Applicants

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the following admission changes are in effect for the 2021-2022 application cycle: 

  1. The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is not required, however it is recommended. 
  2. Prerequisite courses completed on a pass/no pass grading scale for courses taken between Jan 2020 – August 2021 will be accepted. Applicants are still required to have a cumulative 3.0 or higher GPA for the most recent 90 quarter credits (60 semester credits). 
  3. MEDEX Northwest will accept virtual shadowing. 

 

The MEDEX Northwest Physician Assistant program is a 27-month full-time course of study leading to a Master of Clinical Health Services degree. MEDEX accepts up to 170 applicants between its five (5) campuses each year.

Admissions Timeline

Admissions Schedule for the Class of 2024 (enrolling June 2022)

May 1, 2021: Applications open.

October 1, 2021 11:59 pm Eastern Daylight Time: Application deadline closes.

May 2021 – December 2021: MEDEX reviews applications.

September 2021 – January 2022: MEDEX conducts interviews and selects applicants for admission on a rolling basis. Applicants will be notified via email. Applicants offered a seat have three (3) weeks to accept and make a nonrefundable $500 deposit that will be applied toward the applicant’s first-quarter tuition.

March 2022 – May 2022: Applicants accepted into the program undergo a criminal background check, including a drug screen. Acceptance may be contingent upon results of the background check. A second background check is conducted prior to commencing the clinical (second) year of the program.

June 2022: Orientation for incoming students followed by summer quarter classes.

 

Application Information

Academic Prerequisites

MEDEX Northwest requires applicants to meet the following academic requirements in order to qualify: 

  1. Bachelor’s degree 

    • Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S. or an equivalent degree from an accredited foreign institution by December 31st in the year of application. No specific degree discipline or major is required.  

  1. Academic course prerequisites

    • All coursework must be completed with a B- or better (per course) prior to the application deadline.  

 

Courses must be taken at a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S. or an equivalent course from an accredited foreign institution fora letter grade or grade on a 4.0 scale. Before registering for courses,applicants should check the accreditation status of the institution(s)(both online and local) here: Council for Higher Education Accreditation.  

It is strongly recommended that the prerequisite courses be completed within the last five (5) to seven (7) years.  

Each prerequisite course must be taken as a “standalone” course, separate from other prior certificate training programs and professional degree programs.  

Read about the academic prerequisite requirements required to apply to the program. 

 

Clinical Prerequisites

All applicants must meet a minimum of 2,000 hours of paid, direct, hands-on clinical patient care experience. Competitive MEDEX candidates have more than the minimum 2,000 hours – averaging a total of 6.5 years – of paid experience, usually in primary care or emergency medicine.  

Click here for more detailed information about clinical requirements required to apply to the program. 

 

English Language Proficiency (ELP)

Demonstration of English proficiency is required of all non-native English speakers. All applicants for whom English is not their first language must submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) prior to the application deadline. Minimum TOEFL score is 92. Competitive applicants will be fluent in English (both written and oral).  

Read more about ELP in Applicant Information

 

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

Due to the pandemic, the GRE is waived for the 2021-2022 application cycle.

Typically, GRE scores are required and must be no older than 5 years. Official scores must be sent directly to CASPA using code 0548 and should be self-reported on the CASPA application. MEDEX has not placed a minimum required score on the GRE, but encourages applicants to prepare to score well on the exam. The GRE is not required for applicants with a prior master’s degree earned at a regionally accredited institution. After being accepted to MEDEX, students will also be asked to submit GRE scores to the UW Graduate School.

Letters of Reference

A minimum of three (3) letters of reference are recommended with a maximum of five (5) letters allowed through the CASPA application. Letters of reference from a physician assistant, a physician, and a person who can speak to the applicant’s academic potential are strongly preferred. Letters from prior employers, professional colleagues, and mentors are also acceptable. Letters of reference should speak directly to the applicant’s alignment with the mission and goals of our program.

Military Applicants

Veterans are required to complete the Military sections, as well as submit a DD214. Active Duty and those in the National Guard and Reserves are also required to complete the Military sections of the application. To request copies of a DD214 and other proof of service documents please visit the Veterans Service Records web site. 

Personal Statements

Applicants are required to submit a personal statement on the CASPA application. This is limited to 5,000 characters and asks the applicant to describe why they want to be a Physician Assistant.

MEDEX General Statement

Applicants are required to submit a program-specific statement (limited to 1,000 characters). This asks the applicant to describe what makes them a good fit for the MEDEX program, including contributing to the classroom and the PA profession; working with underserved healthcare communities; and demonstrating potential as a future PA leader.

International Medical Graduates (IMGs)

Applicants who completed previous medical education outside of the U.S. are required to submit a personal statement (no more than 500 words) describing how they plan to transition from being a physician or independent provider to being a PA.

Military applicants

Veterans and active members of service are given opportunity to write a personal statement (maximum of 500 words) that addresses which aspect of their profession or clinical Military experience prepared them to enter the MEDEX program and become a PA.

Reapplicants

Applicants who have applied within the last five (5) years are asked to submit a personal narrative (no more than 500 words) that describes what they have done to strengthen their application since previously applying.

Shadowing

Shadowing experience is preferred but not required. Shadowing provides applicants with a first-hand look at what it is like to practice as a PA. Shadowing experience in a variety of health care delivery settings (clinics, hospitals, nursing homes) and medical specialties is encouraged however, shadowing in primary care is strongly recommended. 

Experience with a variety of different health care providers is acceptable however spending time shadowing a mid-level provider such as a PA or NP is strongly preferred.

U.S. Residency Requirement

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or U.S. legal permanent residents to qualify for admission to the program. MEDEX will not sponsor any student visas.

 

Volunteerism

Volunteer hours are preferred but not required as MEDEX Northwest continues its core mission to educate highly capable physician assistants who serve the community with uncompromising commitment and compassion. MEDEX students, graduates, faculty and staff are committed to providing access to care in local and regional communities.

 

Admissions Contact Information

 

Admission Office for all MEDEX campuses

MEDEX Northwest
4311 11th Avenue NE,
Suite 200 Seattle, WA 98105
Telephone 206.616.4001
E-mail: medex@uw.edu

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