Admissions Information

The Elon PA program participates in the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). All applicants applying for the class of 2018 entering January 2016 will apply online using the CASPA application. To apply, visit https://portal.caspaonline.org/.
 

Deadline Schedule for the Class of 2018 (enrolling January 2016)

Final Deadline:  November 1, 2014

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 scheduled on November 17, November 21, January 12, January 16, February 16, and February 20.
 

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)
  • Personal Statement (standard CASPA essay prompt)
  • Listing of health care experience(s)
  • 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 gradadm@elon.edu.

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 (3.55 average)
  2. Minimum Overall Science GPA of 3.0 for undergraduate work (3.46 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:

  1. Anatomy with Laboratory- 4 semester hours
  2. Physiology - 3 semester hours
  3. General Chemistry with Laboratory- 4 semester hours
  4. Additional Chemistry course with Laboratory– 4 semester hours
  5. Additional Upper Level Science Courses: two semesters (a minimum of 6 semester hours) of upper level courses focused on deepening an understanding of human anatomy, physiology and pathophysiology. Examples include, but are not limited, to biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, exercise physiology, genetics, immunology, microbiology and organic chemistry.
  6. Additional Upper Level Courses: two semesters (a minimum of 6 semester hours) of upper level courses focused on deepening an understanding of the human condition. Examples include, but are not limited, to courses taken within the disciplines of anthropology, ethics, psychology, public health, sociology or religion.

Notes on prerequisite courses

  • Five of the six required science courses must be complete at the time of application.
  • 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
  • Each science prerequisite course must have been successfully completed within 10 years prior to January enrollment. Non-science prerequisite courses do not have a time limit.


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: 154 Verbal, 153 Quantitative, 4.0 Writing)

Note: We accept the prior GRE General Test as well as the revised GRE General Test. Visit www.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; 3,128 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*

  1. One letter must be written by an academic reference or health profession’s advisory committee qualified to evaluate the applicant's academic achievement and potential for success as a graduate student.
  2. One letter must be written by a professional or supervisor qualified to evaluate the applicant's interpersonal skills and ability to meet the future demands of providing patient care under the supervision of a physician.

*If you have used all 3 recommenders through CASPA and need a recommendation form for an academic reference (or health professions advisory committee), you may download the Elon PA Recommendation Form.  The recommender must submit it directly to Elon via email (gradadm@elon.edu), fax (336.278.7699, attn. Graduate Admissions), or mail:

Elon University
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 gradadm@elon.edu or (336) 278-7600. The Elon PA Admissions FAQs may also address some of your questions.