When and How to Apply

The program will accept applications from May 1, 2022, to October 1, 2022 through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). Visit the CASPA website for additional details. The program’s next cohort will start in January 2022.

Admission Preferences

The CBU PA program gives additional consideration to applicants who meet all basic admission requirements and one or more of the following:

  • Metro Memphis residents and those living in the Mid-South
  • CBU students and graduates
  • Applicants with service in the armed forces
  • Applicants with health care exposure and/or experience
  • Applicants who have successfully completed upper-division advanced science courses with a grade of B or better
  • Applicants who have taken organic chemistry labs

Admission Requirements

Please note that the CBU PA program does not accept transfer or part-time students.

The CBU PA program does not grant advanced placement for prior completion of PA program courses or like courses completed at other schools, experiences in the medical field, and other degrees earned in medicine or other health-related fields.

Work or clinical experience is not required, although additional consideration is given to applicants with clinical experience or exposure.

The program’s Admission Committee will base all acceptance decisions upon the applicant’s overall application and interview. Admissions requirements are listed below.

  1. At minimum, a bachelor’s degree from an accredited American college or university or an equivalent degree from a foreign institution that has been evaluated through the World Education Services (WES).
    You may apply to the program prior to earning a baccalaureate degree. If conditionally accepted, you must earn a baccalaureate degree prior to the start of the program or your seat will be automatically forfeited.
  2. GPA requirements
    A CASPA-calculated cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the time of application; a program-calculated prerequisite course GPA of 3.0 or higher prior to the start of the program.
  3. Course prerequisites
    A grade of “C” or better is needed for all prerequisite courses; if a course is repeated, the repeat grade will be used to calculate the prerequisite GPA. You may apply to the program prior to completion of all prerequisite courses.
    • General Biology I and II with labs (may substitute Botany and Zoology with labs in lieu of General Biology I & II with labs)
    • Anatomy and Physiology I and II with labs (will accept 1 semester of anatomy/one semester of physiology with labs in lieu of anatomy and physiology I & II with labs but no mixing of these courses) (Introductory courses not accepted as substitutes)
    • Microbiology with lab (no intro courses accepted)
    • General Chemistry I and II with labs (No intro courses accepted)
    • Biochemistry with lab
    • Organic Chemistry I and II (labs required) (no intro courses accepted)
    • A Statistics course
    • A Psychology course
    • A medical terminology course (College credit required)
    • AP & CLEP credits will be accepted if they were accepted at the undergraduate level; however, these credits will not be used to calculate the prerequisite GPA
    • On-line courses and labs can satisfy prerequisite course requirements IF college credit applied
  4. Official transcripts
    Submit official transcripts through CASPA. Do not send transcripts directly to the program or to the university unless directed to do so.
  5. References
    You must provide two (2) references through CASPA. References will only be accepted through CASPA.
  6. The CASPer Test – Computer-Based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics

    All applicants to the Christian Brothers University PA Program are required to complete an online assessment (CASPer), to assist with our selection process. Successful completion of CASPer is mandatory to determine admission eligibility. The applicant is responsible for the cost. The cost is $40 to take the test and an additional $12 to have the test results dispersed to each PA Program that requires this test. CASPer is an online test which assesses for non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics that we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program, and will complement the other tools that we use for applicant screening. In implementing CASPer, we are trying to further enhance fairness and objectivity in our selection process.In order to take CASPer, you will be responsible for securing access to a computer with audio capabilities, a webcam, and a reliable internet connection on your selected test date. CASPer can be taken practically anywhere that you can satisfy the aforementioned requirements. No exceptions will be provided for applicants unable to take CASPer online due to being located at sites where internet is not dependable due to technical or political factors. Please go to www.takeCASPer.com to sign up and reserve a test using your CASPA ID Number and a piece of government-issued photo ID. You will be provided with a limited number of testing dates and times. Please note that these are the only testing dates available for your CASPer test. There will be no additional tests scheduled. Please use an email address that you check regularly; there may be updates to the test schedule.Please direct any inquiries on the test to support@takecasper.com. Alternatively, you may use the chat bubble in the bottom right hand corner of your screen on the takecasper.com website. The CASPer test is comprised of 12 sections of video and written scenarios. Following each scenario, you will be required to answer a set of probing questions under a time contract. The test typically takes between 75-90 minutes to complete. Each response is graded by a different rater, giving a very robust and reliable view of personal and professional characteristics important to our program. No studying is required for CASPer, although you may want to familiarize yourself with the test structure at takeCASPer.com, and ensure you have a quiet environment to take the test.CASPer test results are valid for one admissions cycle. Applicants who have already taken the test in previous years will therefore be expected to re-take it.

