PRE-PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS: PHYSICIAN’S ASSISTANT STUDIES
Description: Physician assistants (PAs) are highly qualified health professionals prepared through a demanding
academic and clinical curriculum to practice medicine supervised by licensed physicians. As members of the health-
care team, PAs assume a broadly defined range of medical diagnostic and patient management functions that have
traditionally been performed by physicians in both office practice settings and health institutions.
Program Length: 27 Months
• Undergraduate degree from an accredited institution (no specific major is required)
• Complete CASPA and ECU graduate application
• GRE: Verbal, Quantitative and Written are require
• Successful completion of prerequisite courses
• Volunteer experience is not required or preferred
• Important! Check with the physician assistant program of your choice regarding
specific prerequisites as some may have different requirements than those listed.
*Applications are accepted for admission consideration only from citizens or permanent residents of the
United States who are also residents of one of the following states: North Carolina; South Carolina;
Georgia; Tennessee; and Virginia. Preference is given to residents of North Carolina.
Pre-requisite Courses Hours ECU Equivalent_______________
General Chemistry with labs 8 CHEM 1150, 1151/ 1160, 1161
Human Anatomy & Physiology 8 BIOL 2140, 2141/ 2150, 2151
Microbiology 3 BIOL 2110
Statistics 3 BIOS 1500, MATH 2228, 2283 or PSYC 2101
Psychology 3 Any ECU psychology course
Medical Terminology 2 HIMA 3000 or ATEP 2800
Genetics 3 BIOL 2300
Prerequisites will be accepted only with a letter grade, not with a Pass/Fail. AP courses are not considered. All
prerequisites must have been taken within five (5) years of application and it is recommended that anatomy and
physiology be taken within 2 years. There is no advanced placement, transfer credit or experiential learning credit
within the ECU PA Program. AP, CLEP, Survey Course or Self-Directed Study course credit will not be accepted for
any prerequisite courses.
Four times a year, P.A. faculty present ‘A Closer Look Tour’, a presentation for prospective applicants who wish to
learn more about the program. A reservation is required. For dates and information about how to register, please
see the PA brochure (available on-line at the PA website www.ecu.edu/pa ).
Information listed above is subject to change without prior notice. Complete and current information, including the
program brochure, is only available on the PA website.
Program Statistics at ECU
Application Window: May – October (Decisions are made on a rolling basis)
Accepted students: 30 per year
Applications received: 450-500 per year
Average GPA of accepted students: 3.50
Average GRE of accepted students: 1137
Average GPA in prerequisites: 3.7
ECU PA Studies Department: www.ecu.edu/pa/
NC Academy of Physician Assistants: www.ncapa.org/
NC Medical Board Physician Extender Coordinator: www.ncmedboard.org/