required for all candidates for whom English is a second language. Minimum TOEFL score of 550 on the paper-based exam, or 100 on the internet-based exam, must be achieved on a test taken within the last two years.

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These score levels are recommended but not required. Students whose English language skills need development may be conditionally admitted and placed in BW’s ESL program provided by the LADO international institute.

International Student Certification of Financial Support

International students who will be enrolling at BW on an F-1 visa must submit a statement of financial support from the student's bank showing acceptable funds on account, to support tuition and living expenses while studying at Baldwin Wallace University. Students must submit this completed form before Baldwin Wallace will issue an I-20.

Criminal Record

When applying for admission to the Master of Medical Science in physician assistant program, candidates are asked whether they have ever been found guilty of a misdemeanor or felony that was not expunged or sealed. Candidates with a criminal record that has not been expunged or sealed are not eligible for enrollment in the PA program at Baldwin Wallace University. All students who enroll in the PA program are required to complete both a civilian and a federal background check through the Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation (BCI&I). Forms and details will be provided to all students who qualify for admission to the program. Students will also be required to complete both the civilian and federal background checks in preparation for the PANCE exam. Although students with an expunged record may be eligible for enrollment and clinical placement in BW’s PA program, an expunged or sealed record may impact a student’s eligibility to qualify for a professional license following completion of the program. Eligibility for a professional license varies by state and may be assessed on a case-by-case basis by the professional licensing board.

Drug Testing

The PA program at Baldwin Wallace University recognizes its responsibility to maintain a drug-free educational environment and to ensure that students provide safe, high quality health care services. All new students will be subject to substance abuse testing as part of the pre-enrollment health requirements. Because the drug testing is provided through the BW Health Center, the cost of this service is included in the comprehensive program cost. As a guest in the health care facilities, students will be subject to the policies of the agency, which may include random urine testing. If drug or alcohol usage is detected in the clinical settings, students will be tested at the clinical agency, in accordance with agency policies. Detection of drug or alcohol usage while in the clinical setting will result in dismissal from the PA program.

Health Insurance

Students enrolling in the PA program must provide their own personal health insurance while a student at Baldwin Wallace University. Proof of insurance will be required prior to participating in any clinical experience. Neither the University nor clinical affiliates cover student health-related incidents.

Employment During Enrollment in the PA Program

Employment while in the program is highly discouraged for all physician assistant students.  The 24 month program comprised of lectures, laboratories and clinical rotations is a rigorous and demanding curriculum that requires a significant commitment to study and work within the program, leaving minimal opportunity for part-time employment.