Frequently Asked Questions

How many applicants are being interviewed this year and how many will be chosen for the class?

We are interviewing approximately 225 applicants this year. The Wake Forest PA Program is accredited for up to 64 students for the Winston-Salem campus and up to 32 students for the Boone campus.

When can we expect to hear about our status regarding being chosen for the next class?

We anticipate admission decisions will be finalized by late January. You will receive a phone call and a follow-up letter of invitation if you are being invited to join our class. If you are being placed on the alternate list or rejected, you will receive a letter regarding your status via email.

When are alternates informed of their status?

We will inform you of your alternate status in early February. We will not be calling you with updated information regarding changes in the alternate list. However, you are free to call us and inquire.

Are we expected to do anything to hold our space in the class if we are invited?

You will be expected to make a $750 deposit to hold your seat within 10 business days of receiving your invitation. This money is applied to your tuition and is non-refundable.

What factors affect your Admissions decisions?

The factors we consider as we make admission decisions are:

  • GPA
  • GRE score
  • Health care experience
  • Personal statement and references
  • Interview evaluations

In addition to the above criteria, applicants will also be evaluated on a variety of non-cognitive factors, including:

  • Leadership
  • Military service
  • Volunteerism
  • Diversity of life experience
  • Success in overcoming adversity
  • Aptitude for inquiry-based learning 

Who sits on the Admissions Advisory Board?

The Admissions Advisory Board consists of Wake Forest School of Medicine Physician Assistant Studies faculty, other School of Medicine faculty, community leaders who are instrumental in recruiting and hiring Wake Forest PA graduates, and alumni of the PA Program who are also practicing physician assistants.

How do the Program's PA graduates do on the National Certifying Examination?

The most recent PANCE pass rate information is available here:  PANCE Scores 

How are the rotations for the second year chosen?

Wake's PA Program learners have some control in selecting rotation sites. Wake Forest has 1,100 active clinical site locations, 500 of which have been used over the past 3 to 4 years. The Director of Clinical Education handles rotation final selection. Most learners use both Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center sites as well as extramural sites.

For the elective rotations, learners are given a considerable amount of responsibility in selection of these sites. Some learners in the past have chosen to extend some of their core rotations to use the 4-week elective time, while some have elected to complete rotations out of state or in preparation for an employment opportunity.

Can I work and be a PA student? 

According to our policy, employment by or in the Wake Forest School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program during the period of matriculation is strictly prohibited. Due to the rigorous nature of the curriculum, employment outside of the Wake Forest School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program during the period of matriculation is highly discouraged.

Is a background check performed for admission?

All students who enter the Wake Forest School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program will be required to have a criminal background check and 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.  Acceptance into and successful completion of the Wake Forest School of Medicine PA Program does not imply or guarantee that the student will be able to obtain state licensure upon graduation. 

Quick Reference

PA Studies Admissions

Phone: 336-716-4356
Fax 336-716-4432

Mailing Address:
Wake Forest School of Medicine
Department of PA Studies
Medical Center Boulevard
Winston-Salem, NC 27157-1006

525 Vine Street, Suite 540
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

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