Early Assurance Program Eligibility

Application Requirements

To be eligible to apply through the Early Assurance Program, a student must meet the following criteria:

  • Be an enrolled "career student" at a partner institution since your Freshman year of college
    • This program is not available to students transferring into the institution
  • Be in their "Junior year" at a partner institution
    • Applicants should have no more than one (1) additional academic year to complete at the time of their interview session
  • Meet all institutional and degree requirements to continue as a student in good standing
  • Have no academic or conduct code violations
  • Be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident (Green card holder)
  • Maintain an overall GPA of 3.25 or better
  • Have satisfactorily completed at least 7 of the 8 pre-requisite courses
  • Be able to accumulate 500 hours of patient care experience before acceptance into the program


Maintaining Eligibility

Continuation in the EAP will require evidence of general academic progress consistent with past performance, and of significant progress toward achievement of individually specified goals outlined the application.  

In addition, the following criteria must be maintained by the student to continue eligibility:

  • Meet with EAP Advisor each semester and maintain contact with the PA Program after graduation;
  • Carry sufficient credit load during the remaining regular academic semesters to fulfill undergraduate degree requirements;
  • Maintain an overall 3.25 GPA or better with consistent academic performance;
  • Make significant progress towards achieving the individually specified goals outlined on the Healthcare Experience Plan of Completion;
    • To obtain strong direct patient care experience, students should give sincere consideration to obtaining a certification as a healthcare provider (e.g., CNA, EMT, Paramedic, Phlebotomy, etc.).
    • The goal is for the applicant to have at least 1000 hours of patient care experience before matriculating in the PA Program
  • Fulfill all institution and degree requirements to maintain status as a student in good standing (no academic or conduct code violations) and earn a bachelor’s degree prior to matriculation in the EVMS PA Program;
  • Complete the additional specific conditions set by the PA Program at the time of acceptance notification (e.g., official transcripts confirming date of degree completion, a criminal background check, indication of ability to independently meet the Technical Standards, and submission of all health requirements);
  • Remain free of any actions or conduct that would cause the Admissions Committee to question a student's suitability to pursue a career in medicine.  These include, but are not limited to, misdemeanor or felony convictions, academic dishonesty, or other code of conduct violation, and/or unprofessional conduct in a health care or educational setting.

Failure to meet or maintain these eligibility standards will constitute grounds for dismissal from the program.

However, dismissal from the EAP does not affect the student's ability to apply to the PA Program through the conventional application process.