How to Write Your Physician Assistant Personal Statement: Admissions directors and faculty share their expectations for your PA school essay and we teach you how to write it

You’ve finally finished your personal statement and it’s perfect! There’s just one thing to consider before hitting the “send” button — will it meet the admission team’s expectations?

How will you know? CASPA guidelines are vague — “Write a brief statement expressing your motivation or desire to become a physician assistant.” School websites aren’t generally more helpful.

Do they want to hear that you’ve dreamed of becoming a PA since you were five and loved your toy stethoscope? Are they interested in your volunteer work at a homeless shelter? Will it help that you’ve been a science nerd since 9th grade Biology? How should you tell your story? Should it read like a textbook, a novel or something in between?

The fact is there hasn’t been much guidance. Until now.

Admissions directors and faculty from PA programs across the country have shared their thoughts on personal statements — what they hope to see, what they wish they’d never see, and tips to make an essay shine.

When compiling this book, we realized that access to insider information is just the first step to writing a winning personal statement. That’s why we teach you everything you need to know about essay writing, from form to finesse, with step-by-step tips and examples.

This is your all-in-one guide to writing the ideal personal statement for Physician Assistant programs anywhere in the country.

Nanci Arvizu, Writing and Reviews Editor

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3 Comments

  1. Four chapters and 90 pages. This book gets straight to the point. Fantastic read. If you’re applying to PA school, you’ve most likely taken a writing course or two as an undergrad, written countless papers for other classes, and faced the dreaded GRE’s writing portion. You know how to write. 

  2. A must read for anyone applying to PA school! I purchased this book as I was making the finishing touches on my CASPA admission essay and ended up rewriting my entire personal statement This book includes dozens of interviews with PA school faculty along with sample essays and an easy to follow template with practical advice for writing a more “personal”, personal statement. Worth every penny!

  3. Pretty simple and to the point Pretty simple and to the point. This is the only PA personal statement book that I’ve read but it covered good points and examples that were useful to incorporate into my essay

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