PA SCHOOL APPLICANT RESOURCES
Each year, U.S. News & World Report ranks Physician Assistant Programs. This link will take you to the 2018 rankings in alphabetical order. I recommend that you do not use this ranking system as your sole means of choosing a program. You should consider the five-year PANCE rates as well. You may find that a program ranked in the top ten may have lower five-year PANCE rates than programs that are ranked lower.
This link will take you to a chart of 2018 PA programs and there PANCE rates. The PANCE rates are listed from the highest to lowest five-year, first-time, pass/fail rates on the boards. The average PANCE rate is approximately 94%.
What does it mean if a program utilizes rolling admissions? It means these programs select candidates for interviews as their CASPA applications “roll” in. Those who apply early in the cycle get invited for interviews and gain acceptance until the class is filled. Once the class is filled, the program stops reviewing applications. So, as soon as possible to these programs!
The AAPA is the national professional society for Physician Assistants in the United States. Currently, the AAPA represents over 123,000 certified PAs across all medical and surgical specialties in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, all U.S. Territories, and within the uniformed services.
Membership to the AAPA is open to:
- PAs who are graduates of accredited PA programs
- PA Students and pre-PA Students
- PAs who are no longer practicing but wish to support the profession
- Related health professionals and service providers
Joining the AAPA provides a fantastic opportunity for PA school applicants to learn about the PA profession from a national standpoint.
The Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) is utilized by most PA programs. The CASPA application allows applicants to apply to many programs using just one application and essay. The downfall of the CASPA application is that it can be confusing. This link will take you to the CASPA FAQ page.
Every (serious) PA school applicant should know how and why the PA profession began. The PA profession celebrated its 50th year anniversary on October 6, 2017, and the future still looks bright. Whether you’re in the beginning phase of your application process, or preparing for an interview, learning about the history of the PA profession is important to know and understand.