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Duke University: Physician Assistant

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Program: 24 months, admits 88 students, and starts in August. 96% PANCE Five Year First Time Taker Average Pass Rate

Application: Early deadline is August 15th and CASPA Deadline is October 1st - program admits students on a rolling basis.

In-State and Out-of-State Tuition (total): $116,571. This does not include additional costs/fees, which can range from $5,000 to over $12,000.

Admission Info:

  • Average GPA: 3.5-3.8
  • Natural Science GPA: 3.5-3.9
  • Average GRE Scores: Quantitative - 153-158; Verbal - 155-161; Analytical - 4.0-4.5
  • Health care experience: Minimum of 1,000 hours
  • Three letters of recommendation: at least one must be from a healthcare professional who can speak to your patient care qualifications


All prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of Fall Semester. All prerequisite courses must be completed with grades of “C” or better (not C minus). Courses for which credit was awarded by examination only are not acceptable toward any of the prerequisite courses.

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology - labs are preferred but not required: 6 semester hours (UNCW: BIO/L 240 and BIO/L 241)
  • Microbiology: 3 semester hours (UNCW: BIO/L 246 or BIO/L 425)
  • Two Biology courses of choice (program recommends genetics, cell biology, molecular biology, embryology, histology, or immunology): 6 semester hours (UNCW: BIO/L 335, BIO/L 201, BIO/L 325, BIO 316, histology, or BIO 320)
  • Chemistry course of choice with lab: 4 semester hours (UNCW: CHM 101)
  • Second Chemistry course of choice with lab: 4 semester hours (UNCW: CHM 102)
  • Statistics: 2 semester hours (UNCW: STT 210 or STT 215)

UNCW course recommendations: Student must verify the correct coursework needed for each program.