The mission of the Northeastern University Physician Assistant Program is to educate and inspire compassionate clinicians from diverse backgrounds to become accomplished leaders and innovators in all aspects of healthcare. As global citizens, we are dedicated to access, equity, and inclusion. We are committed to developing future physician assistants who can advance diversity by providing culturally informed care to people across race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, class, age, ability, and nationality.
A class of 52 students matriculates once each year in August. The CASPA application cycle opens in late April, and our application deadline is August 1 of the year prior to planned matriculation. We do not have early decision or rolling admissions. Early application submission does not guarantee early review of your application. All applications will be fully reviewed and equally considered as long as they are submitted to CASPA by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on August 1 and verified by CASPA by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on August 31. The admissions process has 3 phases.
Northeastern University’s Physician Assistant Program does not award or grant advanced placement or course credit to any admitted students regardless of previous education or work experience. All applicants must meet the Program’s rigorous criteria for admissions. Admissions decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, genetics, nationality, veteran’s status, disability, or age. The admissions process is competitive. During the 2021-2022 application cycle, we had approximately 1700 CASPA applications.
The Northeastern University Physician Assistant Program reviews applications holistically. All components of the CASPA application are considered in selecting candidates for a personal interview. No one specific application component will ensure admission to the program. The holistic review considers the following:
Approximately 180 candidates are interviewed. Interviews will be conducted virtually and are usually scheduled in mid-October. Applicants selected for personal interviews will be notified via email a few weeks prior to the date of the interview. The low-stress, two-day interview process provides applicants the opportunity to:
During the personal interview the admissions committee not only considers all components of the CASPA application but also evaluates applicants regarding:
Final selection of the class will be conducted by holistic review of the candidates who were interviewed. This selection will be based upon all components of the CASPA application review, the personal interview, and interdisciplinary program interest.
Applicants will receive email notification regarding their status by late December. All admissions decisions are final. Those offered a seat in the program will have two weeks to respond. A deposit of $1000 is required to secure your place in the class and will be applied to your first term’s tuition.
Northeastern University’s PA Program is a participant in CASPA (Centralized Application Service for PAs). CASPA allows you to apply to multiple participating programs, verifies your application for accuracy, processes the application, and forwards it to your designated PA programs. The deadline for submission to CASPA for the Northeastern University PA Program is August 1 of the year prior to planned matriculation.
Please note that it is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all materials have been submitted to CASPA and that the application is complete. Northeastern University will not provide interim updates regarding application status. Applicants will receive email notification regarding their status by late December.
Northeastern presently offers three degree options that appear on the CASPA portal: the traditional MSPA Program, the dual degree MSPA/MPH Program, and the dual degree MSPA/MSHI Program. Please make sure you choose the one correct option for your desired course of studies when you apply via the Northeastern CASPA portal. You may apply to only one degree option. Prerequisites are the same for all three options.
Information on the CASPA application process can be found on the CASPA web site.
The CASPA application portal for matriculation in August 2023 will open on April 28, 2022. The class matriculating in August 2022 has already been selected.
Remember to choose only one of the three degree options that are available before starting your CASPA application:
Be sure to carefully read the information below before completing your CASPA application.
In order for your application to be considered complete and be reviewed for any of the three options, the program must receive the following material:
Northeastern University requires a $75 application fee for all students applying to the University regardless of which of the three degree options you choose. This fee is in addition to the CASPA application fee and is nonrefundable.
We will notify you via email when your CASPA application has been verified. Your CASPA application will not be reviewed until has been verified and we have received your $75 Northeastern Application fee. Receipt of your $75 Northeastern application fee cannot be acknowledged via email until you submit your CASPA application.
Tuition for students beginning the program in the fall of 2021 is $16,825 per term, for a total of $50,475/year. The Double Husky Scholarship is available to students starting with the class matriculating in August 2021 in the Physician Assistant Program. Additional fees are also listed below and are subject to change annually.
For students applying to either of the dual degree options (MSPA/MPH or MSPA/MSHI), please contact the individual MPH or MSHI programs for information on additional tuition and fees incurred throughout the duration of the dual degree option.
|Physician Assistant Program Tuition||Year 1||Year 2||Total 2-Year Estimated Cost|
($16,825 per term)
($16,825 per term)
|Textbook/Required Lab Materials||$350||$350||$700|
|Criminal Background Checks||$82||$82||$164|
|Student Center Fee||$175||—||$175|
|Student Recreation Fee||$155||—||$155|
|Student Activities Fee||$42.50||—||$42.50|
|Travel/Parking/Housing Fees at Clinical Rotations||—||$3,500||$3,500|
|Two PA Program Patches||$5 each = $10||—||$10|
|Two Short White Jackets||$20 each = $40||—||$40|
|Metric Tape Measure||$5||—||$5|
|Pen Style ECG Calipers||$21||—||$21|
|TOTAL ESTIMATED COST||$52,291.50||$54,407||$106,698.50|
|Fee Type||Year 1||Year 2||Total 2-Year Estimated Cost|
|International Student Fee||$350||—||$350|
|On-Campus Parking Fee||$2,316||—||$2,316|
|Student Health Insurance||$2,299||$2,299||$4,598|
|University Health and Counseling Services Fee||$225||$225||$450|
|End-of-rotation Exam Retests for Underperformance||—||$300||$300|
|TOTAL POTENTIAL ADDITIONAL FEES||$5,190||$2,824||$8,014|
|Fee Type||Year 1||Year 2||Total 2-Year Estimated Cost|
|Nylon Medical Bag||$30||—||$30|
|TOTAL OPTENTIAL MEDICAL||$185||—||$185|
By law, all students in Massachusetts are required to have health insurance. If a student does not elect to take the Northeastern University student health insurance plan ($2299 for the 2021-2022 academic year), evidence of other comparable health insurance coverage must be provided. More information about the Northeastern University student health insurance plan can be found here.
Information about financial aid is available through The Office of Graduate Student Financial Services (617-373-5899). There are several types of need-based financial aid in the form of government loans as well as a Northeastern loan available only for physician assistant students.
Working while attending the program is not feasible. There are no graduate assistantships or Lifetime Learning Memberships available for PA students. Information about procedures regarding refunds of tuition and fees is available through The Office of Student Financial Services website.
Northeastern University participates in the federal government’s Yellow Ribbon Program for veterans. Information about the program (including eligibility, benefits, and how to apply) can be accessed on university’s Yellow Ribbon website.
The John D. O’Bryant African-American Institute offers a graduate fellowship to students of African origin who demonstrate high standards of leadership and have a record of community service.