Frequently Asked Questions
PA Program Frequently Asked Questions
How many applicants are being interviewed this year and how many will be chosen for the class?
We are interviewing approximately 200 applicants this year and will be choosing 64 students for the Winston-Salem campus and 24 students for the Boone, NC 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-February. 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.
How many alternates are being chosen and when are alternates told that they are invited?
We will inform you of your alternate status in early-March. We will not be calling you with updated information regarding changes in the alternate list. However, you are free to call us and inquire. We have invited people to join the class as late as one week into the program in the past.
Are we expected to do anything to hold our space in the class if we are invited?
You will be expected to make a $500 deposit to hold your seat within 10 days of receiving your invitation. This money is applied to your tuition and is non-refundable.
How many residents from North Carolina are invited to attend?
Wake Forest University is a private institution, and we therefore have no quota of North Carolina residents affecting our admission decisions.
What factors affect your Admissions decisions?
The factors we consider as we make admission decisions are:
- GRE Score
- Clinical experience
- Personal statement and references
- Interview score (both group and individual)
In addition to the above criteria, applicants will also be evaluated on a variety of non-cognitive factors including:
- Military service
- Diversity of life experience
- Success in overcoming adversity
- Aptitude for problem-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?
Last year, the Wake Forest School of Medicine PA Program had a 90% pass rate for first-time takers, with a three-year average of 94%. The national three-year average for first-time takers was 93%. For more details on prior years: 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 last 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.