Physician Assistant

Graduate Program Prerequisites

  • Average GPA ranges from 3.44 (Methodist) to 3.7 (ECU and Elon).
  • All programs are 24-27 months. Credit hours range from 91 (Wake Forest) to 131 (Methodist).
  • Average GRE scores (Quantitative and Verbal) range from 305 (Methodist) to 311 (Duke).
  • Although programs list minimum health care experience hours, average number of hours range from 3,700 (Methodist) to 5,930 (Campbell).
  • Total In-State Tuition ranges from $33,360 (Wingate) to $116,571 (Duke). Most programs are roughly $80,000-87,000.
  • Physician assistant programs across the U.S. usually take 24-30 months to complete. Applicants typically apply to 8 programs and have an average of a 3.5 GPA and 4,837 hours of heath care experience ( PAEA Report).
  • The median annual wage was $101,480 in 2016. Employment is projected to grow 30% from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations ( BLS).

Prerequisite Courses:

Programs require some/all of the following courses. Student must verify the correct coursework needed for each program.

  • BIO/L 201 - Principles of Biology: Cells
  • BIO/L 202 - Principles of Biology: Biodiversity
  • BIO/L 240 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIO/L 241 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • BIO/L 246 or BIO/L 425 - Microbiology
  • BIO/L 335 - Genetics
  • BIO/L 465 - Biochemistry
  • CHM/L 101 - General Chemistry I
  • CHM/L 102 - General Chemistry I
  • CHM/L 211 - Organic Chemistry I
  • STT 210 or STT 215 - Statistics
  • PSY 105 - Introduction to Psychology
  • ATR 470 - Medical Terminology
School GPA Average PANCE Five Year First Time Taker Average Pass Rate
Campbell University 3.5 94%
Duke University Medical Center 3.5-3.8 96%
East Carolina University 3.7 100%
Elon University 3.7 97%
Gardner Webb University (provisionally accredited) GPA Info Not Listed 91%
High Point University (provisionally accredited) GPA Info Not Listed New Program
Lenoir-Rhyne University (provisionally accredited) GPA Info Not Listed New Program
Methodist University 3.44 98%
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (provisionally accredited) GPA Info Not Listed New Program
Wake Forest University GPA Info Not Listed 97%
Wingate University GPA Info Not Listed 96%