COVID-19 and Admissions at George Fox

George Fox Admissions is taking steps to protect the health of our campus community and prospective students. In accordance with the Oregon governor’s "Stay Home, Save Lives" campaign, admissions counselors are working remotely. While we cannot offer in-person visits for now, admissions counselors are still available by email, phone or video if you have any questions or need assistance.

We are still accepting applications for programs starting this summer and fall. Classes will be offered virtually until in-person classes can safely resume.

If you are applying, please send application materials by email and ask your previous schools to send official transcripts electronically directly to George Fox, rather than sending them by mail.

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Application Requirements


The George Fox Master of Medical Science (PA) program’s application cycle will open at the end of April 2020, and run through October 31, 2020, via the Central Application Service for PA (CASPA). To be precise, GFU will accept COMPLETED applications through October 1, 2020; Interviews will end prior to October 31, 2020; all seats will be offered by October 31, 2020.  The first cohort will matriculate in January 2021. CASPA is an online application clearing house located at  As of March 2019, the cost for a CASPA application was $179 for the first program you apply to. If you submit to other programs before the first e-delivery of your application, each additional program is $45. If you submit to other programs after the first e-delivery of your application, each additional program is $52. As a general rule, CASPA does not refund application fees. Information related to CASPA fees can be found at . The link between the George Fox MMSc program, CASPA, and student candidates will be managed by the MMSc program’s Admissions Coordinator.

Admission Requirements

Applicants are evaluated on multiple criteria to include overall academic aptitude, pre-requisite course aptitude, standardized testing score (GRE), paid health care experience, provider shadowing, and volunteerism. Additional detail on each is listed here.


All transcripts must be submitted and support completion of a bachelor’s degree and required science prerequisites.

Bachelor's Degree and Associated Academic Standards

A bachelor’s degree, from a U.S. regionally accredited institution with a 3.0 cumulative GPA minimum (or B; B- is not acceptable) is required to matriculate. A candidate may apply prior to meeting this requirement provided they can complete it by October 1 preceding matriculation. To do this, official transcripts [sealed] from the college or university (confirming the degree and cumulative 3.0 GPA) must be received by GFU’s MMSc program by October 31 (preceding matriculation). If a selected candidate does not meet this deadline, he or she will relinquish their seat. Upon written request, GFU will consider an applicant whose cumulative GPA falls below 3.0 provided their last 60 SH of academic work produced a 3.0 or higher GPA. Pre-requisites (see below) must still meet the 3.0 per course requirement. Note: The average cumulative GPA for all programs in the U.S. is 3.49.

Prerequisite Courses and Associated Academic Standards

All prerequisite courses must be taken at a U.S. regionally accredited institution and EACH course must meet a minimum 3.0 GPA (or B; B- is not acceptable) requirements (prerequisite course completion recommended within last 5 to 7 years). Applicants with up to one remaining prerequisites may apply provided they complete the course with a 3.0 or higher GPA – before the first day of October preceding matriculation (if selected, official transcripts [sealed] from the college or university must be received by GFU’s MMSc program by October 31 (preceding matriculation) or a selected candidate will relinquish his/her seat).

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology I & II - Lecture and Lab (8 semester hours) OR Human Anatomy with Lab (4 semester hours) and Human Physiology (3 semester hours) Note: Successful completion of the Special Operations Combat Medic Course meets the Anatomy and Physiology requirement.
  • General Biology with Lab (4 semester hours)
  • Other Biology (3 semester hours)
  • Microbiology (3 semester hours)
  • General Chemistry with Lab (4 semester hours)
  • Other Chemistry (3 semester hours)
  • Introductory to Psychology or higher (3 semester hours)
  • Statistics (3 semester hours)
  • Medical Terminology is highly recommended

Note: (1) All labs must be completed in person (no online labs are accepted). (2) Survey courses (100) do not meet prerequisite requirements.

Prerequisite Worksheet

Graduate Review Evaluation (GRE)

Given recent events, the GRE will not be required for the 2020 cohort application cycle.  All applicants will receive full GRE value on their application. 

Paid health care experience

A minimum number of patient care hours are not required for admittance into the program. However, a point value for paid health care experience is added to the applicants overall score. To receive points for paid health care experience it must be from a paid position(s) and not volunteer work or an academic internship. Exceptions include work as a paramedic or EMT when all emergency services are provided only on an all-volunteer basis.  Note:  Clinical experience gained through a training program, as a student, does not count as paid health care experience. Note: The average number of patient contact hours for a PA Applicant (based on data from all U.S. PA programs) is 4,019 hours.

