Below is a list of top 10 PA programs in the country according to U.S News. Program requirement for admissions are listed below. Check each program website for complete and updated information

#1 DUKE University

DUMC 104780, Durham, NC 27710, 919.681.3155, paadmission@mc.duke.edu
website
  • Prerequisites (always check official websites for updates and full details, a grade of C or higher is required)
  • Undergraduate degree (any field)
  • Coursework (3 semester hours = 4 quarter hours)
    • Anatomy = 3 (or combined A&P for 6)
    • physiology = 3
    • Microbiology =3
    • 2 biology courses = 6
    • recommend (but not required)genetics, cell bio, molecular bio, embryology, histology, immunology
    • Chemistry I and II with lab – 8 hours (10 quarter)
    • Statistics = 2 (3 quarter)
  • GRE from 2012 or later
    • report from ETS to CAPSA = 0422
  • Experience = minimum of 1,000 hours of direct patient care
    • will not accept shadow, non-clinical researcher, student experience…
    • check website for complete list
  • 50th percentile accepted applicant
    • GPA 3.5 to 3.8 (science 3.4 to 3.8)
    • GRE verbal = 156-162, Quantitative 153 -159, writing 4 to 4.5
  • Application deadline = October 1st for August start date
  • Cost = 39,634 per year just for tuition
  • Length = 24 months

#2 University of Iowa

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Class size 25, avg age 25
  • Avg GPA = 3.69 (3.67 science)
  • AVG GRE = 157v, 157q, 4.1w
  • Minimum Clinical Hours: 1,000 (avg 2193 & 567 research)
  • Prerequisites
    • BIO courses
      • intro bio
      • Physiology
    • +3 upper level courses in biology or zoology
      • examples: cell bio, genetics, immunology, micro, molecular, anatomy, embryology, endo, histology, near, pharm
    • Chem
      • gen chem I &II
      • O chem 1
      • Biochem
    • General or biostatistics
  • Tuition Cost:
  • 3 letters of recommendation (1 from academic and 1 from health supervisor)
  • Program Duration: 28 months
  • Application Deadline: Nov 1st (starts in April)
  • Start date: August

#3 Emory

  • undergrad degree
  • size 54, avg age 28
  • GPA 3.55
  • GRE = 155v, 153q, 4.0w
  • Clinical hours = 2000 min
  • pre-req’s = statistics, bio + lab, Chem I + II + lab, A&P I +II + lab, O chem or biochem
  • Tuition = 56,943 per year
  • Module based learning
  • duration 29 months

#4 George Washington

  • Application deadline: October 1, enrollment summer term
  • undergard degree
  • 24 months
  • 3.0 GPA
  • Prereq’s (B- or higher
    • A&P
    • Chem I & II
    • Psychology
    • Statistics
  • GRE (code 5246)
  • 1000 hours of experience
  • Statement of purpose
  • Tuition = 86,873

#5 Oregon Health and Sciences University  (tied for 5)

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Class size 42   , avg age 27/28
  • Avg GPA: 3.48
  • AVG GRE: ?
  • Minimum Clinical Hours: 2000 hours (avg 4000)
  • Prerequisites
    • Minimum of 30 hours of science credits
      • must be biology, chem, physics
      • Plant, marine, environmental, exercise science/kinesiology, nutrition NOT COUNTED
      • A&P I and II with lab
      • Micro with lab
      • Bio: 3 or 4 credits (lab recommended)
        •      gen bio, cell, molecular, genetics acceptable
      • Chemistry: 8 credits (10 quarter) – labs recommended
        •      gen chem, o chem, biochem, inorganic chem
      • Psychology (3 credits) – general, human development, intro
      • Statistics (3) (not business stats)
    • Recommend 300-400 level courses: genetics, biochem, pharm, pathophysiology, immunology
  • Tuition Cost: 83,187 (overall cost)
  • Program Duration: 9 quarters, 26 months
  • Application Deadline: September 1st
  • Start date: June

