Admissions Information

The Elon PA program participates in the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). All applicants applying for the class of 2020 entering January 2018 will apply online using the CASPA application. To apply, visit

Deadline Schedule for the Class of 2020 (enrolling January 2018)

Final Application Deadline:  November 1, 2016

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.

Interview Schedule

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. Interviews will be held on November 4, November 14, January 9, January 13, February 13 and February 17.

Application Checklist 

Completed applications submitted to CASPA must include the following:

  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate studies
  • Three letters of recommendation (sent to CASPA)
  • Official GRE scores (Elon’s CASPA code is 0398.) 
    • Note: Applicants are not required to self-report GRE scores via CASPA.

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

Admission Requirements

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.

  1. Minimum GPA of 3.2 for undergraduate work (3.65 average)
  2. Minimum Overall Science GPA of 3.0 for undergraduate work (3.62 average)

*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 2016-17 application cycle, each science prerequisite course must be taken in 2008 or later. Non-science prerequisite courses do not have a time limit.

**IMPORTANT: Beginning in the 2016-17 admissions cycle, Microbiology is required.**

  • Human Anatomy & Human Physiology: one full academic year (a minimum of seven semester hours). This requirement may be met by taking either: one semester of Anatomy (with lab) and one semester of Physiology (lab preferred but not required), or two semesters of Anatomy and Physiology combined.
  • General Chemistry with Lab (4 semester hours)
  • Additional Chemistry with Lab (4 semester hours)
  • Microbiology (3 semester hours)
  • 1 Upper Level Science (3 semester hours): Examples include, but are not limited, to biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, exercise physiology, genetics, immunology and organic chemistry.
  • 2 Upper Level Human Condition Courses (3 semester hours each): Course focuses on deepening an understanding of the human condition. Must be non-introductory and 200-level or above. Examples include, but are not limited to, courses taken within the disciplines of anthropology, ethics, psychology, public health, sociology or religion.

Official Graduate Record Examinations (GRE) scores taken within the last 5 years.

  1. Preference will be given to candidates who score above 1000 (or 297 on the revised GRE taken after 7/31/11) for a composite Verbal and Quantitative score. A score of 3.0 or above is preferred for the Analytical Writing score. (Average: 155 Verbal, 155 Quantitative, 4.0 Writing)

Note: We accept the prior GRE General Test as well as the revised GRE General Test. Visit 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; 2,341 hours average)

  1. Preference will be given to candidates who have direct patient care experiences that required a prior period of training based on the length/rigor of the required training. In addition, preference will be given to candidates who have completed greater numbers of healthcare experience hours. 

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:

  • Physician Assistant or Healthcare provider (required)
  • Other (choose 2): PA, health care provider (physician, NP, PT, ATC, etc.), supervisor during healthcare hours, professional supervisor, professor from any subject, academic or research adviser, coach

For examples of recommendation letter submissions, please see our Admissions FAQs.

Must be able to meet the Essential Function Requirements of Physician Assistant Studies at Elon University.

A satisfactory national background check, at the student’s expense, is required prior to matriculation.

For questions about the admissions requirements, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at or (336) 278-7600. The Elon PA Admissions FAQs may also address some of your questions.