Program Spotlight: Duke University Medical Center

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Duke's PA program is consistently ranked extremely high every year, and their standards and requirements reflect that.  Here's some info if Duke is at the top of your list!

Location:  Durham, North Carolina

Number of students:  88

Application Cycle:  Opens in April.  CASPA by Oct 1; supplemental application by Nov. 1 - priority if complete by August 15!

Interview dates:  October - January (~240 invites) with rolling admissions

Start date:  August

Length of Program:  24 months

Public/Private:  Private

HCE:  minimum of 1,000 hours of direct care by the time your application is complete (~1 year working full time)

Shadowing: No specific requirements

The Good Stuff:

  • Diversity is encouraged!
  • Technically no GPA requirement, but must have at least a C in all courses
  • Although you are encouraged not to work, students may work up to 20 hrs weekly during the first year
  • Pre-reqs must be COMPLETE by the December before matriculation
  • Not good chances for college seniors (<5% of 2014 class) unless you have a ton of HCE
  • International students must have 1 year (30 hours) of classes at a US college
  • Prerequisites - doesn't specifically require Organic chemistry or labs with anatomy
  • Relatively affordable at about 38,000 a year for tuition (similar to many public schools)
  • Decision will come in the mail no later than March 1
  • There's no specific time frame that prerequisites must have been taken in
  • They lease computers to students to use during the program
  • They offer Orthopedic and Surgical residency programs

Program Link:  Duke PA Program