Admissions Statistics

Below you will find the most recent statistics for application and admission to the PA program, along with 2 years of historical data and comparison to national statistics (where available).  These are provided as a general guideline for applicants to informally gauge the strength of their application.  

Due to occasional review and revision of admission policies and practices, no guarantee is implied or should be inferred regarding future application cycles. Further explanation of these numbers can be found below the tables.

 

Applicant Data

 

Cycle Ending in March...

   

Characteristic

2015

2016

2017

EVMS PA Program Average
(2015-2017)

National Average*
(2016)

Applications Received (completed CASPA)

1868

1467

1506 1614 --
Applications Reviewed by Committee 775 731 722 743 --
Interviews Offered 361 328 289 326 --
Interviews Conducted 169 170 157 165 --
Offers of Admissions 88 86 92 89 --
Class Size 80 80 80 80 46.8

*Data from the Physician Assistant Education Association, By the Numbers: Program Report 32: Data from the 2016 Program Survey, Washington, DC: PAEA 2017.

-- Data unavailable or uncollected

 

Matriculant Data

 

Cycle Ending in March...

   

Characteristic

2015

2016

2017

EVMS PA Program Average
(2015-2017)

National Average*
(2017)

Gender

     Female

 

64 | 80%

 

59 | 73.75%

 

60 | 75% 

 

61 | 76%

 

72.0%

     Male

16 | 20%

21 | 26.25%

20 | 25%

19 | 24%

27.9%

 Race/Ethnicity (self-reported)

     White

 

55 | 68.75%

 

55 | 68.75%

 

60 | 75%

 

57 | 71%

 

73.5%

     Non-white

25 | 31.25%

25 | 31.25%

20 | 25%

23 | 29%

26.5%

Asian 9 12 5 9 7.9%
African American 9 8 5 7 3.9%
Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 0 0 2 .7 0.2%
Hispanic 6 4 6 5 6.5%
Native American 0 0 1 .3 0.6%
Other 1 1 1 1 13.4%
Age 28.3 27.9  28.13  28.11  25.8
Military Service 4 | 5% 7 | 8.8% 5 | 6% 5 | 6.6% 6.4%

Residence

     VA State     

 

41 | 51.25%

 

42 | 52.5

 

50 | 62.5%

 

41 | 55.4%

 

--

Hampton Roads

33

33

36

34

-- 
     Out of State 39 | 48.75% 38 | 47.5% 30 | 37.5%  39 | 44.6% -- 

GPA

 

 

 

 

 

     Undergraduate

3.33

3.33

3.42

3.36

3.55
     Replacement 3.79 3.77 3.81 3.79 --
     Graduate 3.70 3.72 3.62 3.68 --
     Pre-requisite 3.82 3.82 3.84 3.83  -- 

HC Experience (mean | median)

3060 | 1471 3783 | 1685 3198 | 1536 3347 | 1564

3764 | 3207 

     Paid Clinical

5168 | 3280 5821 | 3749 4638 | 3755 5209 | 3595  --

     Peri-Clinical/Volunteer

980 | -- 1744 | -- 1758 | 208 1494 | 208  --
Applicants self-reporting Community Service Activity 59 | 71.1% 58 | 72.9% 72 | 90% 63 | 77.9%  41.8%

*Data from the Physician Assistant Education Association, By the Numbers: Program Report 32: Data from the 2016 Program Survey, Washington, DC PAEA; 2017

-- Data unavailable or uncollected

 

Interpreting the Statistics

Note that the table is not a list of selection or admissions criteria.  Not all the characteristics listed are admissions considerations and there are other characteristics not listed that are part of our admission review process.

The statistics provided are an average (unless otherwise indicated) for the cycles indicated.  Ranges are not included due to space restraints.

Applications: The number of applications received indicates the total number of unique applicants that have designated EVMS as a school to which they are applying.  Not all who designate EVMS complete the full application process and thus are not eligible for review.  The number of applications reviewed identifies the number of applicants with a full application file and met the minimum requirements to be reviewed and were competitive on the basis of their academic performance and clinical experience.

Interviews: qualified candidates are invited for a half-day interview. Due to the timing of our application and interview cycle, many qualified applicants are already committed to other programs. This is reflected in the higher number of interview offers compared to interviews conducted.  The difference between the number of seats offered and class size reflects individuals who declined/deferred their offer after interviewing with the program.

Residence: EVMS does not have a preference or directive to consider residency in the admissions process.

GPA Calculations: PA programs are notorious for having various methods of determining academic success, making comparison among GPA requirements or reporting challenging.  We require a qualifying GPA of at least a 3.0 with higher GPAs being more competitive.  There are three possible GPA that can qualify: overall undergraduate degree GPA (as calculated by CASPA), a complete graduate degree GPA (as calculated by CASPA), or a replacement GPA made up of a candidate’s most recent 40 semester credit hours that are verified on your transcript. This replacement GPA is a one-time calculation done at the time the application is processed.

In addition, we look at a pre-requisite GPA calculated from the candidate’s best performance in the 8 required pre-requisite courses. If multiple courses meet the minimum requirements (B- grade and 3 semester credits), only the best performance is utilized in the calculation.  Grades for associated labs are not included in the calculation and where (2-year vs 4-year institution) or how (online or in class) the course is taken is not a factor.

Healthcare Experience: we categorize experience as either clinical (working directly with patients) or peri-clinical (working in healthcare settings but not directly with patients).  Both volunteer and paid experience is rewarded but at slightly different scales.  Paid clinical experience is preferred but not absolutely required.  Further information is available in the Admissions Guidebook online.