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The Northwestern University PA Program will send notification via email acknowledging receipt of your complete application once the required materials have been received:

Please allow up to 5 business days for application processing. 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, patient care experience, health care experience, professional references (evaluations), written personal statement, supplemental application essay responses, awards/honors/accolades, and all Experiences provided via the CASPA application (leadership, volunteer/community enrichment, PA shadowing, research, teaching, extracurricular, and additional professional experiences). Select applicants are invited to interview and their candidacy is further evaluated based on interview performance.

Understanding the Rolling Admissions Process

The Northwestern University PA Program employs a rolling admissions approach. In this approach, interviews are conducted and admission decisions are made while applications are still being accepted. Our process is specifically designed so that open seats remain after the application deadline in October and the conclusion of the interview season in December.

While applications are reviewed in the order that they are received, all applicants who meet our minimum requirements will remain under consideration for the duration of the interview period and may be invited for an interview at any time during that period. 

In this rolling approach, the timeline between application submission and interview invitation can vary significantly for a given applicant. Thus, one applicant could submit their application in August and receive an invitation to interview in August, while another applicant could submit their application in May and receive and invitation to interview in December.

If not selected for an interview, applicants are notified at the conclusion of the interview season, typically in December.

Interviews

Select applicants will be invited to interviews, which begin in the summer of each year. Interview invitations will be extended via direct email communication. For the 2022-23 application cycle, interviews are expected to start in late August or early September and conclude in December.

Application Updates: Experiences

For a current patient care role, it is not necessary to provide newly accrued hour totals. 

For all applicants, patient care experience hours are automatically projected forward based on the date of CASPA application submission and the provided weekly hours. Applicants who start new positions or experiences or who wish to report significant updates to their weekly hours and/or professional responsibilities may do so via CASPA. Alternatively, updates and modifications to patient care positions and other experiences may be sent to paprogram@northwestern.edu

Updates may include:

  • Starting new or leaving old patient care positions
  • Significant changes in hours worked per week in existing patient care roles
  • Changes in responsibilities or duties within an existing patient care role
  • New volunteer, leadership, community service or shadowing experience
  • Newly acquired certifications or honors

Application Updates: Transcripts

We do not require applicants to send transcripts to our Program. If you are invited to interview, we will require submission of new or outstanding official transcripts in order to reconcile the complete academic record.

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

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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