Department of Family and Preventive Medicine

Experience Required

A minimum of 2,000 hours of paid or volunteer patient care experience is required with direct, "hands-on" patient contact (e.g., EMT or paramedic, health educator, RN, patient care attendant or nurse’s aide, clinic assistant, medical Peace Corps volunteer or other cross-cultural health care experience, medical technologist, therapist, scribe, clinical research assistant, etc.). These hours of patient care experience must be completed at the time of the submitted application.

The following types of experience are NOT accepted toward the 2,000 patient care experience hours: non-clinical research assistant positions, pharmacy technician, hours accrued in certificate training programs or student clinical experiences, student "intern" experiences for which school credit is received.

In addition, non-patient care community volunteer hours as well as PA ‘shadowing hours’ are highly recommended although they do not count towards the 2,000 hours minimum of patient care experience. Volunteer patient care hours should be included in the 2,000 hours and in the volunteer community service hours in our supplemental application.

The Emory PA program does not grant advanced placement. All students must complete all Emory PA program course requirements to graduate.

Additional Requirements

  1. Applicants must meet the Emory PA Program Technical Standards.
  2. TOEFL is required for applicants for whom English is not their native language and/or their first degree is from a foreign institution. Scores must be sent directly to the PA Program from the Educational Testing Service. A minimum total score of 93 with a speaking score of 26 is required.
  3. Completed CASPA and Supplemental Applications (including non-refundable Supplemental Application Fee of $75). This includes two letters of reference.
  4. GRE's are no longer required.

If accepted into the program, consent for a criminal background check is required.

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