Admission

Academic Excellence, Critical Thinking, Interpersonal Skills

We strive to admit students who align with our mission and goals and who have a record of academic excellence, strong critical thinking and interpersonal communication skills, and potential as future PA leaders. We are proud to have a robust admissions process that welcomes applicants with a diverse range of experiences and backgrounds. 

Key Criteria for Admission

Our admissions committee reviews all eligible applications on the basis of several key elements, including academic performance; depth and breadth of healthcare experience; research and scholarly contributions; volunteer work and community service; and contributions to the mission and goals of the program.

Preference is given to applicants with the following characteristics:

  • GPA of 3.5 or greater (overall and science), with course load of 2 or more science/math courses per quarter/semester
  • Absence of D/F/W on transcripts
  • Completion of highly recommended and recommended preparatory coursework
  • Standardized test scores of 50% or greater
  • Exceptional life experiences (distance traveled, award winners, military service, athletic accomplishments, fluency in multiple languages, local, national or international reputation, global health work)
  • Stanford University or Stanford Medicine affiliations
  • Residence in medically underserved or health professional shortage area
  • Backgrounds that are underrepresented in medicine and the PA profession
  • Applicants with prior leadership experience or potential leadership 
  • Direct patient care experience and hours
  • Paid research and publications
  • Volunteer work and hours
  • Absence of misdemeanors, felonies, academic probation or loss of professional privileges