Prospective Students

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Thank you for your interest in the Physician Assistant Program. The traditional graduate-level PA Program confers the Master of Science in Health Sciences (MSHS) degree. The joint degree program awards both the MSHS and the Master of Public Health (MPH) degrees. In each of these educational endeavors, we seek students who reflect the vision and mission of the program. In particular, we believe that upon completion, our alumni will practice evidence-based medicine, advocate for their patients, and serve their community

With an average of 2500 plus applications annually, our review process is focused on assessing an applicant's depth and breadth of science preparation, the quantity of their previous direct patient and related healthcare experiences, previous commitments to community service, leadership roles, and other unique characteristics such as second language proficiency. A limited number of interviews are offered during each admission cycle. The admissions section of our website provides additional information regarding our course and experience prerequisites, where and how to apply, and what you should expect if invited for an interview. The provision of securing Clinical sites or preceptors is not an admission or program requirement. The program abides by the standards (A3.03) of our accrediting body, ARC-PA, that prospective and enrolled students must not be required to provide or solicit clinical sites or preceptors.

"Fit" is the one word that characterizes what the GW PA Program faculty are looking for in its prospective students. We recognize that the decision to pursue a career as a physician assistant is one not to be taken lightly. The intensity of the educational process requires substantive support from family, friends, faculty and many others. We strongly believe that every applicant needs to examine potential PA programs with a similar vigor that programs assess its prospective students.