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East Carolina University: Physician Assistant

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Program: 27 months (99 credit hours), admits 35 students, and starts in August. 100% PANCE Five Year First Time Taker Average Pass Rate.

Application: Deadline is September 1st - program admits students on a rolling basis.

In-State Tuition (total): $36,572. This does not include additional costs/fees, which can range from $5,000 to over $12,000.

Admission Info:

  • Average GPA: 3.7
  • Science GPA: 3.66
  • Prerequisite GPA: 3.76
  • Average GRE Scores: Quantitative and Verbal - 308; Analytical - 4.4
  • Health care experience: Minimum of 1,000 hours
  • Three letters of recommendation: Preference is given to letters from medical professionals, supervisors, and professors.


Prerequisite courses must be completed by September 1 in order to be considered for an early interview. However, applications may have one pending prerequisite course as long as it is completed and reported to CASPA and the program by December 31. We prefer that all prerequisite courses are taken within the last 5 years; however, this is not a requirement. If your courses are older than that, know that we recommend refreshing them. We encourage students to have taken anatomy and physiology within 2 years of the program application date; however, this is not a requirement. We do not accept online lab courses. We do not accept Comparative, Animal or Mammalian Anatomy and Physiology courses. Courses can be taken at any regionally accredited institution, including community colleges. We prefer that all prerequisite courses be taken at a 4-year institution. Students taking prerequisite courses at community colleges may be at a significant disadvantage during the didactic year. All courses must be assigned letter grade. Advanced Placement (AP) credit is accepted for Psychology and Statistics courses. If AP credit was granted, no letter grade is necessary. Statistics in social sciences are now accepted. Waivers will only be given if you have been a course instructor for the course requesting a waiver. Applicants must have at least a 3.0 GPA in their prerequisite coursework to be considered for the program. A grade of B or higher in each course is recommended. We do not accept more than 2 Cs in prerequisite courses.

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology - Lecture and Lab - 8 credits (UNCW: BIO/L 240 and BIO/L 241)
  • Genetics - 3 credits (UNCW: BIO/L 335)
  • General Chemistry or higher - Lecture and Lab - 8 credits (UNCW: CHM/L 101 and CHM/L 102)
  • Microbiology - 3 credits (UNCW: BIO/L 246 or BIO/L 425)
  • Introductory Psychology or higher - 3 credits (UNCW: PSY 105)
  • Statistics - 3 credits (UNCW: STT 210 or STT 215)

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