Physician Assistant Admission Process

Physician Assistant Programs


Applications for the Physician Assistant program are accepted using the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistant programs (CASPA). Students are admitted once per year to the fall term.

Applications must be submitted prior to 11:59 p.m. EASTERN time on September 1. 



CASPA opens to applicants
September 1 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern
Application Deadline
November through February
Students are invited for interviews and three interview days are held in December, January and February.
Students are notified of admissions decisions at the end of the interview process. 

Due to the number of applications received by Samuel Merritt University on September 1, the above timeline may have to be adjusted. We merely provide the information as a general guideline and will do our best to stick to the timeline as much as possible. Calling to inquire about the status of your application takes us away from reviewing applications and delays the process even further. Please know that if you have not received a decision on your application, it is still actively under review by the University. As soon as we have any information to share, we will.

Official Transcripts

No transcripts should be sent to Samuel Merritt University. Transcripts from all colleges/universities attended should be sent directly to CASPA as early as possible to increase the speed with which your application is verified and reviewed. SMU recommends that students submit transcripts to CASPA as soon as summer grades are available. Transcripts should be sent directly from your schools to CASPA (along with the Transcript Request Form) to:

CASPA Transcript Processing Center
PO BOX 9108
Watertown, MA 02471

CASPA Support:
Phone: (617) 612-2080
Hours: Monday- Friday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. ET

Transcript Entry Service

CASPA provides a service (for a fee) that will complete transcript entry for you. We do not recommend students use this service as it will delay the processing of your application up to a month.   

It is recommended that applicants enter all of their previous college/university-level coursework into the application themselves. This process can take approximately two hours to complete on your own depending on the amount of coursework you have taken. It is critical that students enter all of their completed, in progress and planned coursework. Otherwise, the processing of your application can be delayed.

Verification Process

All applications undergo a verification process conducted by CASPA. During this process, the contents of the application are verified against the transcripts and the GPA is calculated. This process takes 3-4 weeks AFTER transcripts are received by CASPA, which is why it is critical for transcripts to be sent to CASPA in a timely manner.

Letters of Reference

CASPA provides a tool for collecting letters of recommendation in the application. Please follow the application instructions for providing this information. Letters of recommendation mailed to Samuel Merritt University will not be considered.

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