Randolph-Macon College and the RMC PA Program are proud to accept applications for its graduating class of 2025 between April 27 and September 1, 2023. All applications must be submitted via CASPA.

Admissions Timeline

The RMC PA Program will utilize a rolling admissions process, which means that application review and offers for interview and enrollment will proceed throughout the admissions cycle.

The admissions cycle for the RMC PA Program Class of 2025 is April 27 – September 1, 2023.

The RMC PA Program will utilize CASPA for most parts of the application process. CASPer Reasoning Test scores will be submitted separately, however please note that NEITHER the Snapshot nor Duet portions are required.

Before you submit, we encourage you to explore the CASPA Fee Waiver Program, which may help to cover application fees, if you’re eligible.

The Admissions Committee will only review completed applications. Use our printable Completed Application Checklist to ensure that you have submitted all the required items!

Application Requirements

  • U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status.
  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree, earned according to the program timeline, from a regionally-accredited university or college. Official transcripts must be submitted directly to the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). Do not send transcripts directly to the RMC PA program.
  • If coursework has been completed outside of the U.S. or Canada, such must be evaluated, at applicant’s expense, by a qualified transcript evaluation service and demonstrate equivalence with required prerequisite coursework.
  • Graduate Record Exam, General Test, with scores within the last five years. Socre reports must be submitted through CASPA to RMC (Code: 3294).
  • CASPer Situational Reasoning Test results must be from the current application year.
  • Cumulative and Science GPAs of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Completion of the following prerequisite courses via a regionally-accredited college or university with a grade of C or better. Prerequisite courses of grades C-, D, or F will not be considered.
  • Applicants who have separated from military service must provide an official copy of their DD Form 214.
  • 3 letters of reference, identified by you, will be requested by the PA Program as part of your application process.

Prerequisite coursework

The following coursework represents the minimum required for a completed application to the PA Program. Courses marked with a “*” must include a lab component.

  • Two semesters of General Biology are required. One General Biology course must include a lab component. Other general and upper-level Biology courses will fulfill this requirement (excluding Botany) (7+ credit hours)
  • Two semesters of General/Inorganic Chemistry* (7+ credit hours)
  • One semester of Biochemistry (3+ credit hours)
  • Two semesters of Human Anatomy and Physiology* (7+ credit hours)
  • One semester of General Psychology (3+ credit hours)
  • One semester of Statistics (2+ credit hours)
  • One semester of College Math or other quantitative and symbolic reasoning course (3+ credit hours)
  • Medical Terminology (1+ credit hour or equivalent)

Preferred Coursework

Successful completion of any of the following coursework will strengthen a candidate’s application.

  • One semester of Microbiology (3+ credit hours)
  • One semester of Psychology elective (3+ credit hours)
  • One semester of Genetics (3+ credit hours)
  • Upper-level Biology, Chemistry, or Physics courses (3+ credit hours)

Clinical experience

We strongly recommend applicants seek meaningful time and experience within medical environments. While not currently required, demonstration of meaningful hands-on clinical experience will strengthen a candidate’s application.

Special considerations

The RMC PA Program has published strategic goals based on the needs of our region and our country. These include preparing providers from diverse backgrounds, ready to move into healthcare spaces and effect positive change. The educational environment best suited to prepare such individuals is one that actively engages students from varied backgrounds and fosters the sharing of values and cultural dynamics during the training process.

RMC will give preference to qualified applicants meeting any one of the following criteria. Meeting the bulleted criteria below does not, however, guarantee interview or admission to the RMC PA Program.

  • First in family to attend college
  • From a medically-underserved area (MUA)* or health professions shortage area (HPSA)*

In addition, Randolph-Macon College graduates who meet all the criteria for admission will be offered an interview during the year of application. The offer of an interview does not constitute a guarantee of admission.

Randolph-Macon College and its PA Program will employ admissions processes that comport with Students for Fair Admissions, Inc. v. President and Fellows of Harvard College as decided by the U.S. Supreme Court on June 29th, 2023. As RMC learns more about whether and how this decision affects our admissions and selection criteria, the information regarding any modifications to those processes will be made available on this page.

PA Admissions FAQs

Completed applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis by the PA Admissions Committee. Based on the Program Goals and Outcomes, required prerequisites, and preferred factors, selected applicants will be invited to interview for admission. Interviewees will be invited to visit the PA Program to participate in additional non-cognitive assessments that aid in final admission decisions.

Randolph-Macon College graduates who meet all criteria for admission will be offered an interview during the year of application.

The Class of 2025 admissions cycle is April 27 – September 1, 2023. Final applications include degree completion, all prerequisite coursework, and submission of a completed CASPA file. Only complete and verified applications will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.

For the Class of 2025 (enrolling in January 2024), a cohort of 24 students will be accepted.

As part of a completed application, the RMC PA Program requires that applicants submit scores from the General Test of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Scores must be from within the five years preceding the application date. If the applicant identifies as speaking English as a second language or has earned a required degree from a country other than the U.S. or Canada, the TOEFL is required. Applicants must also complete the CASPer Test, an online assessment of non-cognitive and situational reasoning skills.

No other standardized tests may substitute for those listed above.

The Admissions Committee will only review complete and verified applications. Until minimum criteria for admission are met, files are considered incomplete.

No. All enrolled students must complete each required component of the PA Program.

We strongly recommend that all prerequisite coursework and standardized tests be as current as possible. Most coursework and other requirements do not have expiration dates, except for the following:

  • CASPer results must be from the year of application.
  • GRE General Test results must be within 5 years of the application date.

No, however it is strongly recommended that applicants find opportunities to spend meaningful time in healthcare environments with a PA, MD, DO, or NP. This leads incredible perspective for the individual, and can help to shape career passions, views of health and health disparities, and the “real life” experiences of medical providers.

We do not require a baseline number of clinical experience hours, but we will give preference to applicants who demonstrate volunteer or paid experiences that include significant patient contact.

The RMC PA Program requires minimum cumulative and science GPAs of 3.0. All prerequisites must be completed with a grade of C or higher. We do not accept pass/fail for prerequisite courses.

GPAs are calculated through CASPA based on the applicant’s transcript entry. These include: cumulative GPA, non-science GPA, focused science coursework GPAs, post-baccalaureate GPA, and graduate GPA.

Yes. If offered a seat in the class, applicants have two weeks to formally accept and submit a non-refundable $750.00 deposit. This deposit is credited towards tuition.

Yes. Three letters are required, which will be submitted through CASPA. Letters can be submitted by colleagues, supervisors, professors, etc. We do not accept personal references, including those by family members.

Yes, we recognize the diverse nature of our potential applicants’ needs. The PA Program will accept coursework from accredited 2- and 4-year institutions, including those who deliver coursework via online or hybrid environments.

Graduate students are eligible for federal and state aid, including the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant. Learn more.