#6 Quinnipiac University

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Class size 54    , avg Age
  • Avg GPA  (min 3.2)
  • AVG GRE: Not required
  • Minimum Clinical Hours: 250
  • Prerequisites
    • 4 courses in bio: including micro w/lab, 2 A&P with lab
    • 3 courses in chem with labs; including 1 in O chem or biochem
    • 1 couse in pre-calc, clac or statistics
  • Tuition Cost: $95,000
  • Program Duration: 27 months
  • Application Deadline: sept 1st
  • Start date: May/early June

#7 University of Colorado  (tied for 5)

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • CHA/PA Program  – focus on pediatric and underserved population
  • Class size 44, avg age 25
  • Avg GPA  3.73 (min 3.0)
  • AVG GRE: 69%v, 61%Q
  • Minimum Clinical Hours:
  • Prerequisites
    • Chem 8 hours (10-12 quarter) – must be completed prior to application
      • gen chem or higher with at least 1 lab
    • Biology: 14 hours (20q) – must be completed prior to application
      • 6 must be upper divisin
      • 1 A&P
      • recommended – biochem, cell bio, immunology, microbiology
    • General Genetics = 3 (does not fulfill bio requirement)
    • Psychology = 6 hours (8-9q)
    • Statistics = 3 hours (4q)
  • Tuition Cost: resident 47124, non-resident 102,036, or 70k if lived in CO for 1 yr
  • Program Duration: 36 months
  • Application Deadline: rolling
  • Start date: Summer semester

#8 University of Utah  (tied for 5)

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Class size    , avg age
  • Avg GPA 3.3 (min 3.0)
  • AVG GRE: Not required
  • Minimum Clinical Hours:  2000 (avg = 4000)
  • Prerequisites
    • A&P = 4 hours of each (A&P I and II – lab required)
    • Bio = 4 hours (micro is recommend but can gen bio, cell, genetics)
    • Chem: 8 hours (can be gen, organic, inorganic, biochem)
    • Recommended but not required: stats, micro, gnetics
  • Tuition Cost per semester: 9629 resident, 17827 out of state
  • Program Duration: 27 months
  • Application Deadline: August 1st, supplemental Sep 1st
  • Start date:

#9 University of Nebraska Medical Center

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Class size  58  , avg age 22
  • Avg GPA 3.8 (3.71 science)
  • AVG GRE 154v, 155q, 4.0w
  • Minimum Clinical Hours: n/a
  • Prerequisites (50 hours required)
  • Bio (16 h total )
    • Required: bio w/lab, A&P I and II, Micro w lab
    • Recommended: Immunology, genetics
  • Chem (16 h)
    • general chem with lab 8h
    • O chem with lab 4h
    • Biochem 4
  • Psychology (9h)
    • general psych 3
    • abnormal psych 3
    • life/developmental 3
  • Mathematics 3 (statistic encouraged)
  • English 6
    • comp 3
    • writing or another comp = 3
  • Tuition Cost (not including books, fees, living expenses which are estimated to be about 25k to 32k per year)
    • year 1 = 16,820 (48,120 non-resident)
    • year 2 = 13,160 (37,660)
    • year 3 = 6580 (18,830)
  • Program Duration: 28 months
  • Application Deadline: Sept 1
  • Start date:

#10 Wake Forest University (tied for 9)

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • Class size  88 (2 campuses)  , avg age
  • Avg GPA = 3.58
  • AVG GRE = ?
  • Minimum Clinical Hours: 1,000 (shadow does not count but is encouraged)
  • Prerequisites
    • Genetics (molecular based) = 1 course
    • Gen Chem = one semester
    • Biochem = on semester
    • A&P = I + II
    • Micro = one semester (w/lab preferred)
    • Statistics = 1 semester
    • Medical terminology = one course
  • Tuition Cost: $83,400, estimated total cost including lodging, food, ect = $144,716
  • 3 letters of reference – one from healthcare provider
  • Program Duration: 24 months
  • Application Deadline: Sept 1 (start in April)
  • Start date: JUNE (graduation in May)