Admission to the PA profession has become increasingly competitive over the years. EVMS evaluates applicants through four lenses: cognitive/academic, personal/non-cognitive, healthcare experience and community service.
Detailed information about admissions criteria for a competitive application can be found in our Admissions Guidebook. It is a comprehensive guide about our application requirements and the admissions process. The Admissions Guidebook for the 2020-2021 admissions cycle will be posted prior to the start of the cycle's opening on July 1, 2020.
Applicants to the program must be U.S. citizens or U.S. permanent residents and have:
- A bachelor’s degree (or higher graduate degree) completed no later than July 1.
- Official transcripts from the awarding institution must specify the date upon which the degree was issued.
- If the bachelor’s degree was issued by a U.S. college or university, as a general rule it should be from a regionally accredited institution. However, the PA program may grant exceptions on a case-by-case basis.
- Applicants with foreign degrees may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- Specifics regarding foreign degree requirements, prerequisite expectations and eligibility are detailed in the Admissions Guidebook.
- A qualifying grade point average of 3.00 or better (on a 4.0 scale).
- Review the GPA calculation details
- All prerequisite coursework satisfactorily* completed prior to March 1.
Required courses include:
- General Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry+
- Microbiology or Cell Biology+
- Intro to Psychology
- Additional Psychology+
- Math, Statistics or Physics
*Requires 3 semester credits minimum with a B- or better grade
+Must be completed within 10 years of application deadline
- Completed the CASPA application by March 1.
- Application requirements include:
- CASPA application fee
- Official transcript(s) from each university or college ever attended
- TOEFL scores (if applicable)
- 3 letters of reference
- Other documents as directed by CASPA
- Official transcripts for any outstanding prerequisites completed after CASPA verification must be submitted directly to EVMS:
EVMS Physician Assistant Program
School of Health Professions
ATTN: Admissions & Enrollment
700 West Olney Road, Suite 1155
Norfolk, VA 23501
- Reviewed the technical standards.
A complete application file includes a completed CASPA application and CASPer test by March 1, 2020.
If an application is not complete by the March 1 deadline, it will not be considered, regardless of the original CASPA submission date.
A CASPA application is considered complete when the following actions occur:
- All official transcripts are listed, each with a date received in your Status Menu under "Transcripts."
- At least two of your references are listed as "completed" with a date completed in your Status Menu under "Evaluations."
- Your payment is marked as received with a date received in your Status Menu.
- You have received email confirmation that you submitted the application.
- Your application Status Menu reads as "Materials Received > Verifying" for the PA programs to which you submitted.
Additional Admissions Information
For application and admission questions, please contact: