CASPA 2019-2020 Application Cycle Launch

The 2019-2020 Central Application Service for Physician Assistant application successfully launched on Thursday, April 25, 2019. Please see below for important cycle dates and information.

CASPA Fees & Fee Waivers

The 2019/2020 CASPA application will cost $179 for the initial designation and $55 for each additional program designation.

PAEA understands that there are many costs associated with fulfilling the goal of becoming a Physician Assistant. Because of this, they provide a limited number of fee waivers to qualified applicants on a first come,
first served basis. Each fee waiver covers only the initial application fee. They have increased the amount of fee waivers they will be providing this year to eligible applicants.

Customer Support

Applicants are encouraged to use the CASPA Applicant Help Center before starting an application. If you have any additional questions, you may contact the customer service team directly via email at caspainfo@caspaonline.org or via phone 617-612-2080 9 a.m.-5 p.m. ET Monday-Friday.

Program Deadlines

There are ten deadlines programs can select from in the application cycle.

PA Program Information

Visit the 2019-2020 CASPA Application to view participating program pages. Each program page includes the most up-to-date information about key requirements for the current cycle. Students can create an account and view the program information even if they are not planning to apply in the current cycle.

Tips for Applicants

  • WAIT! Don’t send documents to CASPA yet. Wait until launch day and when you’ve created an account before sending transcripts or letters of reference. If transcripts or letters of reference are received prior to the launch of the application or before the initiation of a 19/20 CASPA application, they cannot be used and will have to be resent.
  • Visit the Help Center. Save yourself the pain of waiting for an email response or a phone call to customer service. Read the applicant help center before you start or re-start your application. A large portion of your questions can be answered there.
  • You don’t have to start over. You can choose to carry over your application (or you can start fresh, it’s up to you). After the cycle launches, use your previous login credentials and follow the prompts on the screen.
  • It’s a marathon not a sprint. Everyone is anxious and wants to start and submit their application as soon as possible. If you can, wait, use launch day to review the FAQ’s and Help center to familiarize yourself with the steps needed to complete the application.
  • Increase your chances of success by doing research, research, and more research. Then submitting. Take your time, research the individual PA program requirements (both prerequisite and application submission), and read all application instructions before submitting.
  • Fee waivers are available as soon as the application cycle launches. Once an applicant is approved for a fee waiver, they must submit their application within 14 calendar days. An application cannot be submitted before fee waiver approval and there will be no extensions for fee waiver consideration if the 14-day window for submission is missed. The fee waiver pool is typically exhausted by late September, early October every cycle, take that into consideration when determining when to apply for the fee waiver.
  • Professional transcript entry (PTE) isn’t for everyone, but, if you don’t want to enter your coursework yourself and have the funds, it may be an option for you. Make sure you’re clear on how it works because once you pay for it, no refunds are issued, and sometimes PTE can take longer (think missed deadlines) than inputting the information yourself.
  • You are responsible for your application status and progress, for inputting complete and accurate information and getting your application to the ‘complete’ status, which then puts your application in line for verification.

2020 AACOMAS Cycle Opening Information

AACOM is pleased to share that the 2020 AACOMAS application cycle will open for submissions on Thursday, May 2, 2019. Medical Schools will begin to receive applicant data from AACOMAS on Friday, June 14, 2019. The initial application fee remains flat at $195 for the primary application and one college designation and $45 for each additional college designation.

All students seeking to explore osteopathic medicine should look at the resources at https://choosedo.org/. 2019-2020 Application Deadlines by college can be found here: choosedo.org/college-application-deadlines.

Applicants are encouraged to explore the 35 colleges of osteopathic medicine and their pages in the Student Guide to Osteopathic Medical Colleges.

Key Updates to the 2019-2020 AACOMAS Application cycle:

  • The Personal Statement Character length has increased from 4,500 characters to 5,300 characters.
  • We have one new college designation: California Health Sciences University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

In the coming months, AACOM is thrilled to be launching an online search database as a companion to the Student Guide to Osteopathic Medical Colleges. This database will allow prospective applicants to view and compare colleges of osteopathic medicine through key data points, such as location, campus setting, dual degrees and more. We will update you as soon as this resource is made available.

2020 AMCAS Cycle Opening Information

The 2020 AMCAS application cycle will be opening on Wednesday, May 1. Applicants will be able to submit their applications beginning Thursday, May 30. Finally, AMCAS will start transmitting applicant data to medical schools on Friday, June 28. Applicants can now prepare for this year’s cycle by reviewing the 2020 AMCAS Applicant Guide and Participating Medical Schools and Deadlines. Furthermore, the AMCAS web content will reflect 2020 cycle information by Monday, April 22.

SUNY Optometry Spring Open House

SUNY Optometry has announced that registration for their Spring Open House is now available:

  • Spring Open House – Great opportunity to explore the profession by meeting faculty members, learning what it is like to be an optometry student by interacting with current students, and learning tips on how to build a competitive application.
    • Date: Thursday, May 30th, 2019, 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Students are welcome to bring up to 2 guests for any of the events. Any questions should be directed to the General Admissions email at admissions@sunyopt.edu

APMS Officers for 2019-20

Congratulations to the newly elected officers of the Association of Pre-Med Students for 2019-2020!

President: Alyssa Reese

Vice President: Anthony Martino

Treasurer: Bisar Nezha

Secretary: Naaiema Khan

Chief Shadowing Coordinator: Gina George

Emergency Expediter: Gabriella Andreani

Volunteer Coordinator: Mengdi Zhang

Public Relations: Rose Pajek