PA Program Admissions
How to Apply
Welcome and thank you for your interest in the Morehouse School of Medicine Physician Assistant program. If you have any questions in the application process or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact the PA Program at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (404) 756-1254.
1. CASPA Application
The MSM PA program participates in the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants. The online application deadline is Sept 1st. The fee is based on the number of programs to which an applicant applies. All candidates must submit official transcripts from the regionally accredited universities or colleges directly to CASPA. Transcripts should not be sent to MSM. For questions about completing the online application, please contact CASPA at email@example.com.
2. Letters of Reference
The MSM PA Program requires applicants to submit three letters of reference directly to CASPA. Letters of reference from a PA or physician, academic professor and former employer are recommended.
The MSM PA Program requires applicants to submit official scores for the Graduate Record Exam, MCAT, or PA-CAT taken within the past five years. See the information below to submit scores.
GRE - Applicant scores must be directly reported from ETS to CASPA. Use GRE Institution Code 2552.
MCAT - When submitting MCAT scores, applicants must request AAMC to send scores directly to CASPA. Applicants must also self-report MCAT scores in the Standardized Test section of the CASPA application.
For additional information on the GRE and MCAT, use the link provided here: Submit MCAT for CASPA
PA-CAT - Ensure Morehouse School of Medicine PA Program is selected as the institution to receive your score report in your PA-CAT Score Portal. To select Morehouse School of Medicine PA Program as a score receiving school, log into your PA-CAT Score Portal at pa-cat.com.
It is recommended that you take the PA-CAT exam early in the application cycle (May-July 2021), but no later than August 31st, 2021. The PA-CAT score deadline September 10th, 2021.
For additional information on the PA-CAT, use the link provided here: PA-CAT Overview
4. Health Care Experience
The MSM PA Program requires applicants to complete a minimum 500 hours of direct patient care experiences (e.g., EMT or paramedic, health educator, RN, patient care attendant or nurse’s aide, clinic assistant, Peace Corps volunteer or other cross-cultural health care experience, technologist, therapist, clinical research assistant, etc.). Documentation for these items must be submitted directly to CASPA.
5. Physician Assistant Shadowing
The MSM PA Program does not require a minimum number of PA shadowing hours. While this is not a requirement,
we strongly recommend applicants complete shadowing hours with physician assistants
to gain exposure to the scope of practice.
Advanced Placement and Transfers
All courses and academic activities are required. There is no provision for exemption of classes, part-time participation, advanced placement or transfer of academic credit at this time.
The PA program will begin hosting information sessions spring 2021. The sessions
will feature details about the PA profession, admissions requirements, class selections,
the didactic curriculum and expectations for the clinical year. A Q&A session will
be included after the presentation.
Additional Information Sessions
We will also host a 2021 CASPA Virtual Admissions Fair.
More information to come!
** The Admissions Committee will review all completed applications and will extend invitations for on-campus interviews to those candidates with competitive applications.
All prerequisites should be completed within the past 7 years. All prerequisite courses must also be completed before students matriculate into the MSM PA Program. Applicants applying to the 2021-2022 application cycle may have only 2 outstanding prerequisite courses at the time of the application submission. Upon completion of the outstanding prerequisites, an updated official transcript must be sent to the MSM PA Program.