How to Apply to the Physician Assistant Program

We are excited you are interested in the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program at Colorado Mesa University. Applicants must complete each of the following 4 steps to apply:

You must meet the program's minimum requirements to be eligible for the program. All prerequisite course work must be earned from a regionally accredited U.S. Higher Education institution and be verifiable through official transcripts.

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These requirements are reflective of the 2018 application cycle for matriculation in January 2019.

The Colorado Mesa University Master of Physician Assistant Studies program is a developing program, active in the development of a PA program, in preparation for entry into accreditation by the ARC-PA via the provisional accreditation pathway. The ARC-PA has determined that our institution has met the basic eligibility requirements to apply for accreditation, as noted in the accreditation Standards. We do not yet possess an accreditation status from the ARC-PA, nor are we guaranteed to achieve provisional accreditation.

  • CASPA Application

    The Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) is a web-based application system that allows students to apply to multiple participating PA programs with a single application, facilitating a streamlined admissions process for programs. You will need to include the following in your application:

  • CASPer Exam

    CASPer is an online test which assesses non-cognitive skills and interprofessional characteristics that we believe are important for successful students and Physician Assistants. The CASPer exam is part of the application process.

        Read more about the CASPer Information:

Important Dates

  • CASPA application opens: April
  • CASPA application deadline: September 1. You are strongly advised to apply and complete your application early. Applications are reviewed by the program on a rolling basis by date of completion.  See our FAQ page for more information about CASPA.

Committee Review

The PA program uses a rolling admissions process. The PA Selection Committee will evaluate completed Verified CASPA applications. When members of the PA Selection Committee are evaluating applications for the Colorado Mesa University PA Program, they are assessing the following:

  • Community Engagement
  • Health Care Experience
  • Personal Experience
  • Connection to the communities of Western Colorado
  • Recommendations of advisors, employers, and medical references

Invitation for Interview

Final scores are determined based on academic and non-academic components as demonstrated in the application. Applicants are invited for an on-campus interview based upon their standing in the overall scoring. The interview invitations are extended to the most competitive applicants for admissions. The interviews will be held during the summer and fall of the year prior to matriculation, and exact dates will be communicated to candidates with an offer to interview.

CMU PA program is looking for prospective students who have:

  • Strong academic aptitude, maturity, and a commitment to community service.
  • A good understanding of the Physician Assistant profession and role in the health care team.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, verbal and written communication skills, as well as life experience, empathy, ethical character, adaptability, leadership skills, and critical thinking skills. 

Interviewees will be notified of the admissions decisions within a month of the interview.  During each applicant review process, applicants will be placed in one of three categories: Accept, Waitlist, and No Accept. For the accepted applicant, the program requires a response within two weeks of the offer. 

A $500 non-refundable payment is required to reserve the seat in the program at the time the offer is accepted.  Instructions for payment will be provided with the acceptance letter. 

The PA Program Selection Committee will notify all applicants of their final status.  If an applicant commits to another program, we request the professional courtesy of notifying the CMU PA Program. 

Candidates offered a position will be required to complete the following prior to enrollment:

  1. Health Information Release Form
  2. Health Insurance documentation
  3. Technical Standards Attestation Form
  4. Immunization and Health Information documentation
  5. Certified Background Check and Drug Screen
  6. Official Transcripts submitted to CMU for all coursework
  7. Conditional Acceptance documentation


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This program will not commence unless and until both ARC‐PA and the Higher Learning Commission have approved the program.

Colorado Mesa University Physician Assistant Program has applied for Accreditation – Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Colorado Mesa University anticipates matriculating its first class in January 2019, pending achieving Accreditation – Provisional status at the September 2018 ARC-PA meeting. Accreditation – Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding accreditation-provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students. The program will not commence in the event that provisional accreditation is not received.