Application Process

West Virginia University and the Division of Physician Assistant Studies are committed to the goal of equal educational opportunity for all students:  no candidate is denied admission because of race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, handicap or disability, veteran status, or national origin.  WVU enrolls a diverse student population.  While preference is given to West Virginia residents, qualified applicants from other states and countries are encouraged to apply.

To maintain the integrity of the admissions process, admissions faculty and staff are expected to excuse themselves from participation in application scoring or interviewing of candidates with whom they have a relationship outside of the PA program including but not limited to family, friends, and acquaintances of individuals they know well.

Applicants to the physician assistant program at West Virginia University must have attained a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution and completed all prerequisite courses prior to the date of matriculation.  Applications to the program are submitted through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA).  The CASPA application cycle will open April 25, 2019, and the program requires that the application is complete and verified by CASPA before it is reviewed by the program.  The deadline for applications to be completed and verified by CASPA is July 15, 2019.

Application fees paid to CASPA cannot be refunded by the program or by CASPA in the event the program does not receive provisional accreditation. 

For each admissions cycle, applicants are considered for an on-campus interview based on the relative strength of their CASPA application in meeting or exceeding the West Virginia University physician assistant studies program admission requirements as compared against the applicant pool. Applicants who meet the minimum admissions requirements are considered for an on-campus interview based on the following criteria identified within their CASPA application:

  • Cumulative Undergraduate GPA
  • Cumulative Undergraduate Science GPA
  • GRE scores (Verbal and Quantitative)

All residents of West Virginia and West Virginia University graduates meeting the minimum WVU physician assistant program admissions requirements will be offered an on-campus interview.

Questions regarding an applicant’s qualifications for an interview will be referred to the program director.  Interviews will be offered to all applicants meeting the application requirements as listed above.  Please note that applicants who are offered admission will often have academic records and experience which exceed these minimum standards.  Data regarding the characteristics of successful applicants for the class entering in January 2020 will be provided when available.

Important Dates

April 25, 2019                                CASPA cycle opens

July 15, 2019                                 Deadline for application to be completed and verified by CASPA

July- September, 2019                    On-campus interviews

September, 2019                            ARC-PA commission meeting regarding accreditation status

October 15, 2019                           Offers of acceptance mailed

January 9, 2020                             Deadline to submit post-acceptance requirements

January 13, 2020                            First day of spring semester classes