Common, Competitive, Direct Patient Care Experience Examples

  • Military (medic, corpsman, pararescueman, SERE specialist)
  • Emergency medicine (EMT, paramedic, ER technician)
  • Nursing (registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, certified nursing asst)
  • Respiratory therapist
  • Medical assistant, Community health aid/practitioner

Other Acceptable Allied Health Experience Examples

  • Mental health practitioner
  • Laboratory/medical technician
  • Radiology technician
  • Clinical research
  • Chiropractor
  • Emergency room or clinical scribe

 Positions NOT Meeting Direct Patient Care Prerequisite

  • Medical billing
  • Medical records
  • Medical interpretation
  • Medical transcriptionist
  • Patient scheduler
  • Anything considered administrative in nature


A minimum number of PA Volunteer hours are not required for admittance into the program.

  • A point value for volunteerism (mission work, soup kitchen, big brothers/sisters, etc.), however, is added to the applicants overall score. Note:  For every one week on a medical mission, the applicant receives 70 hours of volunteerism.
  • Military veterans (with a DD214 showing honorable discharge) will receive the maximum volunteerism value.
Note: the average number of volunteerism: based on data from all U.S. PA programs is 423 hours

Letters of recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required (each from a professional source (employer, teacher, and similar); they should not be from a relation or close family friend).


An applicant whose native language is not English and who does not have a full year (two semesters) of composition or its equivalent in English studies must demonstrate skills in English understanding and use.  Recent scores on the Test of English and Foreign Language (TOEFL) normally suffice.  TOEFL scores should be submitted with the CASPA application or directly to GFU Graduate Admissions when CASPA is not used.  Satisfactory scores are based on the testing format and include:

  • Internet-based TOEFL: Score of 100 with a minimum score of 20 on each section.
  • A total score of 600 on the paper TOEFL, with a score of 55 on the Listening Comprehension.
  • A total score of 250 on the computer-based TOEFL.
  • A level 112 from the ELS Language Centers or other recognized evidence may be considered satisfactory, pending the Admissions Committee approval.

Special Considerations

All George Fox University graduates and military veterans (reservists/guard members must be in good standing; separated or retired veterans must produce a DD214 showing an honorable discharge) – who meet the PA Program’s admission requirements – will be invited for an interview.  To be considered under this article, however, an application must be received on our before August 30 of the application cycle.  An invitation to interview does not guarantee admittance to the program.

Advance Placement Policy

All George Fox courses must be taken as part of the PA cohort, and no advanced placement options are available.

Interview and Selection

Application Review

Applicant requirements are reviewed, scored, and converted to percentage value (total points earned divided by the maximum potential).  The GFU PA Admissions Committee will review all applicants meeting minimum requirements and either (1) invited to interview, (2) put on hold, or (3) deny an interview.  Each of the items on the applicant spreadsheet will be given a weighted point value (based on preset objective criteria) and the combined score will be used to rank candidates for interview (pre-screen matrix). The higher your score, the better your odds of being interviewed.  For example:

  • Cumulative GPA scoring ranges from 10 points for a 3.0 GPA up to 25 points for a 3.7 or higher GPA.
  • Science aptitude (combined courses; must have 3.0 in each) scoring ranges from 15 points for a 3.0 GPA up to 30 points for a 3.7 or higher GPA.
  • Although there is no minimum GRE requirement to apply, scoring ranges start at 0 for a score below 153 (verbal), below 152 (quantatative) and 0 for writing of 3 or below.  The highest GRE score available is 2 for a verbal score of 165 or higher, 2 for a quantative score of 165 or higher and 1 for a writing score of 5 to 6.  The total GRE potential value is 5 points.  NOTE:  GRE is not required during the 2020 application cycle.
  • Letters of recommendation are required and are reviewed.  Combined, they have a 5 point value.
  • There is no minimum for volunteerism but like other items shown here, volunteerism points range from zero to 25. 
  • Finally, paid health care experience, although not required has an assigned value in our application.  A value of 5 points is assigned for 250 to 1,000 hours; 10 points for 1,001 to 2,000 hours; and 15 points for over 2,000 hours.

