The Elon PA application timeline has been adjusted to address candidate feedback regarding the extended time between application and enrollment and provide a more quality applicant experience. We will not accept applications during the 2024-25 CASPA cycle.

If you are interested in enrolling for our next available start term in January 2026, we will accept applications during the 2025-26 CASPA application cycle (opening April 2025). Please visit How to Apply and FAQs for more information. Additionally, you may join our email list to receive application information and updates as we approach this cycle. 

Note: As of November 2023, the application has closed for applicants interested in enrolling in January 2025.  

Admissions

Elon PA is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion in admissions. Our program seeks to build a class of students who represent a variety of backgrounds and experiences in order to develop dedicated and empathetic healthcare professionals.

We evaluate each application on its own merits. Admission decisions are based on all academic work (including undergraduate GPA and science GPA), interview scores, healthcare care experience, letters of recommendation, 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.

In alignment with the Elon PA program mission “Learning. Caring. Serving. Leading,” our program values the following in our admissions process:

  • Lived experiences (or identities) that are currently underrepresented in the PA profession
  • Cultural humility
  • Critical thinking/problem solving
  • Adaptability to change
  • Ability to collaborate and work in teams
  • Demonstrable service to others
  • Accountability to oneself and others

Admission to Elon PA is highly competitive. For the enrolled January 2023 cohort, Elon PA received approximately 2,400 verified CASPA applications to fill our cohort of 38 students. Prospective applicants are encouraged to review the Class Profile and Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about the average criteria of matriculated students and what is looked for in an application file.

Accelerated Pathways

Accelerated Pathways is a selective undergraduate program at Elon University that provides students an opportunity for admission and enrollment into the PA program. Students must complete targeted programming throughout their undergraduate career in addition to meeting all requirements for matriculation into the PA program. The undergraduate coursework and programming completed in the Accelerated Pathways Program does not replace any of the PA curriculum or count as “advanced placement.” Following completion of all Accelerated Pathway requirements, students participate in a final interview prior to acceptance into the PA program.

Prospective undergraduate students interested in the Accelerated Pathways program may view information about the program and admissions process here. Please work with your undergraduate Admissions Counselor to apply.

Contact Information

Questions from prospective or current applicants regarding the program, visit opportunities, or the admissions process should be directed to:

Office of Graduate Admissions

Inman Admissions & Welcome Center
2750 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
Telephone: 336.278.7600
Fax: 336.278.7699
Email: gradadm@elon.edu

Meet the Graduate Admissions team!

CASPA (Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants)

Telephone: 617.612.2080
Email: apply@caspaonline.org

CASPA Website

Office of Financial Aid

Inman Admissions & Welcome Center
2725 Campus Box
Elon, NC 27244
Telephone: 336.248.7640

Financing the Elon PA Program