The Early Assurance Program (EAP) exists to offer outstanding and qualified undergraduate students with firm interests in a career as a physician assistant and in attending EVMS the opportunity to gain early assurance of acceptance into the PA program at EVMS before beginning their final year of college.

By granting early assurance of acceptance into the program, students will be able to broaden their academic focus, engage in extracurricular leadership activities and pursue first-hand, direct patient care experience. 

Partner Institutions

 

Application & Admission

Each January, early assurance program advisers at each partner institution will forward names of eligible students who are interested in applying to the PA program through the Early Assurance Program to EVMS. Students interested in the program are required to maintain regular contact with the EAP adviser during their college career. Eligible students will receive an email containing the necessary links and instructions to apply. 

Below are the main steps necessary to apply through the Early Assurance Program at EVMS. 

  • Meet with the EAP adviser at your institution as soon as possible.
  • Establish a plan to complete prerequisites, certification and patient care experience prior to application deadline.
  • Complete the EVMS EAP application by May 30 during the spring semester of your junior year.
  • Complete the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) application by June 15 of your junior year.
  • Interview with the PA program admissions committee in July.
  • Complete the undergraduate degree requirements and maintain EAP eligibility. 

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Eligibility

To be eligible to apply for 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 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 U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Maintaining an overall (cumulative) GPA of 3.25 or better (on a 4.0 scale) with consistent academic performance. 
    • NOTE: The CASPA-calculated baccalaureate GPA reflects the cumulative undergraduate GPA we will be evaluating. CASPA uses a 4.0 scale when calculating their GPAs. More information, including a GPA calculator, is available online
  • Satisfactorily complete at least 7 of the 8 prerequisite 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. It will also require significant progress toward achieving individually specified goals outlined in the application.  

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

  • Meet with EAP adviser 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
  • Maintaining an overall (cumulative) GPA of 3.25 or better (on a 4.0 scale) with consistent academic performance. 
    • NOTE: The CASPA-calculated baccalaureate GPA reflects the cumulative undergraduate GPA we will be evaluating. CASPA uses a 4.0 scale when calculating their GPAs. More information, including a GPA calculator, is available online
  • Make significant progress toward achieving the individually-specified goals outlined on the Healthcare Experience Plan of Completion:
    • To obtain strong, direct patient care experience, students should consider obtaining a certification as a healthcare provider (e.g., certified nursing assistant, emergency medical technician, paramedic, phlebotomist, etc.)
    • The goal is for the applicant to have at least 1,000 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 matriculating in the 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  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, other code of conduct violations and/or unprofessional conduct in a healthcare 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.