The Eastern Michigan University PA Program requires a completed Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) Application and an EMU PA Program Supplemental 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 2016, both a completed CASPA application and EMU PA Program Supplemental Application must be submitted between April 2015 and September 1, 2015. Applications submitted outside of this time frame will not be considered.
CASPA - By September 1, all of the following must be received by CASPA: application must be completed and submitted, appropriate application fee paid to CASPA, two letters of recommendation, official transcripts for all colleges/universities attended. For further information about a "complete" CASPA application, visit the following CASPA webpage. The EMU PA Program requirements (prerequisites and Personal Statement) must also be completed. CASPA applications that are not completed by September 1 will not be considered.
EMU PA Program Supplemental Application -The EMU PA Program Supplemental Application and fee must be completed and submitted by September 1. Each candidate should only submit the EMU PA Program Supplemental Application one time. An application with incomplete information or not completed and submitted by September 1 will not be considered. Please note that the Eastern Michigan University Supplemental Application includes a fee of $45.00 payable by credit card. The EMU PA Program Supplemental Application may be accessed here.
During the summer, 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 and EMU PA Program Supplemental Application will not be considered for admission.
Only upon notification from the EMU PA Program, applicants must provide official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended to EMU. Candidates will be contacted with specific directions on how and when to submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended to Eastern Michigan University. International and foreign degree applicants must have all necessary documents and evaluations completed and received by September 1.
The highest rated/most qualified applicants are granted an on-campus interview with the EMU PA Program Admission Committee during the fall semester. 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 beginning in May 2016, we anticipate interviewing about 100 candidates with interviews occurring in October and November 2015. 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 and group interviews. In addition to the interviews, candidates will be provided with more information about the EMU PA Program, meet current PA students and faculty and tour the PA Program facilities and 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) and 30 who began the program in May 2015 (Class of 2017). For the Class of 2018 (entering in May 2016), up to 40 candidates will be admitted. 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. The application and review process will repeat at roughly the same dates on an annual basis.
Once a candidate's application has been screened and found to meet (or have an appropriate plan to meet) all of the minimum admission requirements, the application is fully 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
From January 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 January and April 15th, please send an email inquiry to us (firstname.lastname@example.org) that includes a phone number and best days/times to reach you (ex. 555-555-5555; Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays between 3pm and 5pm). A member of the PA program faculty or staff will review the applicant's information and communicate the area or areas that are in the greatest need for improvement, along with providing direction as to how to improve. We understand that the admissions process is highly competitive and know that there are a number of very good applicants who are not accepted into the EMU PA Program. After an applicant is denied admission, we seek to provide guidance and information to assist them, but cannot guarantee subsequent acceptance.