Frequently Asked Questions
How many applicants are being interviewed this year, and
how many will be chosen for the class?
interviewing approximately 250 applicants this year. The Wake Forest PA Program
average class is 88 students (64 students in Winston-Salem and 24 in Boone)
When can I expect to hear about the status of my
We expect to
finalize admission decisions in February. Accepted applicants will receive a
phone call and a follow-up letter of invitation. Applicants placed on the
alternate list or rejected will be notified by email .
When are alternates informed of their status?
We will inform
alternates of their status as soon as possible. We do not call applicants with
updated information regarding changes in the alternate list.
If I am accepted, is a deposit required?
You must submit
a $1,000 deposit to hold your seat within one week of your acceptance deadline. This deposit will be applied to your tuition and is non-refundable.
What factors affect your admissions decisions?
- GRE score
statement and references
of life experience
- Success in
for inquiry-based learning
How do the Program's PA graduates do on the national certifying examination?
The most recent
PANCE pass rate information is available here: PANCE
How are the rotations for the second year chosen?
Wake PA Program
students 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 Directors of Clinical Education handle final rotation selection. All
learners use both Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center sites and extramural
rotations, students are given considerable responsibility in selection of these
sites. In the past, some students have chosen to extend some 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?
our policy, employment by or in the Wake Forest School of Medicine PA 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 PA Program during the period of matriculation is highly
Is a background check performed for admission?
All students who enter the Wake Forest School of
Medicine PA 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, health assessment, or 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.
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