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. Our 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. This deposit will be applied to your tuition and is non-refundable.

Are scholarships offered?

The WFSM PA Program offers a number of tuition scholarships to incoming students based on a variety of factors. Applicants are considered for scholarship at the time of acceptance into the program.

What factors affect your admissions decisions?

  • GPA
  • GRE score
  • CASPer test result
  • 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 

Do I need to arrange my own rotations in  the second year?

Students are never  required to provide their own clinical rotation sites. The PA Program’s Director of Clinical Education oversees final rotation placements.
Wake Forest has  hundreds of active clinical site locations. Learners are placed at both Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist sites and extramural practices.

Wake Forest University School of Medicine PA Program students will have some  options for selecting clinical sites, especially for elective rotations. More information about the second year is presented to enrolled students during the first year of training. 

Are students responsible for their own transportation?

Yes, transportation is the responsibility of the student on both the Winston-Salem and Boone campuses for the duration of the 24-month program.

Can I work and be a PA student? 

The Wake Forest University School of Medicine PA Program maintains the following policy:  “Students must not work, substitute, or function as instructional faculty, clinical staff, or administrative staff in the Wake Forest University School of Medicine PA Program itself, or in any instructional sites, to include clinical rotation sites where a student is placed.” Due to the rigorous nature of the curriculum, outside employment is highly discouraged.

Is a background check performed for admission?

All students who enter the Wake Forest University 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.