The Eastern Michigan University PA Program requires a completed Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) Application and an EMU Graduate Application. The EMU PA Program will not accept applications through any other means.
For those wishing to apply to begin the PA Program in May 2017, both a completed CASPA application and EMU Graduate Application must be submitted between April 27, 2016 and September 1, 2016. Applications submitted outside of this time frame will not be considered.
CASPA - By September 1, all of the following must be received by CASPA: complete and properly submitted application, appropriate application fee paid to CASPA, two letters of reference and official transcripts for all colleges/universities attended. Applicants are expected to be aware of all pre-admission course requirements and complete their application in accordance with the EMU PA Program admission requirements. Attempted changes to fulfill the minimum requirements or fix an error after an application has been reviewed and an application decision has been made are not accepted. For further information about a "complete" CASPA application, visit CASPA. CASPA applications that are not complete (CASPA notation of "complete") by September 1 will not be considered.
EMU Graduate Application - The EMU Graduate Application must be completed and submitted by September 1. Official transcripts for all colleges/universities must be sent to EMU only in the event that an interview invitation is extended to an applicant. Letters of reference are only required to be sent to CASPA, and personal statements are no longer required. An application not submitted by September 1 will not be considered. Please note that the EMU Graduate Application includes a fee of $45, payable by credit card. The EMU Graduate Application may be accessed here.
International and foreign degree applicants must have all necessary documents and evaluations completed and received by September 1.
During the summer and early fall, the EMU PA Program Admission Committee reviews applications and selects the most qualified candidates for on-campus interviews based on a program-specific evaluation rubric. Any applicant who does not clearly demonstrate attainment (or appropriate plan for attainment) of all EMU PA Program Pre-Admission Requirements via the CASPA application is not considered for admission.
The highest rated/most qualified applicants are granted an on-campus interview with the EMU PA Program Admission Committee. For the class that began in May 2015, interviews were conducted in October and November and more than 2 candidates for each seat in the entering class were interviewed (82 interviews for a class of 30). For the class the began in May 2016, 70 candidates were interviewed in January for a class of 30. Successful completion of an on-campus interview is a requirement for admission. The interview is approximately one half-day in length and consists of individual interviews. In addition to the interviews, candidates will be provided with more information about the EMU PA Program, meet current PA students, and tour the PA Program facilities and other key locations on the EMU campus.
Following the completion of all admissions interviews, the EMU PA Program Admission Committee meets to choose the top candidates. The EMU PA Program admitted 20 candidates to the EMU PA Program in May 2014 (Class of 2016), 30 who began the program in May 2015 (Class of 2017), and 30 who began the program in May 2016 (Class of 2018). The program anticipates admitting up to 30 candidates annually. Students are only allowed to start the EMU PA Program once annually in early May. Applicants who are not accepted into the EMU PA Program must repeat the entire admissions process if they wish to re-apply.
Once a candidate's application has been screened and is found to have met (or has an appropriate plan to meet) all of the minimum admission requirements, the application is fully reviewed and evaluated by the EMU PA Program. Candidates applying for admission into the EMU PA Program are evaluated on a number of cognitive and non-cognitive measures, seeking to assemble a class of students who are highly intelligent, well-rounded, work well with others and bring a wealth of varied life experiences. Due to the highly selective admissions process, not all applicants will be granted an interview. There is no advanced placement or advanced standing for anyone chosen to join the EMU PA Program. The specific applicant areas assessed include:
Clinical Experience / Health Care Hours
Letters of Reference
From February through April of each year, applicants who were not chosen for admission into the EMU PA Program are welcome to contact us to determine ways to improve their application for the future. Between February 1 and April 15th, please send an email inquiry to us (firstname.lastname@example.org) that includes your name, phone number and the best days and times of the week (Monday-Friday, from 8 a.m.5 p.m.) to reach you (ex. Please call me back to let me know how to improve my application. Sally Applicant, 555-555-5555; Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.). A member of the PA program faculty or staff will review the applicant's information, note applicant strengths and communicate the area(s) that are in the greatest need for improvement, along with providing direction as to how to improve.
We understand the admissions process is highly competitive and know there are a number of very good applicants who are not accepted into the EMU PA Program each year. After an applicant is denied admission, we seek to provide guidance and information to assist them for the future, but cannot guarantee subsequent acceptance.