  7. Interview
    An interview is required for consideration of admission into the program. Competitive applicants will be offered an interview. If offered an interview, you will be notified in writing what interview days are available. Applicants must take the CASPer test (see above) before they can be offered a seat in the program. Interviewed applicants will be notified in writing of the Admissions Committee decision shortly after the interview.Interviewed applicants will be accepted, conditionally accepted, waitlisted, or denied. Applicants on the waitlist will be reconsidered after each interview day. Offers will be extended on a rolling admissions basis.
  8. What is not required
    The GRE, MCAT, nor other similar standardized testing; healthcare experience, exposure, or shadowing (see Admission Preferences above); prior work experience; or a supplemental application or fee are not required to apply to this PA program.
  9. What does an ideal candidate look like? They must have the potential to achieve a career as a PA. The following attributes make an ideal candidate:
    • applies early and has excellent references
    • potential to function in a demanding academic environment
      • strong academic background / rigorous undergraduate or graduate workload
      • highly motivated / strong work ethic
      • employment or additional responsibilities while earning a degree
      • additional training or certifications
      • dynamic work-life experiences
      • meets technical standards
    • potential to be a compassionate, caring PA who can relate well to others
      • sound moral values and high ethical standards
      • yearning to serve others
      • able to show sympathy and empathy
      • good interpersonal skills
    • professional
      • positive, realistic outlook
      • mature in conversation
      • good decision maker
      • wears appropriate attire to the interview
      • knowledgeable of the PA profession
    • meets additional consideration criteria
      • a Christian Brothers University student or graduate
      • a Metro-Memphis or Mid-South resident
      • service in the armed forces
      • took advanced science courses in the natural sciences
      • took organic chemistry labs
      • has had healthcare experience, exposure, or shadowing

International Applicant Admission Requirements

  1. Transcript interpretation by WES
    International transcripts must be evaluated through WES (University requirement), with results sent to CASPA when you are completing the CASPA application. Do not send the results directly to the PA program, unless directed to do so.
  2. Minimum TOEFL score
    The program may require TOEFL scores if English is not the applicant’s native language, or was not the language of instruction for the applicant’s baccalaureate degree, or if the applicant does not hold a graduate degree from a regionally accredited United States institution of higher learning. Proof of English proficiency may be demonstrated by means of the TOEFL exams or IELTS: For the MSPAS program, the following minimum scores are required for admission: TOEFL (577 paper version; 230 for the computer-based test; and 90 for the internet-based test); or IELTS (6.5). Additional paperwork and documentation will be required by the University as noted on the University’s International webpage. To inquire about any additional international application processes or requirements, please contact the Dean of Academic Services at 901-321-3235 or the Dean of Students at 901-321-3536. .

Tuition and Fees

All tuition and fees must be paid in accordance with university policy (Requires CBU Login). Failure to do so can result in dismissal from the university.

Seat Deposit Fee

All accepted students must pay a non-refundable $750 seat deposit fee within two weeks of receiving an acceptance letter. Seat deposits are not refundable.

Requirements of Accepted Applicants

Prerequisite Screenings

If you are accepted into the program, you have to pass several background and health-related screenings. Information gathered from these screenings must match the information you supplied on your application. You will be responsible for the costs of the screenings.

If you are unable to pass, do not complete all of the screenings, or falsify information on your application, your seat will be automatically forfeited and your seat deposit will not be refunded. Further details about the screenings will be provided on acceptance.

Screenings include:

  • Background Check
  • Child Abuse Clearance
  • Drug Screening
  • Medical Clearance
    Applicants offered a seat in the PA program must undergo a physical examination, immunizations and/or titers, TB testing, and completion of Health Forms prior to the start of the program. Requirements will be based on current CDC guidelines for healthcare workers. Failure to comply prior to the start of the program can result in seat forfeiture. Under no circumstance will students be permitted to participate in clinical experiences without medical clearance. This can have a significant impact on course grades associated with clinical experiences and, ultimately, lead to dismissal from the program.

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy

Rationale: Christian Brothers University has a mandatory COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, which the CBU PA Program endorses and complies with. The Program curriculum has unique elements of training that mandate universal COVID-19 vaccinations for all incoming students. This is especially true for students once in the clinical phase of the Program where virtually all clinical rotation sites require COVID-19 vaccination to participate in training.  

Policy: To ensure that all CBU PA students can complete all elements of their training required to graduate, it is the policy of this program that all incoming students are required to provide evidence of completion of an approved COVID-19 vaccination series prior to matriculation. The only exceptions to this policy will be for individuals who have a previously documented adverse reaction to the first dose of vaccine or who present a physician/advanced practice provider letter documenting a valid medical reason not to undergo vaccination.

Health Insurance

Applicants offered a seat in the PA program must provide proof of personal health insurance and maintain the insurance throughout the entire program. Failure to comply prior to the start of the program can result in seat forfeiture. Failure to comply while in the program can result in a delay in graduation or dismissal from the program.


You must have your own mode of transportation while enrolled in the program. All students are expected to participate in all assigned clinical experiences during the didactic and clinical phases of the program. Required rotations can occur outside of the Memphis region.

Technical Standards Requirement

All students must meet the technical standards requirement of the PA program.

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