Programs are accredited by ARC-PA. “Accreditation-Continuing” is the term used to describe accreditation that is granted when an established program is in compliance with the Standards of Accreditation. "Accreditation-Provisional" is an accreditation status granted for a limited, defined period of time to a new program that has demonstrated its preparedness to initiate a program in accordance with the Standards. "Accreditation-Probation" is a temporary status of accreditation assigned when a program does not meet the Standards and when the capability of the program to provide an acceptable educational experience for its students is threatened. The maximum period of probation is two years. “Accreditation-Administrative Probation” is a temporary status granted when a program has not complied with an administrative requirement, such as failure to pay fees or submit required reports. Once placed on Administrative Probation, a program that fails to comply with administrative requirements in a timely manner, as specified by the ARC-PA, may be scheduled for a focused site visit and/or risk having its accreditation withdrawn. "Developing-Not Accredited" programs are working towards accreditation, but have not yet passed ARC-PA accreditation review. There is no guarantee that the program will be accredited.
All programs operate in accordance with the ARC-PA Standards, but programs may focus on specific populations, regions, teaching methods, etc. In addition, each program is unique, and has some things that make it stand out from the other programs.
|Mission||The mission of the James Madison University Physician Assistant Program is to provide educational opportunities for students to develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to function as primary care physician assistants, serving the medical needs of the Commonwealth of Virginia and society in general including rural and medically underserved areas.|
|Notable Features||-Small class size (30) / -PANCE pass rate 100% for each of the last 2-years / -PANCE pass rate 93% over the 15-year Program history / -Full cadaver dissection anatomy course within the Program /|
Some programs offer a preprofessional degree designed to prepare students for a full professional PA program. Some programs also offer online masters programs designed to provide graduate education to someone with an undergraduate professional PA degree.
|Online Masters Degree||None|
The program website and any social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) are maintained by the program.
Some programs have created support systems and pathways for veterans to help them more easily transition into civilian life and matriculate into PA school. These include:
|Yellow Ribbon Program||—|
General information about the degree offered, the size and length of the program, whether the program can be pursued part-time, etc.
No information provided
|Class Duration||28 months|
|Class Capacity||30 students|
|On-Campus Housing||Not available|
|Distance & Online Learning||No|
|Accept Transfer Students||No|
Some programs may accept applications from people who are not US citizens. International applicants may be required to submit educational documentation for review, demonstrate proficiency in English, and other additional requirements.
|Additional information||More information|
Many programs are members of CASPA, the central application service for PA programs. Applications to these programs are submitted through the CASPA website. Applications to non-CASPA programs are submitted directly to the individual programs.
There are three kinds of CASPA program deadlines:
Deadlines for non-CASPA programs have different meanings depending on the program. Check the program's website for complete details.
August 1, 2016
Programs may design their individual courses or their entire curriculum around particular learning methodologies and styles. These include:
|Curriculum Design||No special focus|
|Course Design||No special focus|
Mailing address and other contact details for the admissions office. The admissions office may be in a different city and state than the program's main campus.
James Madison University
Physician Assistant Program
801 Carrier Drive, MSC 4301
Harrisonburg, VA 22807
Tuition listed is for the entire duration of the program. Some programs may include student fees and other costs into the tuition figure.
No information provided
Programs may require specific exams such as the GRE or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). If the program accepts the MCAT in place of the GRE, it is noted here. TOEFL requirements are for international or non-native English speaking applicants unless otherwise specified by the program. See the program’s website for details.
|GRE||Required — MCAT not accepted in place of GRE|
|TOEFL||Required (for international applicants)|
Programs may recommend or require health care experience. If health care experience is required, the program will specify the kinds of experiences that are acceptable and the minimum number of hours.
Paid experience with hands-on patient care
Volunteer experience with hands-on patient care
Programs may require one or more of the following: a minimum overall GPA; a minimum GPA for prerequisite coursework; and a minimum GPA for science coursework. Programs calculuate minimum science GPAs differently, so details are provided if a minimum science GPA is required.
|Overall GPA||No minimum|
|Prerequisite GPA||No minimum|
|Science GPA||No minimum|
Programs may require recommendation letters from specific people: university professors, physician assistants that you've worked with, etc.
Programs may require a supplemental application. This may be an application to the graduate school, or additional information that is not provided in the CASPA application.
August 1, 2016
|Link to Application||Visit site|
Programs may have a number of specific required courses that applicants must complete prior to matriculating. This is not meant to be a comprehensive list of required coursework, but to identify some typical classes that are required by programs. For a complete list of prerequisites and course substitutions, visit the program's website.
|Name||Lower Level||Upper Level||Lab|
|Biology - Cell|
|Biology - General|
|Biology - Genetics|
|Biology - Immunology|
|Biology - Microbiology/Bacteriology|
|Biology - Virology|
|Chemistry - Biochemistry|
|Chemistry - General|
|Chemistry - Organic|
|Physiology - General|
|English - Composition|
|English - Literature|
|English - Speech|
|Math - Algebra|
|Math - Calculus|
|Math - General|
|Math - Precalculus|
|Math - Statistics|
|Psychology - Abnormal|
|Psychology - Developmental|
|Psychology - General|