PA Programs – George Washington University


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Anatomy w/lab (2 semesters combined with Human Phys.)
Physiology w/lab
Microbiology w/lab
Psychology (2 semesters General Psychology – Abnormal Psychology highly recommended)
Other courses:
Chemistry –
4 hours with lab basic – (at least 2 semesters for science majors)
4 hours with lab Organic – (1 semester or Biochemistry)
8 hours each of above recommended and Biochemistry (1 semester or organic)

Bachelor Degree – Required
GRE – Required, less than 5 years old, total score 1100 with 4.0 writing score
Basic Life Support – not required for admission


CASPA Application Required – yes – deadline of October 1st
Supplemental app required – yes – deadline of October 1st (fee is $60 to $100 depending on
Open House – yes – 7 information sessions (must preregister)
Interview – yes – usually on the second Saturday of October, November and December (3 solo
interviews and one with discussion panel)
Rolling admissions – no
Admission factors – Communication skills, maturity, match of George Washington University
Medical Center mission and knowledge of PA in health care today.  GRE within last 5 years
(must be received by October 1st) – 6 months or 960 hours of direct patient care experience
is required (an additional 6 months of health care experience is highly recommended). GPA
of 3.50 with a science GPA of 3.54 (55 hours)

Program facts

Length – 24 or 36 months-108 credits in 2 year program,
Degree Granted – MSHS (2 yr.) or MPH (3 yr.)
Class size – 42
Average # of Apps received, average # interviewed and # accepted – 240 interviewed
Average age, sex, GPA of those admitted – not stated on website

Tuition – $1,152 per credit hour charged for maximum of 12 credit hours per semester
Fees –
Financial Aid – FAFSA, limited number of scholarships, and programs such as National
Health Service Corp.

From the FAQ section of  the GW PA Program website

Competitive Applicant Profile

  1. What does GW consider to be a competitive applicant?
    The competitive applicant demonstrates the core values of the GW PA program: Respect, Integrity, Accountability, Compassion, Dedication, Tolerance, Flexibility, Self-reflection. In addition, the applicant has superior communication skills, a high level of maturity, reflects the mission of the GW Program, and understands the role of the PA in today’s healthcare environment.
  2. What is the typically GPA of a competitive applicant?
    The average cumulative GPA of students in the Class of 2010 is 3.50 with a science GPA of 3.54. GPAs vary from one class to another as the applicant pool varies.
  3. What is the average number of science hours completed by a competitive applicant?
    The average number of science credit hours completed by students in the Class of 2010 is 55 hours. In general, the more competitive applicants have more science hours completed.
  4. What is the average GRE score of a competitive applicant?
    A competitive GRE score is over 1100 combined verbal and quantitative with a 4.0 or greater writing score.
  5. What is the average amount of health care experience of a competitive applicant?
    Six months of direct patient care are required with an additional six months of health-related experience recommended. The more competitive applicant will exceed these requirements and recommendations.
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