Application

A complete application includes the CASPA application, Duke PA Program’s supplemental application, and official GRE score report. Remember to have your scores sent from ETS directly to CASPA at code 0422 and to follow up with CASPA to make certain the scores have been linked to your application. CASPA will accept up to five evaluations.  Our program requires three, including at least one from a health care professional with whom the applicant has worked. Relatives and personal or family friends of the applicant should not complete evaluation forms.

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Application Deadlines and Materials

Program applications may be accessed from the CASPA website between April 26 and October 1 for the class beginning August 2019.

Completed CASPA applications for the Duke PA Program may be submitted no later than October 1. We encourage applicants to apply well in advance of the submission deadline. After the CASPA application has been received by the Duke PA Admission Office, the candidate will be e-mailed instructions on how to complete the Duke supplemental application. This supplemental application is submitted by the candidate directly to Duke no later than midnight EST November 1, 2018.

Priority in application review and interview selection will be given to those applicants who have completed their CASPA application, the supplemental application and had official GRE scores reported by August 15, 2018.  We cannot review your application until all of the above have been received.

Applicants will receive instructions on how to complete the Duke supplemental application after Duke has received the verified CASPA. Because CASPA verification time is often lengthy, please allow 4 weeks minimum following submission of your CASPA application before receiving the Duke supplemental application via e-mail. The deadline for completing the Duke supplemental application is midnight EST November 1, 2018. There is a $50.00 nonrefundable supplemental application processing fee. This fee is waived for active military or veteran applicants. Your application cannot be submitted without payment (unless active military or veteran status). The Duke Physician Assistant Program will also waive the supplemental application fee for anyone who has received a CASPA fee waiver with proof of documentation e-mailed to us at paadmission@mc.duke.edu.

Three evaluation forms from recommenders are required, including at least one from a health care professional with whom the applicant has worked. Recommendations may be provided from employers, supervisors, professors, or others who are able to comment on the applicant’s professional and educational goals and potential (no friends or family members). This information will be collected with the CASPA application.

E-mail notification will be sent to applicants upon receipt of the CASPA application and, later, once the supplemental application has been processed.

Interview

Approximately 270 of the most qualified applicants will be invited for a personal interview conducted at the Duke PA Program Facility located near downtown Durham, NC. From this group, a class of 90 will be selected. Evidence of academic potential, knowledge of the health care system, motivation, personal maturity, self-assurance, and good interpersonal skills will weigh strongly in the admissions decision.

Admissions Notification

All candidates are notified in writing of the admission committee’s decision. Candidates who have been interviewed are notified of the admission committee’s decision as early as 10 days following interview and no later than March 1. Candidates confirm their place in the class by submitting the $1,125 registration and deposit fee by the specified date on the acceptance letter. These fees are nonrefundable; however, $475 from this fee is deducted from the first semester’s tuition for candidates who matriculate, $475 is used for registration fees, $100 for a health screen fee, and $75 for a criminal background check prior to matriculation.

A ranked alternate list from those candidates who have been interviewed for a position in the class will be maintained. Should an accepted candidate withdraw from the program prior to the start of classes, the position is offered to the highest-ranked candidate on the alternate list.

Contact

Questions regarding the admissions prerequisites and the application process may be directed to paadmission@mc.duke.edu or to the Admission Team at (919) 668-4710 or (919) 668-1246.