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Selection Process


Interviews will be conducted during the months of June-September. The interview session will include a tour of the Health Sciences Center and the opportunity to attend a group question and answer session and to interact with current students in the program. 

Final Selection Process

A total of 25 students will be admitted to each class. 

Points will be awarded on the Admission Selection Rubric and candidates will be selected based upon the following criteria:

  • Cumulative Undergraduate, Prerequisite, and Science GPA
  • GRE scores (Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing) Note: This requirement is waived for the 20-21 cycle.
  • West Virginia residency status
  • Interview score (average score of two interviewers)
  • Strength of letters of recommendation (average score of three letters)
  • Strength of CASPA statement and responses to WVU-specific questions
  • Quality and relevance of health care experience (see detail below)

Preference will be given to individuals based on previous health care experience as follows, and in order of increasing preference:

  • No hands-on patient care (shadowing a physician or physician assistant)
  • Involvement in patient care team as a scribe
  • Hands-on patient care with limited need for professional judgment (patient care aid, medical assistant, physical therapy assistant)
  • Patient care involving assessment and requiring some professional judgement (emergency medical technician (EMT), respiratory therapist, dietician)
  • Patient care with independent decision-making and/or requiring significant professional judgement (paramedic, registered nurse)

In the event of a tie in the Admission Selection Rubric score, the following criteria will be applied in the order below until there is no longer a tie at the 25th position:

  1. West Virginia residency status
  2. Score on WVU mission question
  3. Prerequisite GPA

Final decisions regarding admission will be made by the Admissions Committee.

Please note that applicants who are offered admission will often have academic records which exceed the published minimum standards.  Data regarding the characteristics of successful applicants for the class entering in January 2020 will be provided when available.

Offers of Admission

Applicants accepted to the program will receive an offer of admission through their preferred email (as identified in CASPA) with a link to the online Declaration of Acceptance form. Those wishing to accept a seat in the class will have one week to complete the online Declaration of Acceptance form. Applicants accepting the offer of admission will be sent an invoice from the WVU Graduate Admissions Office for a non-refundable deposit of $1,000, which will be due within two weeks of receipt of the invoice. The deposit will be applied towards the first semester tuition.  Failure to pay the deposit within the required time period will result in forfeiture of the seat.     

An offer of admission may be revoked if an applicant’s application materials are found to be falsified.  An enrolled student may be dismissed from the program if the student’s application materials are found to be falsified, consistent with applicable policies or procedures as contained in the WVU Graduate/Professional Catalog section on Academic and Professional Standards.

Post-Acceptance Requirements

The physician assistant studies program at West Virginia University begins in the spring term (January).  Students accepting a seat in the program must submit proof of compliance with all post-acceptance requirements to the appropriate office (as instructed in the acceptance letter) by no later than the first day of orientation (January 7, 2021).  Students failing to meet these requirements may not be permitted to matriculate into the program.

Students completing a Bachelor’s degree or prerequisite course requirements in the fall semester preceding matriculation will be required to submit an unofficial transcript documenting degree conferral or prerequisite course completion by no later than the first day of orientation (January 7, 2021).  The official transcript documenting degree and/or course completion is still required and must be received no later than the last day of class for the spring semester (April 30, 2021).  Failure to complete this requirement will result in dismissal from the program.

In the event that a student is offered admission to the program after December 1st, the deadlines for submission of post-acceptance requirements will be stated in the acceptance letter and will supersede the deadlines provided above.  

Post-acceptance requirements include:

  • Official transcript verifying bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. institution with cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Official transcript verifying completion of all prerequisite courses within the 10 years prior to matriculation at a regionally accredited U.S. 2-or 4-year college or university with a grade of ‘C’ or higher and prerequisite GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Health screening form
  • Proof of health insurance
  • Proof of immunizations and titers
  • Background check and drug screening
  • Technical standards attestation

Health Sciences & Technology Academy (HSTA) Scholars

One HSTA tuition waiver will be offered by the physician assistant studies program if a HSTA scholar is selected for admission to the program through the published admission selection process.  In the event that more than one HSTA scholar is accepted for admission, the applicant with the strongest academic credentials (average of cumulative undergraduate GPA and prerequisite GPA) will be awarded the tuition waiver.