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The University of California San Diego School of Medicine Atkinson Physician Assistant Education Program is committed to building and sustaining a diverse academic community of faculty, staff, and learners. We aim to attract and admit culturally and cognitively diverse learners with the potential for clinical excellence, whose interests align with the mission, vision, and core values of the program. The program is dedicated to a holistic admissions process that considers the lived experiences, attributes, and academic achievements of each applicant, recognizing their unique potential to serve as future clinicians.

In accordance with applicable federal and state law and university policy, the University of California San Diego does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, pregnancy,1 physical or mental disability, medical condition (cancer related or genetic characteristics), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or service in the uniformed services.2,3 This nondiscrimination policy covers admission, access, and treatment in university programs and activities. The University of California San Diego recognizes its obligation to provide program accessibility (as described in Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990) for persons with disabilities.

1 Pregnancy includes pregnancy, childbirth, and medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth.
2 Service in the uniformed services includes membership, application for membership, performance of service, application for service, or obligation for service in the uniformed services.
3 State and federal funding programs may require the program to recruit individuals who are economically and/or educationally disadvantaged, underrepresented populations, military veterans, and those from rural backgrounds.


Secondary Application Update

The Secondary Application for the 2023-2024 application cycle has reopened and will close on March 8. The link will be sent to applicants via their CASPA email address. If you have already completed the Secondary Application for this cycle*, you will not have to complete it again and will not receive another link. After the application closes, interview invitations will be sent out, which will take place from March 18–29.

* Please note that the Secondary Application for the 2024-2025 application cycle has not yet opened. The next cycle will open in late April. Continue to check here for updates.

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– Maya Angelou

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Deadline August 1

The Secondary Application has been temporarily disabled. Do not contact the program. Instead, please revisit this page to check for status updates on the application site.

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