Non-CASPA PA Schools 2014

Posted By: Paul   |   Getting Into PA School   |   5 Comments

What are the Non-CASPA participating PA schools, and why would you want to apply to them?

According to the PAEA, there are 25 ARC-PA accredited schools that do not participate in the the “typical” application system, the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants.

What is CASPA?

CASPA is a central clearing house for the majority of PA schools.  By using CASPA, students can apply to multiple physician assistant programs by completing one application that is then distributed electronically to all of the CASPA participating schools to which an applicant applies.  It’s convenient, but not all schools use CASPA.

How Are Non-CASPA PA Programs Different?

Non-CASPA schools don’t have much in common besides the fact that for one reason or another, they don’t use CASPA.  They may choose not to participate in CASPA to save money (CASPA schools do have to pay for participation in the service), or they may be too newly accredited to be on the CASPA system.  Either way, these schools have chosen to require applicants to complete their own application, which is only good at their school.

  • Because CASPA makes applying to schools so easy (just select each school you wish to apply to, pay $175 for the first school, and $45 for each additional school.  Done and done.  This means your application will cost from $175 for one PA program up to $7240 for all 158 CASPA schools.
  • Because it’s so easy to apply to so many schools, many people don’t bother applying to non-CASPA schools.  This is largely because for each non-CASPA school, there’s one more totally different application to complete, any many people are lazy.
  • Non-CASPA schools, while they generally receive fewer total applicants, are likely to receive a higher percentage of local applicants, since a prominent reason many people are willing to bother with a non-caspa application – a school is convenient and close enough to their location that it just makes sense to do the extra application.
  • Few if any non-CASPA schools require a secondary application.  This is because the reason that secondaries exist is to get application information that is specific to that particular school.  Since you’re submitting their application, the only reason to have you do a secondary would be to get more money from you (secondaries generally require an extra fee).

Are Non-CASPA Schools Easier to Get Into? 

If you are reasonably qualified for their program, you might face less competition due to fewer applications.  If you’re a weak candidate, however, you may find it no easier to get in.  So the answer is no – not generally.  It all just depends on the school.

What Are the ARC-PA Accredited Non-CASPA PA Programs?

To get information on one and/or visit its website, visit our Physician Assistant Programs Directory, and click on the appropriate state.

The non-CASPA programs are:

  1. CCNY Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education – New York, NY
  2. Christian Brothers University – Memphis, TN
  3. CUNY York College – Jamaica, NY
  4. D’Youville College – Buffalo, NY
  5. Duquesne University – Pittsburgh, PA
  6. Gannon University – Erie, PA
  7. Georgia Regents University – Augusta, GA
  8. Grand Valley State University – Allendale, MI
  9. Interservice PA Program – Fort Sam Houston, TX
  10. John H. Stroger Hospital Of Cook County/Malcolm X – Chicago, IL
  11. Medical University of South Carolina – Charleston, SC
  12. Miami Dade College – Miami, FL
  13. Mountain State University – Beckley, WV
  14. Our Lady of the Lake College – Baton Rouge, LA
  15. Pennsylvania College of Technology – Williamsport, PA
  16. Riverside Community College/Riverside County Regional Medical Center – Riverside, CA
  17. Rochester Institute of Technology – Rochester, NY
  18. San Joaquin Valley College – Visalia, CA
  19. Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ
  20. Springfield College – Springfield, MA
  21. Stanford University School of Medicine – Palo Alto, CA
  22. SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY
  23. University of Charleston – Charleston, WV
  24. University of Oklahoma – Oklahoma City, OK
  25. Wagner College – Staten Island, NY


  1. Robert February 26, 2014 at 8:53 am - Reply

    nice post. though there are way more negatives than positives to the caspa thing… first of all, many students don’t have 135 dollars they can just flush down the toilet plus 45… it’s more of a scam than anything else, another way to gouge students for more money.

    • Paul March 2, 2014 at 10:33 am - Reply

      I’m not sure exactly how you mean a negatives. If you mean that you shouldn’t use CASPA, then I totally disagree. It is the biggest pond you can cast your line into. Sure, it could be cheaper, but it makes applying to multiple schools MUCH easier for applicants, and the vast majority of schools use CASPA. In that light, why wouldn’t you want to use it?

  2. Leya March 11, 2014 at 1:30 pm - Reply

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  3. Natasha June 1, 2015 at 4:03 pm - Reply

    Thank you for your post but I must disagree. Since the start of this new cycle, the initial fee for one school is now $175 while each additional school is $50 each. In addition to this fee, most schools now want a supplemental application sent in to them privately. The fee for this supplemental application can be from 30 to 60 dollars. To top it all off, now schools are requiring you to send them each your GRE scores. So a typical application can be $130.

    This is so ridiculous to have students pay this much for a simple application. These schools and systems are all a scam to bring extra income in while they only accept 20-80 students per class.

    Something should be done but the republicans will probably fight it.

    • Paul June 5, 2015 at 9:33 pm - Reply

      I never said it was cheap — and yes, there is injustice there. Reminds me of Educational Testing Service, the company that profits handsomely from selling materials to prepare for their own test, which you must pay to take.

      But don’t cut off your nose to spite your face. If you want to get into PA school, you would be wise to apply to a minimum of 6 schools, and that’s if you have a strong application. If you’re weaker, it may need to be more like 15 or 20. If that’s more money than you want to spend, then I expect you won’t find yourself in this field. It’s as simple as that.

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