Pre-Screen Scoring Matrix

The George Fox MMSc admissions committee will review all applicants meeting minimum requirements and either (1) invited to interview, (2) put on hold, or (3) deny an interview. Applicant scoring is based on the following (the national average of the PA applicant is provided for reference only):

Item Minimum Requirements National Average/Goal Your Results Potential Points
Bachelor's Degree 3.0 Cumulative GPA 3.56 Cumulative GPA 20
Science Aptitude
  • Anatomy and Physiology with lab I
  • Anatomy and Physiology with lab II
  • General Biology with Lab
  • Other Biology
  • Microbiology
  • General Chemistry with Lab
  • Other Chemistry
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Statistics
3.0 Minimum
  • 3.0 GPA
  • 3.0 GPA
  • 3.0 GPA
  • 3.0 GPA
  • 3.0 GPA
  • 3.0 GPA
  • 3.0 GPA
  • 3.0 GPA
  • 3.0 GPA
Combined 3.51 GPA 30
Graduate Record Evaluation (GRE)
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Writing

  • No Minimum
  • No Minimum
  • No Minimum

  • 152
  • 153
  • 4

Not required


Paid Health Care Experience No Minimum 4,019 Hours 15
Volunteerism No Minimum 618 Hours 25
Letters of Reference (Professional) Three Letters N/A 5

Interview Timeline

Each of the items on the applicant spreadsheet will be given a weighted point value (based on preset objective criteria) and the combined score will be used to rank candidates for interview (pre-screen matrix).  The higher your score, the better your odds of being interviewed. 

Completed applications are accepted through October 1, 2020.  Interviews will begin in June and be completed before October 31. All admissions decisions will be made by October 31, 2020.  By using this approach, it is possible to fill all available seats prior to the October 31 date.  Therefore, it is to your advantage to submit a completed application (via CASPA) as early in the process as possible! The longer you wait to submit an application (even though prior to the deadline), the greater your risk that no class seats will be available, or that only a few will remain. Once the class is full, remaining applications will be evaluated for an alternate list.

Interview Process

An invitation to interview does not guarantee acceptance into the program.  The GFU Program uses a rolling admissions process. Therefore, applicants who qualify for an interview may be invited to the next available scheduled interview date.  Program faculty (program director, medical director and principal faculty), adjunct faculty, and local physicians, PAs, and health care workers will make up the interview team.  Each will be trained on the interview process before the interview date and briefed on the scoring criteria before each interview session begins.

The interview day will begin with introductions, pictures and expectations for the day. Next, applicants will be evaluated via a series of short, carefully timed interview stations and one essay station. In general, each of these encounters will assess the candidate’s character, communication skills, professionalism, and adaptability.

Candidate Selection

The Program Admissions Committee applicant-scoring matrix used includes the applicant’s bachelor’s degree GPA, science aptitude GPA, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, paid health care experience, PA shadowing hours, and volunteerism. The program faculty (program director, medical director and principal faculty), adjunct faculty, and local physicians, PAs, and health care workers may make up the interview team. Applicants will be evaluated via a series of short, carefully timed interview stations and one essay station. At the days end, the Program Admissions Committee will (1) tally candidate scores from the interview process using a ‘Post Interview Matrix’ and rank applicants in order of score. (2) Next, the ‘pre-screen matrix’ and ‘post screen matrix’ will be combined and the selection committee will discuss the applicants. (3) The committee will select up to three candidates on the day of the interview. (4) The remaining will be set aside and reviewed again in approximately two weeks and at that time placed in one of three categories: (a) admit now – these candidates will receive a formal offer for a seat in the Program within four weeks of completing the interview; (b) alternate list (wait list) – these candidates will be formally notified – by email – within four weeks of completing the interview. Each wait-listed candidate will be reviewed at the two-week mark of all future interviews. At that time, their status will be updated to (i) admit now, (ii) continue wait list, or (iii) declined; (c) Declined – these individuals will be notified within four weeks of the interview process.

Letters of acceptance may have conditions to matriculate.  In this situation, the offer and conditions of acceptance will be detailed in the letter.  An example would be acceptance of a student who must complete a required prerequisite course by October 1 (verified by October 31) prior to matriculating into the program. In this case, their acceptance would be pending successful completion of the prerequisite course.  For details on what is required, see 'post acceptance requirements' below.

Conflict of Interest

Faculty members must use their professional integrity and excuse themselves from interviewing, ranking, or selecting candidates whom they have a significant relationship with. This may include but is not limited to: family members, friends, family friends, acquaintances of individuals they know well, and those whom they have established professional relationships within other settings.

