Accelerated Pathways to PA and DPT

Elon offers undergraduate students a distinctive accelerated pathway to the university’s highly selective Physician Assistant Studies and Doctor of Physical Therapy graduate programs.

Who should apply?

Academically strong students who plan to major in the arts and sciences and have a GPA of 3.8 or higher. In addition, competitive candidates will have an evidence-based reading and writing, and math SAT total of 1380 or ACT 31.

Program Highlights

  • Complete undergraduate courses in 3.5 years with the opportunity for admission into Elon Physician Assistant Studies (PA) or Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program in the final semester of the senior year
  • Join a strong cohort of undergraduate students dedicated to advancing their academic and professional preparation
  • Work closely with faculty mentors in the undergraduate Health Professions program and School of Health Sciences starting in your first year at Elon
  • Develop the essential skills and fluencies, drawn from a liberal arts education, necessary for success as a healthcare provider: critical and analytical thinking skills, intercultural competencies, and awareness of the influence of healthcare disparities and how to address them
  • Gain clinical and professional experiences through internships, study abroad, service and leadership, undergraduate research and targeted programming at the Gerald L. Francis center, home to the physician assistant and physical therapy graduate programs
  • Tour patient simulation labs, engage in panel discussions with graduate students and healthcare professionals, participate in practice interviews and workshops on the graduate application process Accelerated Pathways to PA and DPT

Application Requirements

  • Submit a first-year application for admission to Elon by January 10, 2020
  •  Submit Accelerated Pathways program application by January 15, 2020
  • If selected to interview, attend Accelerated Pathways Friday March 6, 2020

Program Requirements

  • Maintain a minimum 3.2 overall GPA, 3.0 in undergraduate sciences
  • Complete prerequisite Health Sciences courses with grades of C or better
  • Faculty interview prior to DPT or PA matriculation
  • Completion of required healthcare hours
  • Two letters of recommendation, one from a healthcare professional and one from a faculty member

*Due to the highly-selective nature of graduate healthcare programs, candidates are required to interview in person.