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CASPA™ vs. CASPer® – there’s a difference!

With the recent update to admissions requirements for many physician assistant programs in the US, we see applicants asking programs about the difference between CASPA™ and CASPer®. Total coincidence in the acronyms, but here’s the scoop:

CASPA™ is the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants, an application platform and service offered by the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA). This platform allows students to submit one application to multiple schools. CASPA™ will generate a student identification number for each applicant.

CASPer® (which used to stand for Computer-based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics) is an admissions requirement for several physician assistant programs. The assessment makes up one more piece of the overall application, allowing programs to gain unique insights into their applicants’ non-academic traits, such as communication, teamwork, empathy and professionalism. Applicants should use their CASPA™ student identification number to reserve their CASPer® test.

Though similar letters, CASPA™ and CASPer® are two very different platforms; one is for submitting your application on and the other, an online assessment for your people skills.

For a full list of physician assistant programs using CASPer® this admissions cycle, see below:

  • Campbell University
  • Christian Brothers University
  • Colorado Mesa University
  • Concordia University
  • Eastern Virginia Medical School
  • Gannon University
  • Idaho State University
  • Kettering College
  • Medical University of South Carolina
  • Presbyterian College
  • Rocky Mountain University
    of Health Professions
  • South University Savannah
  • South University Tampa
  • University of Evansville
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of Utah
  • West Liberty University