Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Physician Assistant Program
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Once completed and verified by CASPA, the Northwestern University PA Program will send notification acknowledging receipt of your completed application. Completed applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis, in a rolling admissions process.

Applicants are holistically evaluated on the basis of their individual merits. Admission decisions are based on the following criteria: academic record, GRE score, health care experience, PA shadowing, personal references, written personal statement, supplemental application essay answers, additional personal experiences, and on-campus interview performance.

Application Updates

Application updates are accepted until November 15. Updates or modifications to patient care and other experiences are welcome. Patient care updates should only reflect new positions, changes in level of responsibility and changes in hours worked per week. To access the update request form, contact

Official transcripts reflecting newly completed prerequisite coursework can be sent directly to the Northwestern University PA Program. This is not required, but is recommended. Official hard-copy or electronic transcripts are accepted.

Newly scheduled courses and received grades can be listed on CASPA via the Academic Update feature.


Select applicants will be invited to interviews, which begin in the summer of each year. Interview invitations will be extended via email communication. Interviews are conducted at the Northwestern University PA Program on the Northwestern University Chicago Campus.

Offers of Admission

Offers of admission will be made to selected applicants after their interview, and may precede the application deadline.

Upon receiving an offer of admission, applicants must submit a non-refundable deposit to secure their seat. This deposit must be received within 10 calendar days from the date of the offer letter. Upon acceptance of an admission offer, applicants will be subject to a criminal background check. Should the background check yield any criminal information, the offer of admission may be revoked.

Admitted applicants must fulfill Technical Standards, as listed in our Policies section.

Acceptance into the Northwestern University PA Program and successful completion of the program does not imply or guarantee that the student will be able to obtain state licensure upon graduation.


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