Program Spotlight: Duke University Medical Center


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

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