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The 2019-2020 Admissions Cycle for the UKPA Program is now closed.  The 2020-2021 Admissions Cycle will open April 30, 2020 (per the CASPA application opening date) and will close July 15, 2020 (midnight EST) for the January 2021 cohort start.

Applying for the UKPA Program is a Two-Step Application Process

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

1. CASPA Applicaton

There are 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.

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 essays
    • The essays are completed on the CASPA application. CASPA has a general essay which should be approximately 625 words asking, "Why are you interested in being a PA?".  There may be additional essays required by the program which will be included on the CASPA application.
  3. Input all direct patient care, shadowing, volunteering, awards, leadership and employment information.
  4. Three recommendation letters, from:
    1. Physician or PA
    2. Academic Advisor or Professor
    3. Any Medical or Academic professional
    • At least two 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. CASPA allows a maximum of 5 letters, however the UKPA program only requires the three as stated above.  Applicants may have 2 additional letters in CASPA to complete the 5 recommendations.
  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.

CASPA Application

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.

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.

2. UK Graduate School Application

On the Graduate School application, you will:

  1. Upload a copy of your college transcripts (required-unofficial is fine).
  2. Send official GRE scores using code 1837 (required).    
  3. Do not submit recommendations, essays, writing samples, etc on this application.

UK Graduate School Application


Application fee is $125. Please note that we do not require recommendations, essays, writing samples, resumes, etc. to be submitted on this application.

Important Notes

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.