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. 

Admission Requirements

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).
  • All prerequisite coursework satisfactorily* completed prior to March 1.

    Required courses include:

    • Anatomy+
    • Physiology+
    • 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

Application Deadline

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

Contact Us

For application and admission questions, please contact:

Rose Mwayungu, MSEd, MSED
Assistant Director of Admissions 
EVMS School of Health Professions Admissions and Enrollment