How to Prepare Your CASPA Application – Step by Step Guide

PA School • May 27, 2023

The process of applying to PA school can be daunting, but this video will break it down for you. We’ll go over the different components of the CASPA application and how to put your best foot forward. This video is perfect for anyone applying to PA school or in the process of putting their application together.

How to Prepare Your CASPA Application – Step by Step Guide

Are you aspiring to become a Physician Assistant (PA) and planning to apply through CASPA (Centralized Application Service for PA School)? The CASPA application process can be overwhelming if you don’t know what to expect. In this step-by-step guide, we will walk you through the four sections of the CASPA application, providing you with a clear understanding of each section’s requirements and how to navigate them effectively.

Personal Information

The first section of the CASPA application is dedicated to personal information and demographic details. It includes basic information about yourself, such as your name, address, contact details, and background information. You will also have the option to provide information about your childhood residency and your parents. While some sections are optional, it is advisable to fill out as much information as possible for a comprehensive application. Additionally, there may be an optional essay section related to the impact of COVID-19 on your journey to becoming a PA.

Academic History

The second section of the CASPA application focuses on your academic history. Here, you will list all the colleges and universities you have attended, including high school, even if you only took one credit or attended for a short period. You will need to provide details such as the institution’s name, dates of attendance, and course information. It is crucial to request official transcripts from each institution, either electronically or by mail, and enter the information accurately. Take your time to enter the course titles, grades, and credits precisely as they appear on your official transcripts to avoid any verification issues later.

Supporting Materials

The supporting materials section is where you will invest a significant amount of time in your CASPA application. It encompasses evaluations, standardized test scores, your personal statement, and any memberships or affiliations you may have. You will be required to enter detailed information about your experiences, including patient care, healthcare, shadowing, volunteering, leadership, research, and teaching. Each experience will need the number of hours you spent and a description. It is recommended to prepare your descriptions beforehand and copy-paste them to save time during the application process.

In this section, you will also need to request letters of recommendation from evaluators. CASPA provides a request feature where you can enter the evaluator’s information, and they will receive an email with instructions on submitting their recommendation. You can also add achievements, honors, scholarships, publications, licenses, certifications, and your personal statement. Remember that professional memberships should be listed separately, while extracurricular activities, such as clubs or sororities, should be included under “extracurricular activities” rather than “memberships.”

Program Information

The final section of the CASPA application is dedicated to program information. Once you have selected the programs you wish to apply to, you will find specific requirements for each program in this section. It is crucial to review and match your transcript prerequisites with the program’s requirements accurately. Some programs may have supplemental essays or questions, which can be found in this section or sent separately after you apply. Pay close attention to the requirements and submit any additional documents, such as resumes, as requested.


Preparing your CASPA application requires careful attention to detail and a thorough understanding of each section’s requirements. By following this step-by-step guide, you can navigate the CASPA application process with confidence. Remember to enter accurate information, prepare your descriptions and documentation in advance, and review your application thoroughly before hitting the submit button. If needed, consider seeking guidance from professionals who offer CASPA review services to ensure the accuracy and completeness of your application. Good luck with your CASPA application and your journey to becoming a successful Physician Assistant!

Also read: Top 3 Things Every Pre-PA Student Should Do When CASPA Application Process Opens

About me:

I’m Michele Neskey, aka The Posh PA. Welcome to my YouTube channel! My mission is to provide personalized guidance, education, and motivation to build confidence and promote wellness for aspiring physician assistants and beyond.   

Having been a PA for 17+ years and helped hundreds of students gain acceptance into PA school,  I understand the admissions process. I know what they are looking for, and I can help you tailor every component to make you shine, giving you the BEST chance of getting accepted to a program.  But it doesn’t end there. I create personalized plans for PA students and practicing PAs including test-taking strategy for the PANCE, contract negotiations, and tools to overcome and prevent provider burnout. 

My goal is to get you into a physician assistant (PA) school & survive the rigorous program, help you prevent burnout as a practicing PA, and help you take care of yourself so you can be the best version of YOU for your patients, family, and most importantly YOU!