How CSD Programs Receive Your Application


UNDERSTAND: From the date you list a school on your CSDCAS application, your CSD programs can view your entire application in real time via their online admissions portal even if you haven’t submitted to that program yet. CSDCAS does not mail or “release” your applications to CSD programs.

As a result, you may receive communication from the programs you have selected even before your application is submitted, completed, or verified. The point at which your programs choose to review your materials and how they determine your application is ready for review is completely at their discretion. Please note, however, that “Verified” is the final status for all CSDCAS applications.

Via the Admissions Portal, your programs may conduct their entire admissions process, or they may choose to port some or all of your application information into their own student information database. This is entirely dependent on how each CSD program manages its admissions process. Because of this, it is highly recommended that you notify your schools directly if any updates or other information changes need to be made to your application (i.e. contact information) after you are verified. For more information on how your program conducts their application process, you would need to speak with the school directly.

Decisions made by the CSD programs regarding your application or messages sent to you by the CSD program do NOT post back to your CSDCAS application. Any notifications from your programs will be to you directly via email, phone, or regular mail. However, CSD programs often use the email system in the Admissions Portal to send you email notifications.

IMPORTANT: To ensure notifications are received from your CSD programs, designate and as “safe” sources on your e-mail contact list. This will avoid your inbox from filtering important messages from your CSD programs as SPAM.


The following issues would prevent your application from being visible to your intended PA programs:

  • You have not yet listed the school on your CSDCAS application
  • Your application is in a “Hold” status in your status menu. You would receive notification from CSDCAS at the time the hold was placed.

Applications are placed on hold for several reasons, including:

  1. You have created more than one application for the cycle and the duplicates are placed on hold.
  2. You have chosen to withdraw your application for the cycle, so it has been placed on hold.
  3. You have been found in violation of the Professional Code of Conduct by CAPCSD and your application has been suspended.
  4. Your application has been placed in a “Bad Payment” status following a credit card charge back.


Q: How do I know my programs received my application?

A: All applications are available to your CSD programs online. Any further inquiries regarding the status of your application should be made directly to the schools to which you are applying.

Q: My programs say they have not received my application. What do I do?

A: From the date you list a school on your application, your application is available online for your school to view. If your school is having difficulty accessing the application, please instruct them contact their Admissions Portal administrators directly so that we may assist them.

Q: When will I hear from my programs regarding admissions?

A: CSDCAS is not part of the admissions process and school programs do not notify our service as to the admissions status of applicants. We advise contacting the school directly to determine the schedule of their admissions process and for updates on the status of your application.