Select your native language (the language of your birth). If you speak additional languages, click Add Another Language. Then, select the language(s) and the level of your proficiency in each.
Misdemeanor and Felony Convictions
Indicate whether you have ever pleaded guilty or no contest to a misdemeanor or felony, or have been found guilty by a court. Note that most programs require satisfactory background check results as a condition of acceptance. Failure to disclose and provide accurate information about prior convictions may have serious consequences, such as annulment of acceptance offers, program dismissal, or other sanctions.
Background checks reflect all prior convictions, guilty pleas, city ordinance citations (such as public intoxication), illegal possession(s) including possession of alcohol under the legal age, payments of fines (including traffic violations), and, in some cases, prior records thought to have been expunged. Note that in some states, common traffic violations may be considered misdemeanors.
Candidates with criminal records due to felony offenses are encouraged to be aware of the potential impact for program acceptance and future licensure. Contact the programs you wish to apply to and state licensing agencies where you hope to practice for advice if you have a felony conviction or a criminal record. If you are uncertain of the status of a charge versus a conviction on your record, or if you are uncertain as to whether your offense was an infraction, misdemeanor, or a felony, contact the city, county, or state jurisdiction where the incident occurred.
If you are convicted of a misdemeanor or felony prior to admission and/or matriculation, it is your responsibility to immediately inform your program(s).
Indicate whether you have ever had any certification, registration, license, or clinical privileges revoked, suspended, or in any way restricted by an institution, state, or locality. If yes, enter an explanation in the spaces provided.
Note that once you submit your application, you can update License Infractions only if you submitted your application with an answer of No.
Indicate whether you have ever been disciplined or placed on academic probation while attending an academic institution. If yes, enter an explanation in the spaces provided.
Note that once you submit your application, you can update Academic Infractions only if you submitted your application with an answer of No.
Programs fully recognize the importance of diversity in their student body and in the workforce. Accordingly, programs strongly encourage applications from persons from all socioeconomic, racial, ethnic, religious, and educational backgrounds and persons from groups underrepresented in the industry. Select any and all of the options in this section which you feel best apply to you. Please note that CASPA uses this section for statistical purposes only and it in no way affects your application or financial aid eligibility.
PAEA Pipeline Question
Indicate which specialty area you wish to work in after graduation from PA school. Your response is not visible to programs and is only used by PAEA for recruitment purposes.
If you have US military experience, select your anticipated status at the time of enrollment from the drop-down. Select Not a member of the military if this does not apply.
If a member of the military, select your branch of the Armed Forces from the drop-down and indicate the dates of service.
Select whether you were honorably discharged from the military. If you select No, indicate why you were not honorably discharged.
Select your answers to any additional questions. Answering these questions helps programs gather information to develop future recruitment strategies.
Use this section to describe how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted your pathway to becoming a Physician Assistant. The questions listed in the application can help you get started, but you do not need to limit your responses to only these considerations.