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Students in the Physician Assistant Program at Penn State College of Medicine take part in the White Coat Ceremony in 2016, during which the students receive their white coats signifying the start of their training. Three female students are seen in the foreground, reading from the event program, with a male and female student visible in the background.

Physician Assistant (PA) Program

Entering Class Profiles

Penn State College of Medicine Physician Assistant Program students come from diverse educational, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds.

See below for profiles of recent entering classes.

Contact Us

If you have questions about the PA Program entering class profiles, contact us at 717-531-0003, ext. 285595 or PSUPAProgram@pennstatehealth.psu.edu.

2017 Facts and Figures

(Graduating Class of 2019)

Applications and Interviews

Applications received: 3,452
Class size: 30
Students from Early Assurance partnership program: 1
Applicants interviewed: 105 (3.0%)
Applicants offered admission: 35

Demographic Profile

Women: 17
Men: 13
Underrepresented or disadvantaged students: 13 (43%) - Underrepresented students include veterans, educationally disadvantaged, economically disadvantaged, and/or underrepresented minorities in healthcare.
Average age: 25.6
Pennsylvania residents: 11
Non-Pennslyvania residents: 19 (States represented: California (2), Florida (2), Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York (4), Ohio, Utah, Virginia) 

Academic Profile

Overall cumulative GPA average: 3.71
Overall science GPA average: 3.67
Average healthcare hours: 3,145
Average GRE total: 317
GRE quantitative average: 158 (70th percentile)
GRE verbal average: 159 (82nd percentile)
GRE writing average: 4.4 (77th percentile)
MCAT average: 37 (old scoring method), 510 (new scoring method)
Class members entering with doctorate degree: 1

See admission requirements for GRE waiver eligibility.

2016 Facts and Figures

(Graduating Class of 2018)

Applications and Interviews

Applications received: 3,326
Class size: 30
Students from Early Assurance partnership program: 0
Applicants interviewed: 101 (3.0%)

Demographic Profile

Pennsylvania residents: 12
Non-Pennsylvania residents: 18
Women: 18
Men: 12
Underrepresented or disadvantaged students: 16 (53%) - Underrepresented students include veterans, educationally disadvantaged, economically disadvantaged, and/or underrepresented minorities in healthcare.
Average age: 25 (range: 21 to 35)

Academic Profile

Overall cumulative GPA average: 3.64 (range: 3.21 to 3.97)
Overall science GPA average: 3.61 (range: 3.19 to 4.0)
Average healthcare hours: 3,896 (range: 508 to 22,917)
Average GRE total: 316 (range: 303 to 335)
GRE quantitative average: 158 (range: 147 to 168)
GRE verbal average: 158 (range: 149 to 167)
GRE writing average: 4.6 (range: 3.0 to 6.0)
MCAT average: N/A - See admission requirements for GRE waiver eligibility.
Class members with master's degree: 2
Class members with doctorate degree: 1

2015 Facts and Figures

(Graduating Class of 2017)

Applications and Interviews

Applications received: 2,175
Class size: 30
Students from Early Assurance partnership program: 1
Applicants interviewed: 107 (4.9%)

Demographic Profile

Pennsylvania residents: 13
Non-Pennsylvania residents: 17
Women: 11
Men: 19
Underrepresented or disadvantaged students: 14 (47%) - Underrepresented students include veterans, educationally disadvantaged, economically disadvantaged, and/or underrepresented minorities in healthcare.
Average age: 27 (range: 21 to 38)

Academic Profile

Overall cumulative GPA average: 3.63 (range: 3.02 to 4.0)
Overall science GPA average: 3.69 (range: 3.03 to 4.0)
Average healthcare hours: 6,522 (range: 500 to 31,265)
Average GRE total: 313 (range: 301 to 338)
GRE quantitative average: 155 (range: 145 to 168)
GRE verbal average: 158 (range: 148 to 170)
GRE writing average: 4.2 (range: 3.0 to 5.0)
MCAT average: 31.5 - See admission requirements for GRE waiver eligibility.
Class members with master's degree: 8
Class members with doctorate degree: 1

2014 Facts and Figures

(Graduating Class of 2016)

Applications and Interviews

Applications received: 1,921
Class size: 30
Students from Early Assurance partnership program: 0
Applicants interviewed: 109 (5.6%)

Demographic Profile

Pennsylvania residents: 13
Non-Pennsylvania residents: 17
Women: 17
Men: 13
Underrepresented or disadvantaged students: 12 (40%) - Underrepresented students include veterans, educationally disadvantaged, economically disadvantaged, and/or underrepresented minorities in healthcare.
Average age: 28 (range: 21 to 45)

Academic Profile

Overall cumulative GPA average: 3.64 (range: 3.11 to 4.0)
Overall science GPA average: 3.63 (range: 3.15 to 4.0)
Average healthcare hours: 4,835 (range: 500 to 17,108)
Average GRE total: 313 (range: 298 to 330)
GRE quantitative average: 157 (range: 148 to 165)
GRE verbal average: 156 (range: 148 to 168)
GRE writing average: 4.3 (range: 3.5 to 5.5)
MCAT average: 33 - See admission requirements for GRE waiver eligibility.
Class members with master's degree: 7
Class members with doctorate degree: 2

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