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Up and Coming: South University (Richmond, VA)

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Location:  Richmond, VA

Number of students:  36

Application Cycle:  April 1st - September 1st through CASPA

Interview dates:  July-September

Start date:  January

Length of Program:  27 months

Public/Private: Private

HCE:  Recommended, but no specific requirement

GPA:  Minimum 3.0 overall; minimum Biology-Chemistry-Physics GPA of 3.0

Shadowing:  Recommended, but no specific requirement

The Good Stuff:

  • Quarter system
  • Working is not recommended, but allowed up to 15 hours during the didactic year
  • GRE is required, and preference is given to scores greater than the 50th percentile
  • Behavioral interview style
  • Pending accreditation September 2017

Program Link:  South University PA Program Website - Richmond, VA


For the most up to date information on PA programs in one place, check out The Applicant’s Manual of Physician Assistant Programs. (Affiliate link)


Program Spotlight: Eastern Virginia Medical School

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Location: Norfolk, VA

Number of students:  Around 85

Application Cycle:  CASPA and supplemental due by April of the previous year - March 1st for the following January, NOT rolling admissions

Interview dates:  July 

Start date:  January

Length of Program:  28 months

Public/Private:  Both!  

HCE:  No specific requirement, but recommended to have at least 1,000 hours of paid direct clinical experience

GPA:  Minimum 3.0 with a minimum B- in required courses

Shadowing:  Not required, but recommended to learn about the profession

The Good Stuff:

  • Must have all pre-requisites completed before your application will be complete
  • They offer consultations with admissions if you are not actively applying 
  • Interviews in the past consisting of 2 one-on-one interviews and a group interview with individual questions and a group scenario (no writing)

Program Link:  Eastern Virginia PA Program


For the most up to date information on PA programs in one place, check out The Applicant’s Manual of Physician Assistant Programs. (Affiliate link)


Program Spotlight: Shenandoah University

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Location:  Winchester, Virginia

Number of students:  42

Application Cycle:  CASPA April - January 15th with rolling admissions

Interview dates:  October - March

Start date:  July

Length of Program:  30 months

Public/Private:  Private

HCE:  Highly recommended, with no minimum requirement

GPA:  Minimum 3.0 overall and science, with minimum C in all courses

Shadowing:  Highly recommended, with non minimum requirement

The Good Stuff:

  • There is a plan to expand to Leesburg, Virginia in summer of 2016 for a starting class of 12 students
  • There are information sessions available, which are highly recommended.
  • Part of the technology fees include a laptop and an iPad
  • An "Admissions Booklet" is available through the SUPA website that provides everything you need to know if thinking of applying to this program

Program LinkShenandoah University PA Program


For the most up to date information on PA programs in one place, check out The Applicant’s Manual of Physician Assistant Programs. (Affiliate link)