How to apply

Individuals interested in applying to the PA Studies program must submit two applications: one to the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) and one to the WSU Graduate School. Supplemental materials should be included with applications to the WSU Graduate School.

CASPA Application: Application Available May 1 to September 1

The PA Studies program must receive a submitted CASPA application on or before September 1 and the application must be verified by September 15 in order to consider students for admission. Applications submitted to and verified by CASPA after these dates will not be accepted. The application can be found at, and information about CASPA may be found at It is highly recommended that you submit your CASPA application in June or July to ensure timely submission and review of all items by CASPA. 

Applicant Recommendations Submitted to CASPA

Recommendations may be obtained from PAs, MDs, DOs, or other health providers familiar with the role of the physician assistant. At least one of the three recommendations must be completed by an individual who has observed you during direct patient contact experience, and/or a work supervisor – those most familiar with you and your clinical work. The recommendation should include a verification of your completed health care experience hours. A stronger applicant file is one that has references who have known you for a period of time of greater than one year and can comment on your performance with direct patient health care. We strongly urge applicants to avoid references from most academic professors/instructors, unless they are able to fully complete the form regarding observed direct patient contact. References from family members or those in a personal relationship with you are highly discouraged. 

WSU Graduate Application: Due September 1

A completed WSU Graduate School applicationincluding official transcripts from all institutions attended and all supplemental material, must be submitted for consideration of admission.

Note: The WSU Graduate Application for the Spring/Summer WSU PAS program start date will be available on the WSU Graduate School website on May 1. All graduate application materials must be submitted by September 1 to be considered for the following May start date. Use "Spring/Summer" of the following year as the projected start date on the application.

Supplemental Materials to be submitted with the Graduate Application:

  • Prerequisite Coursework in Progress - Completion Date: September 1 (if applicable)
    Only those applicants completing prerequisite courses in spring/summer whose grades are not verified by CASPA need complete this section. The transcript of course grades completed after CASPA application submission should be included in this section.
  • Copy of Granted Waiver: Six-Year Prerequisite Science Course Waiver Requirement (if applicable)
    Only those applicants that requested and received a six-year science course prerequisite waiver from the WSU PA Studies Admissions Committee need submit documentation in this section.
  • TOEFL Testing (if applicable)
    TOEFL testing is required if English is not your native language and/or you have not completed four years of high school education in the United States. This applies to all that have not fulfilled this requirement, even if having attained a university undergraduate or graduate degree.

The TOEFL must be taken by August 1 of the application year; results must be submitted to your WSU Graduate Application Supplemental Materials site on or before the application deadline of September 1.

You must receive one of the following scores on the TOEFL exam to be admissible into the WSU PA Studies program. 

  1. Written: 600
  2. Traditional computer: 250
  3. IbT (Internet based testing): 100

Please note: The minimum acceptable score required by the PA Studies program is higher than required for other programs at Wayne State University. Applications containing TOEFL scores less than the above noted minimum requirements will not be considered.