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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the average GPA of the applicants accepted?

  • Between a 3.5 and 4.0 for overall GPA

What is the average number of patient care hours of the students accepted?

  • Roughly 2,000 for applicants in 2013

Does your program admit students based on rolling admissions?

  • No, our program has one yearly cohort.  A cohort is a term used in our GVSU PAS program to signify a group of students who start the program together in the fall and progress through the program as one group until graduation.  Our curriculum is set up where students enter the program in August and continue through a pre-set curriculum until the end of the program in December of the following year.

Is the GRE required?  What is the average score of those accepted?

  • Yes.  This is new, so no data on average scores are available yet.

What is GVSU's GRE code?

  • GVSU code:  2524

Mean GRE Scores: Class of 2017-2019


Mean Verbal
GRE Score

Mean Quantitative
GRE Score

Mean Analytic
Writing Score

Class 2017 TC




Class 2017 GR




Class 2017 Combined




Class 2018 TC




Class 2018 GR




Class 2018 Combined




Class 2019 TC




Class 2019 GR




Class 2019 Combined




Does your program offer elective clinical rotations?

  • Yes. Students are given 8 weeks of elective rotations which are split into 2 separate rotations.

Does your program offer international rotation?

  • Yes, we have some international clinical site opportunities for students interested.  This would take the place of the elective rotation.

How many applicants do you get each year?  How many of those are accepted?

  • In the last two years, there were approximately 350-450 applicants.  The Grand Rapids campus accepted 36 applicants, and the Traverse City campus accepted 12 applicants.

What is the retention rate of the program?

  • 95%

Is there a research aspect of your program?

  • Yes, it is embedded in 3 evidence based medicine courses.  Additionally, our faculty are involved in independent research projects.

What is your program's teaching approach?  (PBL, Lecture, Discussion, Systems, etc.)

  • Traditional lecture (didactic) is delivered in a system based approach in which students will learn about a specific organ system (ex. Cardiology) in multiple courses, such as pharmacology clinical medicine and pathophysiology simultaneously.  Clinical exam and procedure skills are learned in a hands-on laboratory course that runs concurrently with the other system based courses.  Our program also has small group courses that emphasize problem based learning and evidence based medicine embedded with the curriculum.
  • Another unique feature of our program is the use of Interactive Television (ITV).  All of our lecture courses are taught live and streamed via ITV to the distant campus.  The use of ITV allows instructors to instruct both campuses simultaneously in real time.  Faculty and students are able to see the students and faculty at the distant campus via television screens in the front and back of the lecture room and lecture materials are visible on the drop down screens at both campuses.  Active participation is encouraged between the two campuses and students are able to ask questions during lectures and participate in discussion with faculty and students at the distant campus.

Is there anything unique about your program that you would like to share to students considering your program?

  • Intense but great success rates on boards!  This program will prepare students for practice a PA in a health care team!

What type of health care experience qualifies for the required 500-plus hours of health care experience?

  • There are a variety of experiences that can be used for your healthcare experience.  Students are encouraged to pick experiences that help increase their knowledge of the physician assistant profession and health care.  These hours can be obtained through volunteering, paid work, or observational experiences.  Medical assistant, phlebotomist, CNA and registered nurse are a few examples of hands-on patient care.  This is by no means a comprehensive list as there are several other options available.