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Frequently Asked Questions

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

We are 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 application?

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?

  • GPA
  • GRE score
  • Health care experience
  • Personal statement and references
  • Interview evaluations
  • Leadership
  • Military service
  • Volunteerism
  • Diversity of life experience
  • Success in overcoming adversity
  • Aptitude 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 Scores

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 sites.

For elective 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? 

According to 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 discouraged.

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.

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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