Interested in Randolph-Macon College’s Physician Assistant Program, but have questions about things like tuition, class schedule, or admission requirements? Look no further!

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The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Randolph-Macon College Physician Assistant Studies Program sponsored by Randolph-Macon College

Accreditation-Provisional is an accreditation status granted when the plans and resource allocation, if fully implemented as planned, of a proposed program that has not yet enrolled students appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards or when a program holding Accreditation-Provisional status appears to demonstrate continued progress in complying with the Standards as it prepares for the graduation of the first class (cohort) of students.

Accreditation-Provisional does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. It is limited to no more than five years from matriculation of the first class. 

The PA program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at


Randolph-Macon College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate and masters degrees. Randolph-Macon College also may offer credentials such as certificates and diplomas at approved degree levels. Questions about the accreditation of Randolph-Macon College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (

Yes. PA Programs that have been granted Accreditation – Provisional status by the ARC-PA may graduate students and certify them to apply for the PANCE and state medical licensure.

Please note that graduation from an accredited PA Program does not guarantee a passing score on the PANCE, successful licensure or job placement / employment.

Students who successfully complete the requirements for graduation will receive a Master of Science in PA Studies (MSPAS) at the end of the program.

The next cohort of 24 students will begin in January. The PA program consists of two years that last 12 months each.

The Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) is the widely-used application service offered by the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA). RMC PA participates in CASPA and our portal to begin receiving applications opened in April.

Admissions information is available under the Admissions tab on the main PA Program webpage. If you have additional questions, please contact us at

Our program does NOT accept waivers or substitutes for the courses listed as required prerequisites on the Admissions page. However, completion of any of our preferred courses is highly favored during the admissions process.

Email if you have specific questions about your courses titles and descriptions as they relate to fulfilling any of our prerequisite requirements. 

Yes, GRE is required as part of a completed application. GRE scores will be considered as only one aspect of our holistic review of each applicant’s preparedness and fit for the RMC PA Program. Evaluations of situational reasoning and problem-solving ability are also required. Full details of the application process are available on our Admissions page. 

Yes. Applicants whose completed applications suggest the best fit for RMC’s PA Program will be invited to interview during the Spring and Summer of their application year. 

The curriculum design includes two 12-month phases, linked by a common set of four primary learning themes. The first 12 months provide immersive learning opportunities regarding each major body system via small group, lecture-learner, simulation, independent study, service learning, and team-based sessions. Scientific investigation of clinical problems will be anchored by problem-based learning (PBL) sessions and supported by strategically-timed resource activities, including community service and liberal arts infusions. These latter components are specifically aimed to hold the humanistic and scientific aspects of health and disease in close context during each key learning experience. The second half of the program includes four- to six-week supervised clinical rotation experiences in required and elective medical environments, punctuated by returns to campus for practical skill development, refresher sessions, and professional practice readiness. Upon successful completion of all required components, graduates will receive a Master of Science in PA Studies (MSPAS) degree.

The PA Program’s tuition, fees, and estimated total cost of attendance are located on the RMC Business Office’s website. Please keep in mind that estimated expenses, beyond tuition and fees, can vary based on your personal situation and available resources. Our Office of Financial Aid is available to answer your questions, and can be reached at or (804) 752-7259.

We do NOT require full COVID-19 vaccination in order to attend an admissions interview day. However, complete COVID-19 vaccination (two doses) IS REQUIRED for accepted students prior to the start of the program.

We invite your participation and look forward to collaborating! To deliver the best possible experience for our students, we will look to our medical community for specific teaching and precepting support. Please write to us at to get started. 

Please write to with your ideas, suggestions, or offerings of help and support. Randolph-Macon College invites alumni, community members, medical providers, and interested organizations to join us as we journey to build a nationally-recognized PA program in service of those in need. Together, we will build extraordinary PAs.