Category Archives: Getting Ready to Apply

OptomCAS Application Cycle 2019-2020 is NOW OPEN!

NOW OPEN:  OptomCAS has just launched for application cycle 2019-2020!  As of today, applicants can begin to complete their application. The application is available at and also directly at

MORE INFORMATION:  General information about the OptomCAS process along with more specific information about LORs and prerequisites, etc. can be found on the OptomCAS website. Please also take a look at the new site    

AACOM Launches New Search Tool for Osteopathic Medical Colleges

We are excited to announce that the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) has launched the Choose DO Explorer, the Association’s first online search tool created to help prospective medical students more readily find information about admission to osteopathic medical colleges.

The Explorer provides information on school locations, dual degree options, institutional campus settings, mean overall GPA and MCAT scores for enrolled students, and application deadlines, among other relevant college details. 

With 25 percent of all U.S. medical students now attending a college of osteopathic medicine, the field has become one of the fastest growing health professions in the nation. As part of the Choose DO initiative, the Explorer reflects AACOM’s commitment to promoting osteopathic medical education as a preferred pathway for future physicians and looks to increase the number of qualified physicians available to meet U.S. health care needs.

Enhancements and added searchable criteria will be made to the Explorer in the future.

How Social Media Can Affect Your Application

Before an interview, you probably spend a lot of time (and money) picking out the perfect outfit. You want to look the part—poised, confident, and professional. How people see you when you meet in person is important, but what about your digital image? When people search for you online and view your social media accounts, what are you showing them? More than you might imagine.Before an interview, you probably spend a lot of time (and money) picking out the perfect outfit. You want to look the part—poised, confident, and professional. How people see you when you meet in person is important, but what about your digital image? When people search for you online and view your social media accounts, what are you showing them? More than you might imagine.

Veterinary Admissions Virtual Fair

Your pathway to a veterinary career begins with applying for and attending veterinary school. We invite you to join us on June 18, 2019 for the first ever Veterinary Admissions Virtual Fair!

There will be over twenty-five veterinary schools from all over the world ready to chat with you about the veterinary career, applying to veterinary school and more! There is also a special chat room with the Veterinary Medical College Application Service (VMCAS).

To register for the fair, or to find out more information, please click on the fair graphic above, or you can click HERE

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 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 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.