Selection Process


Interviews will be conducted during the months of July-September, and will include a tour of the Health Sciences Center and the opportunity to attend a group question and answer session.  

Final Selection Process

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

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

  • Cumulative, Prerequisite, and Science GPA
  • GRE scores (Verbal, Quantitative, and Analytical Writing)
  • West Virginia residency status
  • Interview score (average score of two interviewers)
  • Strength of CASPA statement and responses to WVU-specific questions
  • Strength of letters of recommendation (average score of three letters)
  • 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/scribe) or patient care limited to phlebotomy
  • Hands-on patient care with limited need for professional judgment (patient care aid, medical assistant)
  • Patient care involving assessment and requiring some professional judgement (EMT, respiratory therapist, occupational or physical therapist)
  • Patient care with independent decision-making and/or requiring significant professional judgement (military medic, paramedic, RN)

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

Offers of Admission

The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) will decide on the program’s accreditation status in September of 2019.  If provisional accreditation is granted, offers of admission will be made in early October.  Accepted applicants will receive an offer of admission through email and regular mail.  Those wishing to accept a seat in the class will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit of $1,000 within two weeks of the date of email notification.  This deposit will be applied towards the first semester tuition for those matriculating in the program.  Failure to pay the deposit within the required time frame 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 under Academic and Professional Standards.

In the event that the program does not receive provisional accreditation, any deposits paid will be refunded. 

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 9, 2020).  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 January 9, 2020.  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 (May 1, 2020).  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