The Wake Forest
PA Program accepts applications from U.S. citizens and permanent residents as
long as the undergraduate, prerequisite course work has been done in the United
States or Canada and the GRE has been or will be taken. Applicants
educated outside the U.S. and Canada must utilize a transcript evaluation
service to document their training. The academic record must show credits and
grades equivalent to those given by U.S. institutions of higher
learning. In addition, the applicant must receive a degree from an
institution in the United States or Canada, complete all prerequisite
coursework at an institution in the United States or Canada, and meet all
other requirements for admission.
required to attend the PA Program full time. All courses within the curriculum
are required, no transfer credit is accepted, no credit is granted for
pre-admission experiential learning, and no advanced placement is awarded.
Advanced placement is defined as a waiver of required coursework within the PA
curriculum for applicants to the program and/or a waiver of required coursework
within the PA curriculum for currently enrolled students in the program which
results in the student advancing in the curriculum without completing required
obtain a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution or an
equivalent institution as determined by the Wake Forest School of Medicine
(WFSM) prior to matriculation into the program. A baccalaureate degree is a
minimum requirement. Therefore, a masters or doctorate level
degree awarded in lieu of a baccalaureate degree will meet this
All of the following
prerequisite courses must be completed with grades of “C” or above. A “C-“ will
not be accepted. All prerequisite courses should be completed by the end
of the Fall Semester in which application is made. Please note: Beginning with the 2017-2018 application cycle,
all prerequisite courses MUST be completed by the end of the Fall Semester in
which the application is made.
- Genetics: one semester (a minimum of three
semester hours or four quarter hours) of a molecular-based genetics
course. A social-based genetics course will not meet this requirement.
- General Chemistry: one
semester (a minimum of three semester hours or four quarter
hours). One semester of Organic Chemistry will also fulfill this
- Biochemistry: one
semester (a minimum of three semester hours or four quarter hours). A survey
or combined course will not meet this requirement.
- Anatomy & Physiology: one full
academic year (a minimum of six semester hours or eight quarter
hours). This requirement may be met by taking either one semester of
Anatomy and one semester of Physiology, or two semesters of Anatomy and
- Microbiology: one
semester (a minimum of three semester hours or four quarter hours) with
- Statistics: one
semester (a minimum of two semester hours or three quarter hours).
- Medical Terminology: one
course in medical terminology. Before enrolling in an online course
that does not result in a course grade on a college transcript,
please contact our Admissions Office for approval.
literacy is strongly encouraged, including knowledge of email, word processing,
and Internet navigation.
Letters of reference
WFSM PA Program
requests three letters of reference. One reference should be from a health care
professional. Additional references received by the WFSM PA Program admissions
office are placed in the applicant's file.
of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) - General Test taken within the past five
years are required. GRE scores MUST
be submitted through CASPA using the WFSM PA Program code 5923.
Healthcare experience that includes interaction with patients (patient contact, not necessarily hands-on) is required. The following criteria make an applicant most
- A minimum of 1,000 hours of healthcare
employment or patient contact experience completed prior to matriculation
- Patient contact experience that requires
a period of training and results in direct (hands-on) patient care
- Evidence of community service in a health
care setting (eg, healthcare for underserved populations, medical mission
Applicants accepted in the last admission
cycle had patient contact experience ranging from 1,000 hours to
25,000 hours. In addition, we encourage applicants to “shadow” a PA to
become informed of the role of the PA, although shadowing does not count as patient
In addition to
the above criteria, applicants will also be assessed on the following non-cognitive
- Military service
- Diversity of life experience
- Success in overcoming adversity
- Aptitude for inquiry-based
and health assessment policy
who enter the WFSM PA Program will be required to have a criminal background
check and a health assessment completed prior to matriculation. The offer of
admission is conditional upon results of the background check and health
assessment, to include a drug screen. During enrollment, repeat background
checks, health and drug screens may be required. If a prospective
student declines to undergo the background check or health
assessment, including a drug screen, or if findings of a grievous nature are
revealed, the offer of admission will be revoked. If a student declines to
undergo a background check, health assessment, or drug screen while enrolled in
the program or if findings of a grievous nature are revealed, this will be
grounds for dismissal from the program.
A copy of the
Background Check will be given to the student during Orientation. Other copies
will be distributed on a need to know basis for educational purposes (such as
to clinical education sites).
and successful completion of the WFSM PA Program does not imply or guarantee
that the student will be able to obtain state licensure upon graduation.
or in the WFSM PA Program during the period of matriculation is strictly
prohibited. Due to the rigorous nature of the curriculum, employment outside of
the WFSM PA Program during the period of matriculation is highly discouraged. Students
must not work, substitute, or function as instructional faculty in the PA
A candidate for the MMS degree must satisfy the technical standards. Technological compensation can be made for
some disabilities in certain areas, but a candidate should be able to perform
in a reasonably independent manner.