The ECU PA Program is a 27 month long curriculum that begins in August with graduation occurring in December. The didactic phase comprises the first 15 months with students involved in classroom, laboratory, small-group, OSCE, and experiential learning opportunities. The clinical phase comprises the last 12 months in which students are assigned to supervised clinical rotations at various hospital, clinical and physician offices.
At the completion of the ECU PA Program, students are awarded a Master's of Science Degree in Physician Assistant.
We receive approximately 600-700 applications, but not all of the applicants are invited for interviews.
ECU PA Studies accepts students from North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia. You must be a resident and have a permanent address in one of these states at the time of application and admission to the program. If you or your spouse is active military and stationed in NC during application and admission, then you can request a waiver from firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) application is the only option to apply to the ECU PA Program.
No, but you are required to apply to ECU Graduate School at the time of application to CASPA.
Our Class of 2019, starting in Fall 2017, averages are:
The average GRE this year was 309. We accept the General Examination General Test and review the Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Analytical Writing portion scores. The ECU code for the GRE is 0421. GRE scores must be submitted by September 1 in order to considered for an early interview. There will not be a waiver for the GRE. If you have taken another exam or your exam is over 5 years old, you will still be expected to take or repeat the exam.
Yes. The Department of Physician Assistant at ECU offers a Master's Degree. As such, all applicants accepted into the Program, must have a bachelor's degree. The undergraduate degree must be completed by June 1st of the year of application. Example: Applicants who submit application materials by September 1, 2017 must complete the undergraduate degree by June 1st of 2018 in order to enroll in the fall of 2018.
We do accept applications from foreign graduates. The requirements for this will be:
The ECU PA Program does not endorse any specific undergraduate major or program. Many applicants major in various biological sciences because most of our prerequisites are more easily obtained in those programs; nonetheless, admission is based upon our prerequisites and not the major.
All PA Program prerequisites must be completed by September 1 in order to be considered for an early interview. We allow one prerequisite to be pending at application date of September 1. Please note that we do have a true rolling admission process and applications that are complete by September 1 will have preference. Any prerequisites course that is being considered for approval by a waiver must first be approved by the PA Admissions Committee. Information should be forwarded to the email@example.com. All pending courses must be complete by Dec. 31 and reported to our department and CASPA. It is the applicant's responsibility to update any pending information.
You may either take separate courses in Anatomy and Physiology, or you can substitute 2 semesters of a combined Anatomy/Physiology course.
Yes - we require Anatomy and Physiology with a lab section. We do not allow online lab sessions to count as part of the course grade.
We do NOT accept Comparative, Animal or Mammalian Anatomy and Physiology courses.
Any undergraduate equivalency questions can be directed to the undergraduate counselor, Melissa Watterson, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes. Each applicant is viewed equally; therefore, each must complete all prerequisite course work. No exceptions or substitutions.
The Admissions Committee prefers that all prerequisite courses are taken within the last 5 years; however this is not a requirement. If your courses are older than that, know that we recommend refreshing them.
Questions regarding the transferring of courses from another institution should be addressed to the ECU Academic Counselor, Melissa Watterson, email@example.com
CASPA starts accepting applications in April. We begin interviews starting in August and ending in January. Our deadline for applications to be received by CASPA is September 1.
We expect to have the class filled after interviews have concluded and the admissions committee meets for the final time in February. You may expect a letter by the first week of March.
No - an applicant cannot defer to an alternate year once accepted.
No - the program can only be completed on a full time basis.
Students who are not offered a seat in the program following their Interview Day may be placed on an alternate list, at the recommendation of the Admissions Committee and/or the Program Director. The alternate list is activated as necessary by the Program Director. An alternate list is valid from the close of the interview process through the first week of classes for which the student applied. Alternate listed applicants not advanced to a seat are NOT considered for admission to the following class without reapplication. We will not be able to tell you your number on this list.
YES. Hands-on direct patient care experiences may come from a variety of places. The extent to which an applicant is actually involved in patient care will be weighed based on the description of the applicant’s duties during those hours. The title of a position is not as important as the duties the applicant performed in terms of patient contact and interaction with patients and other healthcare providers (physicians, PAs, nurses, etc.).
Examples of direct patient care experiences may include but are not limited to: EMT, paramedic, medical assistant, scribe, patient care tech, nurse, surgical tech, athletic trainer, physical therapy aide, etc.
We have many exceptional applicants, but numerous qualified people are turned down for admission because we accept only up to 35 students each year. In the case of applicants who are interviewed and then not accepted, we find that most are well-qualified and would make excellent PAs. We simply have so many applicants that we must make choices based upon GPA, GRE and interview results.
There is no single formula for a successful personal statement as it pertains to the CASPA application or via your interview; different individuals will find different topics to be appropriate for them. Whether an interview or a personal statement, this is an opportunity to communicate information about you self that will aid us in reaching a decision based admissions process. This could include, but is not limited to:
These subjects, as well as other related topics, would be appropriate to help the committee make a thoughtful decision.
No - we are unable to meet with applicants to discuss reasons as to why an applicant was not accepted. You may e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to get feedback on your application.
The Office of Financial Aid at ECU retains financial aid officers who are experts in this area and attempt to make every effort to assist students seeking financial aid.
Approximately 91% of our graduates remain in North Carolina.
Current certification in Basic Life Support at the Healthcare Provider Level is required by the PA Program in order to move forward with Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) training. Although not an admission requirement, it is helpful to have this certification prior to program entry as it may be difficult to work BLS training into one's schedule during the first semester. American Heart Association certification is required.
The program's policies and procedures for student admission decisions adhere to clearly defined and published practices of the institution and program. Applicants are evaluated using objective and subjective data retrieved from their CASPA application. A quantitative score is created based on GPA, GRE scores, Letters of Reference, Clinical Hours, Narrative, and demographic information. Applicants are invited for an interview based upon their total score and ranking relative to other applicants.
Annually, we review our admissions process by reviewing the application, prerequisite requirements, clinical hour requirements, guidelines for GPA and GRE scores, applicant selection for interview, and interview process. Updates to the review process are made annually before CASPA opens each April and new guidelines are published on our website.
No - all applicants accepted into the ECU PA Program must apply through CASPA. We do not accept transfer students at any point in the program. You must complete the program from beginning to end with all courses included.