The Elon PA program participates in the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). All applicants applying for the class of 2019 entering January 2017 will apply online using the CASPA application. To apply, visit https://portal.caspaonline.org/.
Final Application Deadline: November 2, 2015
The committee will begin reviewing applications in September and continue through February, when final interviews are conducted. The Elon PA program accepts applications on a modified rolling basis so applicants are encouraged to apply early.
Interviews are a requirement for admission. About 120 of the most qualified applicants will be invited to campus for an interview with the PA faculty. A list of interview dates is forthcoming.
Completed applications submitted to CASPA must include the following:
Elon does not have a supplemental application.
It is the applicant's responsibility to review the progress of his/her application by viewing Elon OnTrack (click on link and select “OnTrack for Applicants”). The Office of Graduate Admissions emails each candidate their OnTrack username and password about 2 weeks after we receive your application from CASPA. This allows us time to process your materials and update our system.
For evaluation, all documents must be received. If you have any questions about missing documents, please contact CASPA first. After speaking with CASPA, if you still have questions, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at (336) 278-7600 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Admission to the Elon PA program is highly competitive. Each application is evaluated on its own merits. Admission decisions are based on all academic work (including undergraduate GPA and science GPA), GRE scores, letters of recommendation, interview scores, patient care experience, demonstrated service and leadership ability. Motivation, maturity, interpersonal skills, knowledge of the PA profession and the healthcare system and the mission of the Elon PA program are also considered. View the class profile to see the average GPA, GRE, health care hours and more.
Evidence of an earned bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college* or university or date when degree is expected.
*Each applicant must complete a bachelor's degree in the United States from a regionally accredited college or university. International degrees that have been evaluated as United States equivalent will not fulfill this requirement. All prerequisites must be completed at a regionally accredited college or university.
Completion of prerequisite courses:
Elon requires 6 science courses and 2 non-science courses. Grades of ‘C’ or better are required in each prerequisite course. No prerequisite course may be taken on a “pass/no pass” or “credit/no credit” basis. All prerequisites must be completed at a regionally accredited college or university. Coursework from community college or online institutions can be accepted.
Five of the six science courses must be complete at the time of application. For the 2015-16 application cycle, each science prerequisite course must be taken in 2007 or later. Non-science prerequisite courses do not have a time limit.
Official Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) scores taken within the last 5 years.
Note: We accept the prior GRE General Test as well as the revised GRE General Test. Visit ets.org/gre for additional information about the revised scoring scale. Elon's CASPA GRE code is 0398.
Minimum of 250 hours volunteer or work experience in a health care setting with at least 20 of these hours spent working with or observing a physician assistant (may be in progress). (1,000 hours recommended; 2,454 hours average)
Three Letters of Recommendation*
Three recommendation letters are required, including one from a Physician Assistant or other healthcare provider; and two others. The admission committee has no preference of the two “other” recommendation letters and will accept two from the same category (such as 2 professors). Acceptable references include, but are not limited to, any combination of the following list:
For examples of recommendation letter submissions, please see our Admissions FAQs.
*CASPA has a limit of 3 recommendation letters. If you need to submit a letter directly to Elon in order to fulfill a requirement, please download the Elon PA Recommendation Form. The recommender should submit it directly to Elon via email (email@example.com), fax (336.278.7699, attn. Graduate Admissions), or mail:
Office of Graduate Admissions
2750 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
Must be able to meet the Essential Function Requirements of Physician Assistant Studies at Elon University.
For questions about the admissions requirements, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org or (336) 278-7600. The Elon PA Admissions FAQs may also address some of your questions.