How to Apply

Prospective applicants should review the following information carefully to learn about the application process and open house sessions.  Also read the section on admission requirements.

Before contacting the Wake Forest School of Medicine (WFSM) PA Program with questions, please also read the frequently asked questions below to see if your questions have been answered.

Important Admission Dates for WFSM PA Program Class of 2024

  • CASPA application deadline: September 1, 2021. Early submission is highly encouraged. If you are using the Professional Transcript Entry (PTE) service through CASPA, the last date you can approve your PTE is September 1, 2021.
  • GRE submission and supplemental application deadline: October 1, 2021
  • Deadline to complete 1,000 hours of pre-admission healthcare experience: October 1, 2021
  • CASPer score distribution deadline date: October 6, 2021
  • Interviews: Fall 2021
  • Deadline to complete the course prerequisite requirements: December 31, 2021
  • Deadline to complete bachelor's degree requirement: December 31, 2021

Submitting an Application

The WFSM PA Program participates in the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) and subscribes to the CASPA Admissions Code of Cooperation. To be considered for admission to the WFSM PA Program, applicants must submit both a completed application through CASPA and a supplemental application to the WFSM PA Program. If you are applying for admission to the Class of 2024 (entering May of 2022), your supplemental application will be sent after your verified CASPA application has been received.

Required Documents

All of the following must be submitted for the CASPA application to be considered complete:

  • CASPA application
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores
  • All transcripts 
  • Three reference letters
  • Completed payment 

Supplemental Application

When the CASPA application is complete and verified, applicants will receive instructions by email for completing the WFSM PA Program supplemental application. There is a $100 supplemental application fee. 

The supplemental application fee may be waived for certain individuals with extenuating circumstances who are eligible for the CASPA fee waiver. Veterans and active duty U.S. military personnel are also eligible for the supplemental application fee waiver. In the payment section, simply select the option for fee waiver. Please note that military service by a spouse, significant other, or family member does not qualify for a fee waiver. 

CASPer Test Results

Applicants during the 2021-2022 admission cycle must add WFSM PA Program to their CASPer score distribution list by October 6, 2021.. CASPer tests must be taken during the current application year; all 2021 test dates for WFSM PA Program are available at the CASPer website

The CASPer test costs $40 to complete and $12 to have the results distributed to each school of your choice. A limited number of CASPer fee waivers may be available to certain individuals with extenuating circumstances who are also eligible for the CASPA fee waiver. Candidates must contact the WFSM PA Program admissions office (paadmit@wakehealth.edu) to request a CASPer fee waiver PRIOR to registering for their test date.

Interview Process

The Wake Forest School of Medicine PA Program interviews in a rolling admission style. Due to limited interview spots, early CASPA and supplemental application submissions will be prioritized for interviews. Highly qualified applicants will be interviewed in the fall of 2021.

During interview day, candidates will have the opportunity to speak with faculty, staff and current PA students, interview with faculty, as well as participate in a mock IBL session. All interviews for the 2021-2022 admissions cycle will be conducted virtually. At the discretion of the WFSM PA Program admissions office, applicants serving abroad with fixed duty commitments (military, Peace Corps, etc.) may be permitted to interview after the scheduled fall 2021 sessions.

Application Review, Processing and Acceptance

  • Admitted applicants must submit a $1,000 deposit to hold their seat in the class. This deposit is applied to tuition and is non-refundable.
  • All requirements for the WFSM PA Program must be completed and verified prior to matriculation.