The Charles R. Drew University PA Program Admission and Application Process
The Charles R. Drew University PA Program utilizes a rolling admission process from April 30 to September 1st. This means that those who complete their applications first (verified CASPA application, including a statement letter and three reference letters), are considered for early interviews and admission decisions. Interviews for invited applicants are scheduled from the summer through the fall, depending on space availability. Therefore, we encourage applicants to submit their applications early in order to be considered for early interviews and decisions. Because of our rolling admissions schedule, those who apply early in the admissions cycle are more likely to be interviewed than those who apply later.

The CASPA Application Process
The Charles R. Drew University PA Program requires that all VERIFIED CAPSA applications must be received by September 1st through the on-line Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) program. The Charles R. Drew PA Program participates in the annual application cycle which opens in late April annually.
Applications are reviewed once VERIFIED by CASPA and all required documents have been submitted. It is the applicant's responsibility to confirm completion of the application by viewing his or her on-line CAPSA application. Please do not contact the PA Program to determine completeness.
The CASPA application can be found at

The on-line CASPA application must:

  • Indicate that all academic prerequisites are completed or will be completed by May 30th of the application year. Be sure to send all transcripts to CASPA, including all prerequisite courses once completed so that CASPA can verify and calculate the pre-requisite courses GPA. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all official transcripts for "in progress" course work are received by the PA Program Admissions Office by the application deadline. Please do not send transcripts for coursework to the PA Program unless requested by the program.
  • Include three letters of reference submitted to CASPA. These are usually written by someone who is familiar with the applicant's patient care experience. At least one reference must be from a medical provider who has observed the applicant in either a volunteer or employment capacity, and one letter from a professor or academic advisor who has evaluated the applicant academically. If we do not receive three letters of reference by the application deadline, the application will be considered incomplete.

Examples of reference letters include, but are not limited to:

  • a professor familiar with one's academic ability
  • a physician, physician assistant or other medical provider
  • another professional affiliate

Please note CDU accepts semester units. Quarter units must be converted to equal semester units prior to application. This will ensure that you are meeting our unit requirement.

For additional information please contact CDU Office of Enrollment at (323) 563-4800