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Duke University PA Program is a participant in CASPA (Centralized Application Service for PAs). To apply to our program, you must complete a CASPA application and a Duke supplemental application. The CASPA application will be available April 27. The deadline for the CASPA application is Oct. 1, 2016, and the Duke supplemental application deadline is Nov. 1, 2016, for the class entering in August 2017. Once the CASPA application has been received by the Duke University PA Program, the candidate will be e-mailed instructions on how to complete the supplemental application.

Priority in application review and invitation for interview will be given to those applicants who have completed their CASPA, the supplemental application and had official GRE scores reported by August 15, 2016.

As the population of the U.S. becomes increasingly diverse, cultural diversity within the physician assistant profession is critical. The PA Program is committed to recruiting and matriculating a wide range of students including but not limited to those who are underrepresented in the PA profession because PAs interact with patients, families and communities from diverse backgrounds. We strive to create an educational environment conducive to collaborative learning through shared experiences and skills from each member of the class.  The heterogeneity of the class provides a valuable platform for introducing students to the complex and diverse nature of health care. Applicants are reviewed holistically for their unique experiences, leadership potential and commitment to education.

The Duke PA Program is a mission driven program that recruits caring individuals who are dedicated to providing competent health care.  We value applicants who demonstrate a heart for service and a commitment to increasing access to health care.

Applicants who have served their communities or their countries through volunteer activities, military service, employment opportunities or service oriented programs greatly enhance the cultural perspective of the class. The PA Program is committed to attracting students from geographically underserved regions such as Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) in North Carolina, as well as students from different racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. The PA program also values diversity in other forms, such as age, gender, gender identity, disability and years of experience in the health care field.

Duke’s Physician Assistant Program is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The ARC-PA is sponsored by the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Physician Assistants, the American College of Physicians, the American College of Physicians, the American College of Surgeons, the American Medical Association, and the Association of Physician Assistant Programs.

Admission to the Duke PA Program is very competitive. The following information describing recent candidates will allow prospective applicants to realistically assess their chances of admission, and to plan accordingly. For the PA class entering in 2015, 1889 CASPA applications were received. Two hundred and forty applicants were interviewed. Ninety applicants accepted the offer of admission for the Fall 2015 entering class. PA class size is typically 88 students per year.

The ranges of academic and experiential qualifications for the middle 50 percent of accepted applicants for Fall 2015 were as follows:

  • Overall GPA: 3.4 – 3.8
  • Natural science GPA: 3.3 – 3.8
  • Total natural science hours: 49 – 76
  • GRE General Test scores:
    • Verbal: 155 – 161
    • Quantitative: 153 – 158
    • Analytical Writing: 4.0 – 4.5
  • Months of full-time patient care experience: 16 – 43

Although this represents the range of qualifications among accepted candidates, each application is evaluated on its individual merits. Evidence of academic potential, knowledge of the health care system, motivation, personal maturity, self-assurance and good interpersonal skills will weigh strongly in the admission decision.

Applicants to the Duke PA Program should be aware that all courses within the curriculum are required, no transfer credit is accepted, and no credit is granted for pre-admission experiential learning. Only full-time students are admitted to the curriculum. It is very difficult to maintain even part-time employment while enrolled in the PA Program. Students must comply with the program’s academic schedule and are prohibited from working more than twenty hours per week. Most PA students are NOT employed while enrolled in the PA Program.

Duke PANCE Pass Rate Summary Report 2015

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