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Physician Assistant: Programs in NC


  • All programs are 24-27 months. Credit hours range from 91 (Wake Forest) to 131 (Methodist). 
  • Average GPA ranges from 3.44 (Methodist) to 3.7 (ECU and Elon).
  • Average GRE scores (Quantitative and Verbal) range from 305 (Methodist) to 311 (Duke). 
  • Although programs list minimum health care experience hours, average number of hours range from 3,700 (Methodist) to 5,930 (Campbell). 
  • Total In-State Tuition ranges from $33,360 (Wingate) to $116,571 (Duke). Most programs are roughly $80,000-87,000.
  • Physician assistant programs across the U.S. usually take 24-30 months to complete. Applicants typically apply to 8 programs and have an average of a 3.5 GPA and 4,837 hours of heath care experience (PAEA Report).
  • The median annual wage was $101,480 in 2016. Employment is projected to grow 30% from 2014 to 2024, much faster than the average for all occupations (BLS).

School Name - GPA AveragePANCE Five Year First Time Taker Average Pass Rate

Campbell University - 3.5 GPA  Average - 94%

Duke University Medical Center - 3.5-3.8 GPA  Average - 96%

East Carolina University - 3.7 GPA  Average - 100%

Elon University - 3.7 GPA  Average - 97%

Gardner Webb University (provisionally accredited) - GPA Info Not Listed - 91%

High Point University (provisionally accredited) - GPA Info Not Listed - New Program

Lenoir-Rhyne University (provisionally accredited) - GPA Info Not Listed - New Program

Methodist University - 3.44 GPA  Average - 98%

University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (provisionally accredited) - GPA Info Not Listed - New Program

Wake Forest University - GPA Info Not Listed - 97%

Wingate University - GPA Info Not Listed - 96%

All Programs: 


Prerequisite Courses:

Programs require some/all of the following courses. Student must verify the correct coursework needed for each program.

  • BIO/L 201 - Principles of Biology: Cells
  • BIO/L 202 - Principles of Biology: Biodiversity
  • BIO/L 240 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIO/L 241 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • BIO/L 246 or BIO/L 425 - Microbiology
  • BIO/L 335 - Genetics
  • BIO/L 465 - Biochemistry
  • CHM/L 101 - General Chemistry I
  • CHM/L 102 - General Chemistry I
  • CHM/L 211 - Organic Chemistry I
  • STT 210 or STT 215 - Statistics
  • PSY 105 - Introduction to Psychology
  • ATR 470 - Medical Terminology