Admission information and pre-requisites

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Admission into the program will be highly competitive:  A class 50 students will be admitted each August.

Application process

The next application cycle will open in mid April and will be via the CASPA system. The application can be accessed at: and must be submitted before September 1, 2014.  In addition to the CASPA application the NAU Graduate College application is also required and must be submitted before September 1 as well.  This application can be accessed at:  You will receive an email notification following submission of each of the two applications. Evaluation by CASPA could take up to 6 weeks and interviews will likely begin in September.  Once your application has been evaluated by CASPA, all application materials will be sent to NAU. The program will likely admit some candidates early in the process and others after the close of both applications.

The most qualified candidates will be invited for an on-site interview. The on-site interview is required for assessment of each candidate’s interpersonal and communication skills, one of the six major physician assistant competencies. One-day interviews will be scheduled approximately every three weeks beginning in September through early January. The program will work with those individuals invited for an interview to help minimize their travel expenses.

Admission requirements – Read about pre-requisites, recommended coursework, and preference factors.

Technical standards – These are the abilities and expectations you should possess coming into this program.