Frequently Asked Questions
How can I apply to K-State's PA program?
All applicants must apply through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). The application must be completed in CASPA by August 15 and verified by CASPA no later than September 1, in order to be considered for an interview for the next class.
If my prerequisite courses were taken more than 10 years ago, can I still apply for admission?
Prerequisite courses greater than 7 years from the date of graduation (degree during which prerequisites were completed) will not be accepted unless the applicant has provided direct patient care for at least 3,000 hours within the last 7 years from September 1 of the year applied.
Is there a rolling admission process for the PA program?
Yes. K-State conducts a rolling admissions process, in which interviews are scheduled and conducted after CASPA verification has been received. Admission decisions will be made within one week of interview, and applicants notified within 2 weeks of interview. Applicants are encouraged to apply early in the CASPA admissions cycle.
When will the PA program start accepting applications?
Applications for the class matriculating in January 2021 opens through CASPA on 23 April, 2020. We encourage applicants to complete their application as soon as possible to facilitate faculty review.
I've submitted a CASPA application. When will I hear a status update?
Once you have submitted a CASPA application, you will receive an email notification from CASPA that it has been received and then verified. At this point, your application will be made available to K-State's PA program as verified for processing purposes.
When will applicants know if they have been selected for an interview?
Interview invitations will be extended within 14-21 days of CASPA's verification of application. Applicants not selected for an interview will be informed by the beginning of November, when the interview cycle has concluded.
How do I update other parts of my application, such as patient care or volunteer experience?
Updates to patient care, volunteer or community service and shadowing experiences can be made through CASPA.
Can clinical rotations be completed outside the State of Kansas?
Where are the clinical rotations sites?
The K-State PA program has established partnerships with multiple highly regarded hospital systems, clinics and private providers in the State of Kansas.
Are PA students required to secure their own clinical rotation sites?
No. The clinical phase faculty and staff secure all required clinical rotation sites for students. Students may make requests in planning for their elective experience, but all arrangements and contacts are made by the program faculty and staff.
Is housing provided for clinical rotations?
Are PA students able to work outside of the PA program?
See Student Work Policy
May I tour K-State's PA program facility?
Yes. Tours for applicants will be available as follows:
Monday, June 15, 2020, 1-3 p.m.
Monday, July 13, 2020, 6-8 p.m.
Monday, August 2, 2020, 1-3 p.m.