Steps for Applying

The 2019-2020 Admissions Cycle for the UKPA Program is now closed.  The 2020-2021 Admissions Cycle will open Mid-April 2020 (per the CASPA application opening date) and will close July 15, 2020 for the January 2021 cohort start.

Both applications must be paid, complete, and submitted by the July 15, 2019 deadline in order to be reviewed and considered for interview.

Two-Step Application Process

  1. Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA)
  2. UK Graduate School Application

CASPA Applicaton
Application fees are dependent on the number of institutions applied to in CASPA. Fees begin at $177 and $51 for each additional designation submitted.  The fee waiver bank will offer a total of $93,330 for applicants who qualify.   There are essentially two CASPA portals for UK: University of Kentucky-Lexington Campus & University of Kentucky-Morehead Campus.  Applicants may only apply to one campus and not to both campuses.  Please note the CASPA application is a separate application entity used by the UKPA Program.  Any questions regarding this application needs to be directed to the CASPA representatives.

On the CASPA application you will:

  1. Send official transcripts of all college coursework.  All official transcripts must be submitted and received by CASPA by our July 15th deadline.  There are no exceptions made.
  2. Complete a personal statement
  3. Input all direct patient care, shadowing, volunteering, awards, leadership and employment information.
  4. Three recommendations (1. Physician or PA, 2. Academic Advisor or Professor, and 3. Any Medical or Academic professional)  At least two evaluations/references must be completed in order to be considered a complete application for review.  All three must be received by the deadline to continue evaluation for interview.
  5. Self-report GRE scores (Official scores must be reported to the UK Graduate School Office by the July 15th deadline)
  6. Additionally, applicants will need to complete the UK supplemental portion of the CASPA application which is listed under the Program Materials section of the application.

UK Graduate School Application
Application fee is $125. On the Graduate School application, you will:

  1. Upload a copy of your college transcripts (required).
  2. Send official GRE scores using code 1837 (required).  Do not choose a department code when asked.  
  3. Complete additional UKPA Program supplemental questions.
  4. Please note that we do not require recommendations, essays, writing samples, resumes, etc. to be submitted on this application. 


The UKPA Program will not review applications for interview until both applications (Graduate & CASPA) are paid, submitted, and complete.  In order for CASPA to be a complete application, applicants must have submitted and paid the application in addition to CASPA receiving ALL official transcripts from institutions in which academic credit was received as well as two recommendations/evaluations.  The third evaluation and GRE scores must be received by our deadline as well or the application will be considered incomplete review will not continue.  The Graduate school application simply needs to be completed, submitted, and paid by the deadline.


If you are reapplying, all applicants must complete a new CASPA application and new UK Graduate School application.  For the Graduate School application, you must create a new account using a different email address than the one used last cycle.  For CASPA, please follow their instructions for reapplicants.