Candidates must have completed all undergraduate degree requirements and have been issued a bachelor’s degree prior to matriculating as an EVMS student. 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 program may grant exceptions on a case-by-case basis. Official transcripts from the awarding institution must specify the date upon which the degree was issued. All individuals must satisfy the admission requirements. Currently the program does not accept international students or medical graduates.

All candidates must: 

  • be a U.S. citizen or have proof of permanent residency status. Applicants born outside the U.S. must provide proof of U.S. citizenship or permanent residency status upon agreeing to accept a student position at EVMS.
  • have a baccalaureate degree (in any area of study) and a qualifying grade point average of 3.0 (B) or better.
  • have completed all prerequisite courses listed with a grade of B- or better.

The program is highly interested in receiving applications from individuals with degrees in biology, chemistry, exercise science, nursing, pre-health/medicine, business and allied health areas. Though prior medical and/or operating room experience is not a prerequisite, paid and non-paid experiences in healthcare are taken into consideration during the application review process.

Individuals who are in the process of completing their baccalaureate degree and/or prerequisite courses may apply to the program if they plan to complete these requirements prior to the start of the program.

The abilities and skills candidates and students must possess in order to complete the education and training associated with surgical assistant education are referred to as Technical Standards. These abilities and skills are essential for clinical practice as a surgical assistant.

Prerequisite Courses

All prerequisite courses must have been completed within the past 10 years with a B- or better for acceptance. Waivers may be granted based on experience and other factors.

  • Anatomy and Physiology I and II with lab (human anatomy/physiology recommended): 6-8 credit hours
  • General Biology with lab: 3 credit hours
  • General or Intro Chemistry with lab: 3 credit hours
  • Microbiology with lab: 3 credit hours

TOEFL Scores

All applicants who entered the U.S. after the age of 12, have a foreign degree and/or English as a second language are required to provide TOEFL scores. This requirement must be fulfilled before your application will be considered complete and eligible for review.

Due to the importance of communication in the English language for both learning and practicing, further demonstration of English proficiency may be requested as a condition of acceptance for applicants exhibiting difficulty with the written or spoken language.

To ensure an ability to function at the graduate level in this healthcare program, the following are acceptable TOEFL scores:

  • Internet-based test (preferred): 85
  • Computer-based test: 220
  • Minimum of 25 in the speaking component