Diversity Statement

We are committed to growing a profession that reflects the diversity of the population it serves. While we encourage and consider all applicants to our program, the Dominican University Physician Assistant Studies Program will give added consideration to qualified individuals who add diversity to the class and the PA profession. This includes, but is not limited to, individuals underrepresented in medicine, those from an environmentally and economically disadvantaged background, first generation college students, and individuals who have served in the United States Armed Forces.

CASPA Participation

The Dominican University Physician Assistant Studies (PAS) Program uses the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). Our admission cycle opens in April of each year, for the cohort that will begin studies in January (Spring Semester) of the following year. All applicants will apply online using the CASPA application only; no supplemental materials are required or accepted. CASPA GRE Code: 7340

Class Size

Dominican University plans to admit 30 students each year.

Application Deadline

Final deadline for submission of your CASPA application is July 15 of each cycleThe admission committee will review applications on a rolling basis and applicants are encouraged to apply early, although all applications will be equally reviewed. 

Note: our course completion deadline for prerequisites is September 1.


Interview invitations will be based on a holistic review of the entire application. For all selected Candidates, all interviews will be performed using a ‘virtual’ format via Zoom. These ‘virtual’ interviews will most likely begin in June 2020, to be held during the summer and early fall semesters. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply before our application deadline date of July 15, due to rolling admission and the large volume of applications anticipated. Accepted candidates will be given the opportunity to visit campus for a tour of facilities and to meet faculty and current Dominican University PA students, when the pandemic restrictions are lifted and allow this to be possible.

Acceptance Notification

Admission candidates selected for a seat in the new class will be notified of their acceptance by phone, followed by an e-mailed acceptance letter with instructions for accepting the offer of admission. Due to rolling admission, this notification may take place any time during the admission cycle. All students will receive a final decision by the end of January.

Accepted students must submit a total, non-refundable deposit of $1,500 to hold a seat in the class. An initial $1,000 is due on or before 14 calendar days from the date of the offer letter. Two months before the class start date, an additional $500 will be required to confirm your commitment. These deposits will be credited when the student matriculates toward his/her tuition bill.

Wait List

Students selected for the waitlist will be notified by email. The student must inform the program if they would like to remain on the waitlist. Students offered admission from the waitlist will be given a shorter timeframe to submit the required deposit.

Post Acceptance Requirements

The following are required to be completed prior to the first day of class:

  • Registration form, signed with acknowledgement of payment and refund policies
  • Physical Examination Form (pdf), verification of TB testing and all immunity titers with lab results as listed in the PAS policy on immunizations—submitted to the Wellness Center
  • Criminal Background Fingerprinting/Sex Offender (CBSO) check completed and on file in the PAS program office*
  • Urine Drug screen (10 panel) completed and on file with PAS program office*
  • Completion of any open items identified in the acceptance letter, including proof of health insurance
  • Signed Student Handbook Acknowledgement Form returned to the PAS program office

*These will be repeated prior to the start of the second year. All screening is done at the expense of the student.

Accreditation Statement

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Dominican University Physician Assistant Studies Program sponsored by Dominican University. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.

Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be September 2030. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.

The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website.