Admission to the Program

The JMU PA Program admits one cohort of 32 students each year.  The cohort begins classes in the fall semester.  Students are selected through a competitive process that includes two separate applications  - one to the JMU Graduate School, and the second to the PA Program through CASPA. Applicants MUST complete both applications prior to the deadline in order to be considered.

For the 2021-22 cycle, the application process will open on April 29, 2021.  Competitive candidates who have submitted both the CASPA application and JMU Graduate School application by the deadline of July 15th will be invited for an on-campus interview.  Positions are offered on a rolling basis until the class is full.  Please note that the CASPA application must be complete by July 15th and verified by August 15th

Pre-application advising may be obtained as follows:

  1. For general information about the program and the application process, first read this website thoroughly.
  2. If you are currently a JMU student or live close to the university, attend an information session
  3. After familiarizing yourself with the general information, if you have questions specific to your own situation contact the PA Program for an in-person or telephone appointment.

Admissions Details

Application process and timeline prerequisites for admission the selection process
technical standards for admission information for foreign students frequently asked questions

Contact the PA Program at:

James Madison University 
Physician Assistant Program 
Department of Health Professions
235 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, MSC 4315
Health and Behavioral Studies Building
Harrisonburg, VA 22807 
Phone: (540) 568-2395
Fax: (540) 568-3336 

Additional information about the elements of the application and admission process can be found at: The Grad School

This program meets the educational requirements for licensure or certification in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Please refer to the JMU Professional Licensure Program Status by Jurisdiction Index to determine if this JMU program meets the educational requirements specified by the associated licensing or certification agency in the state or territory in which you are located while enrolled. You can also determine if the program meets the educational requirements specified by the licensing boards in other states and territories. Requirements vary by state and are subject to change. The information provided is current as of the review date indicated in the table.