Accreditation Status

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manner, as specified by the ARC-PA, may be scheduled for a focused site visit and/or risk having its accreditation withdrawn.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.

Accreditation Status
Accreditation Date
April 1999

Mission & Notable Features

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) -Focus on Primary Care -Diverse clinical rotations (urban, suburban, and rural) -High pass rate on the PANCE (93% average over 14-years)

Preprofessional & Online Masters Degrees

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.

Preprofessional Degree None
Online Masters Degree None

Websites & Social Media

The program website and any social media sites (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) are maintained by the program.

Website Visit site
Facebook Visit site

Veterans Information

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:

  • Scholarships or financial assistance (reduced tuition, in-state tuition).
  • Clinical partnerships with veterans organizations for rotations.
  • Special admissions processes that recognize military service.
  • Faculty who are veterans.
  • Institutional participation in the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges program, a consortium of colleges that recognize the unique needs of veterans in achieving their educational goals. Many of these institutions offer special benefits, such as tuition reduction or credit for experiential learning.
  • Institutional participation in the Yellow Ribbon Schools, program, a university-funded scholarship program for veterans.
Clinical Partners
Special Admissions
Veteran Faculty
SOC Member
Yellow Ribbon Program

Class & Degree Information

General information about the degree offered, the size and length of the program, whether the program can be pursued part-time, etc.

Degrees Offered Masters
Bachelor Degree Required
Class Start Date August 2016
Class Duration 28 months
Class Capacity 30 students
Campus Harrisonburg, VA
On-Campus Housing Not available
Part-Time Option No
Distance Learning No
Accept Transfer Students No
Seat Deposit $500

International Applicants

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.

International students Accepted
Additional information
No information provided

Application Deadline

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:

  • Submitted. The application must be submitted by the deadline date. Documents don't have to be received by CASPA by the deadline date.
  • Complete. The application must be submitted and all transcripts, payments, and at least two letters of reference must be received by CASPA by the deadline date.
  • Verified. The application must be submitted, complete, and the the GPA calculation must be completed by CASPA by the deadline date.

Deadlines for non-CASPA programs have different meanings depending on the program. Check the program's website for complete details.

CASPA Participant? Yes
Application Deadline
September 1, 2015
Deadline Type

Curriculum & Coursework Focus

Programs may design their individual courses or their entire curriculum around particular learning methodologies and styles. These include:

  • Asynchronous Learning, a teaching method that uses online resources to facilitate information sharing outside the classroom.
  • Case-Based Learning
  • Collaborative or Team-Based Learning
  • Distance or Online Learning
  • Early Clinical Exposure
  • Hybrid of Traditional & Case-Based Learning
  • Organ-Based Learning or Systems-Based Learning
  • Problem-Based Learning
Curriculum Design Hybrid of Traditional or Case-Based Learning
Course Design Hybrid of Traditional or Case-Based Learning

Contact Information

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
Phone 540-568-2395


We are recalculating tuition to make it more consistent between programs. Until we have this updated, we've removed the information to prevent confusion.

Standardized Exams

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)

Health Care Experience

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.

Experience Required
Minimum 1000 hours
Acceptable Experience Paid experience with hands-on patient care
Volunteer experience with hands-on patient care

Minimum GPA

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

Recommendation Letters

Programs may require recommendation letters from specific people: university professors, physician assistants that you've worked with, etc.

Letters required 3
Anyone specific? No

Supplemental Application

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.

Required Yes
September 1, 2015
Link to Application Visit site

Prerequisite Coursework

We are revamping our prerequisite section, so these are not available right now. Programs may have a number of specific required courses that applicants must complete prior to matriculating. For a complete list of prerequisites and course substitutions, visit the program's website.