In addition to reviewing the information in this section, please read the policies at the bottom of this page and the PA Program Technical Standards (pdf). Please reference the How to Apply page for more information.
If you have questions regarding admission to the Wake Forest University School of Medicine PA Program, please email the program at email@example.com
Acceptance into and successful completion of the Wake Forest University School of Medicine PA Program does not imply or guarantee that the student will be able to obtain state licensure upon graduation.
Applicants for admission to the PA Program must satisfy criteria in the following areas:
- US citizenship/residency
- Educational requirements (degree and course)
- Letters of reference
- GRE – general test
- Casper – situational judgment test
- Health care experience
- Non-cognitive factors
- Military service documentation, if applicable
- Background check and health assessment
- Technical standards
The WFSM PA Program accepts applications from U.S. citizens and permanent residents.
Applicants must have obtained a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution or an equivalent institution as determined by the school of medicine. A bachelor's degree is a minimum requirement. Therefore, a master’s or doctoral degree will meet this requirement. The bachelor's degree requirement must be complete by December 31, 2023.
Applicants educated outside the U.S. or Canada must utilize a transcript evaluation service to document academic equivalency. The academic record must show credits and grades equivalent to those given by U.S. institutions of higher learning.
Prerequisite courses must be completed in the United States or Canada from an accredited institution or an equivalent institution as determined by the school of medicine.
Applicants must complete the following prerequisite courses:
- Genetics: one semester (a minimum of three semester hours or four quarter hours) of a molecular-based genetics course. A social-based genetics course will not meet this requirement.
- General Chemistry: one semester (a minimum of three semester hours or four quarter hours). One semester of Organic Chemistry will also fulfill this requirement.
- Biochemistry: one semester (a minimum of three semester hours or four quarter hours). A survey or combined course will not meet this requirement.
- Human Anatomy and Human Physiology: one full academic year (a minimum of six semester hours or eight quarter hours). This requirement may be met by taking either one semester of Human Anatomy and one semester of Human Physiology, or two semesters of Human Anatomy and Human Physiology combined.
- Microbiology: one semester (a minimum of three semester hours or four quarter hours).
- Statistics: one semester (a minimum of three semester hours or four quarter hours).
- Medical Terminology: one course in medical terminology. Before enrolling in an online course that does not result in a course grade on a college transcript, please contact the Wake Forest University School of Medicine PA Program admissions office.
All prerequisite courses must be completed by December 31, 2023 for those who would enroll in the program in 2024.
Prerequisite courses must be completed with grades of “C” or above. A grade of “C-“ will not be accepted.
We strongly recommend that applicants repeat any prerequisite course that was completed before 2018. We also recommend that prerequisite courses be completed with a lab, if applicable.
Computer literacy is encouraged, including knowledge of email, word processing, and internet navigation.
Due to COVID-19, we will consider pass/fail grades for prerequisite courses taken during the spring and summer 2020 terms on a case by case basis. We strongly recommend a graded option, especially for prerequisite courses.
During the fall 2020 term, a graded course is necessary in order to fulfill prerequisite requirements. If your institution did not offer a graded prerequisite course option for fall 2020, pass/fail grades may be considered on a case by case basis with required official documentation.
Letters of Reference
The PA Program requires at least three letters of reference that must be submitted through the CASPA application. One reference must be from a health care professional.
GRE test scores
Applicants must take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test within five years of the application deadline. (For example, those applying in 2023 for entry in 2024 must have completed the GRE no earlier than October 1, 2018.)
GRE scores MUST be submitted through CASPA using the Wake Forest University School of Medicine PA Program code 5923.
Applicants who have completed a graduate-level degree in a health-related field in the past 10 years and cannot obtain GRE scores may submit GRE scores from the institution granting their graduate-level degree.
All applicants applying to the Wake Forest University School of Medicine PA Program are required to complete the Casper test administered by Acuity Insights Assessments for the 2023-2024 admissions cycle. Casper is a 90–110-minute online evaluation which assesses for non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics that we believe are important for successful students and graduates of our program. Duet is not required to apply to our program.
To complete the Casper test visit AcuityInsights.app to create an account and register to complete the Casper test. Applicants during the 2023-2024 admission cycle must take the Casper test no later than September 28, 2023, AND add Wake Forest University School of Medicine PA Program to their Casper score distribution list by October 11, 2023. Casper test must be taken during the current application year; all 2023 test dates for the PA Program are available at the Casper website.
The Casper test fee is $60 which includes distribution to one program. A $16 fee per additional distribution will apply. Acuity Insights will waive Casper test fees for individuals who are eligible for the CASPA Fee Waiver Program. To receive a Casper fee waiver, candidates must contact Acuity Insights Assessment (firstname.lastname@example.org) with proof of eligibility from the CASPA Fee Waiver Program PRIOR to registering for their Casper test date. Questions regarding Casper test fee waivers should be directed to email@example.com.
Pre-Admission Healthcare Experience
Healthcare experience involves direct interaction with patients. The Wake Forest University School of Medicine PA Program requires a minimum of 1,000 hours of healthcare employment or other direct patient contact experience. Applicants during the 2023-2024 admission cycle must have completed these hours by October 1, 2023.
To be most competitive, applicants should have experience in the following situations:
- Patient contact experience in a position that requires a period of training and results in direct (hands-on) patient care
- Evidence of community service in a health care setting (e.g., healthcare for underserved populations, medical mission work)
Applicants accepted in previous admission cycles had patient contact experience ranging from 1,044 hours to 33,604 hours
We encourage applicants to “shadow” PAs in order to become informed about the profession, although shadowing does not count toward the required patient contact experience hours.
We recognize the importance educational benefits that result from diversity in our student body. Applicants to the PA Program will be assessed holistically, and in keeping with the Wake Forest University School of Medicine mission statement, we seek to enroll candidates based on demonstration of the following noncognitive factors:
- Diversity of Life Experience (including first-generation college students, active-duty military or veterans, and those who are economically disadvantaged)
- Success in Overcoming Adversity
- Aptitude for inquiry-based learning
These noncognitive factors will be assessed by the Wake Forest University School of Medicine PA program through a holistic review that includes applicant’s supplemental application, GPA, standardized test scores, clinical experience, personal statement, references, and interview score (both group and individual).
Applicants who have separated from military service are required to upload an official copy of their DD214 form with their Supplemental Application.