Avoid Applying in the Wrong Cycle for PA School

PA School • November 17, 2023

If you’re gearing up to apply in the 2024-2025 cycle for PA school, it’s crucial to understand the application timeline to avoid unnecessary stress and complications. There are many applicants panicking about missing deadlines and encountering confusion in the application process. Michele Neskey breaks down the key points to ensure you navigate the application cycle seamlessly.

The Current Cycle Status

As of now, in November-December 2023, we are still in the 2023 application cycle. One common concern is applicants logging into CASPA, the centralized application service for PA schools, and not finding their desired programs for the 2024-2025 cycle. The reason is simple: the new PA school application cycle doesn’t open on January 1, 2024. Instead, it commences at the end of April 2024.

Application Window

The new PA school application cycle runs from the end of April 2024 until April 1, 2024. This means that until the application cycle officially opens, you won’t see your intended programs listed on CASPA. It’s crucial to understand this timeline to avoid unnecessary panic.

Working on Your Application

The good news is that you can start preparing your application even before the new cycle opens. CASPA will close for two weeks in April, then reopen for the 2024 cycle. During this time, you can work on your application, and CASPA will prompt you to choose which information you want to pull forward.

What Can You Pull Forward?

  • Experience Descriptions: You can start working on detailing your experiences.
  • Personal Information: Basic details can be entered and carried over.
  • Transcripts: If your coursework is complete, you can submit your transcripts.

What Doesn’t Pull Forward Before the New Cycle for PA School Opens?

  • Letters of Recommendation: This is crucial to note. Letters of recommendation do not carry over to the new cycle. If you request them now, you’ll need to ask again when the cycle opens in April 2024.
  • Personal Statement: Similarly, your personal statement does not pull over. Writing it now and uploading it to CASPA won’t save you time in the next cycle.

Transcripts and Coursework

If your coursework is complete, you can submit your transcripts. However, if you’re still taking classes between now and the application period in 2024, it’s advisable to wait. Save yourself the trouble of requesting transcripts again for any additional coursework.

Important Considerations

  • Avoiding Replicant Status: If you’ve never applied before, pulling information forward does not label you as a reapplicant. You’re simply preparing for the upcoming cycle.
  • Save Information Elsewhere: It’s wise to keep a backup of your personal statement, experience descriptions, and any other crucial information in case there are issues with CASPA. Store it in a Word document or a Google doc for easy access.


In summary, it’s essential to be aware of the PA school application cycle timeline to ensure a smooth application process. If you’re planning to apply in the 2024-2025 cycle, take advantage of the time before the cycle opens to work on non-transferrable components. Remember, we’re still in the 2023 cycle until April, so there’s no need to panic if your desired programs aren’t visible on CASPA yet. By following these guidelines, you’ll be well-prepared for a successful application to PA school. Good luck on your journey!

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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!