Technical Standards for Enrollment

George Fox University student candidates must possess the capacity to complete the entire curriculum to achieve the Master of Medical Science degree.  The curriculum requires demonstrated skills in (1) observation, (2) communication, (3) motor, (4) intellectual-conceptual, integrative, and quantitative abilities, and (5) behavioral and social attributes. Candidates offered a seat in the program are required to sign this testament, verifying understanding and that they meet these Standards.  In the event an applicant is unable to fulfill these technical standards prior to or any time after admission, with or without reasonable accommodation, the student will not be allowed to enter or progress within the program.


The candidate must be able to:

  • Observe demonstrations, visual presentations in lectures and laboratories, laboratory evidence and microbiologic cultures, microscopic studies of microorganisms and tissues in normal and pathologic states
  • Observe a patient accurately at a distance and close at hand
  • Use the sense of vision, somatic sensation, and smell as part of the observation process.


A candidate should be able to:

  • Communicate professionally, effectively, and sensitively with patients and families
  • Communicate professionally, effectively, and efficiently in oral and written forms with all members of the healthcare team
  • Be able to speak, hear, and observe patients in order to elicit information, perceive nonverbal communications, and describe changes in mood, activity, and posture
  • Utilize speech, reading, writing, and computers as part of the communication process. In addition, candidates must possess the skills necessary to communicate effectively in small and large group discussions.


Candidates must have sufficient motor skills and coordination to:

  • Execute the movement required to provide patient care such as palpitation, auscultation, percussion, and other diagnostic maneuvers
  • Execute movements required to provide general care and emergency treatment to patients. These skills require coordination of gross and fine muscular movement, equilibrium, and sensation.
  • Manipulate equipment and instruments necessary to perform basic laboratory tests and procedures required to attain curricular goals (e.g. needles, stethoscope, ophthalmoscope, tongue blades, intravenous equipment, gynecologic speculum, and scalpel)
  • Transport themselves from one location to another in a timely fashion in order to facilitate patient care responsibilities and receive educational training.

Intellectual-Conceptual, Integrative and Quantitative Abilities

Candidates must be able to:

  • Comprehend three-dimensional relationships and the spatial relationship of structures
  • Collect, organize, prioritize, analyze, and assimilate large amounts of technically detailed and complex information within a limited time frame. This information will be presented in a variety of educational settings, including lectures, small group discussions, and individual clinical settings.
  • Analyze, integrate, and apply information appropriately for problem solving and decision-making.

Behavioral and Social Attributes

Candidates must have:

  • Emotional health, maturity, sensitivity, intellectual ability, and good judgment needed to complete all responsibilities associated with the diagnosis and care of patients
  • The ability to tolerate physical, mental, and emotional stress associated with training and the profession
  • Qualities of adaptability, flexibility and be able to function in the face of uncertainty
  • A high level of compassion for others, motivation to serve, integrity, and a consciousness of social values
  • Sufficient interpersonal skills to interact positively with people from all levels of society, all ethnic backgrounds, and all belief systems
  • The ability to accept criticism and respond by appropriate modification of behavior.

In the event an applicant is unable to fulfill these technical standards prior to or any time after admission, with or without reasonable accommodation, the student will not be allowed to enter or progress within the program.

Student Employment

The PA program strongly discourages students from being employed while enrolled and does not make exceptions or alterations to required course work, scheduling, or rotation assignments for individual students due to employment. Employment status while in the program will not be used to excuse absence from scheduled learning activities, justify poor performance, or be considered as a mitigating factor when assessing students’ academic and professional progress.

  • The GFU MMSc. (PA) Program does not permit its students to work (paid or voluntary) for the Program.
  • GFU MMSc. (PA) students will not substitute for or function as instructional faculty (paid or volunteer).
    • Students with specific prior knowledge, experiences, and skills may assist faculty (provided faculty approval and oversight) and share that knowledge and skill set during didactic and laboratory sessions.
    • Students may not be the primary instructor or instructor of record for any component of the program curriculum.
    • Students may not participate in the primary assessment of other students, except as indicated in the student reflection activities.
  • During supervised clinical experiences, students may not substitute for clinical or administrative staff and must ensure all services provided to patients are directly supervised. Students may not accept compensation for any services provided during supervised clinical experiences unless specifically approved by the DCE (e.g. housing stipend)

Post Selection Requirements

Non-Refundable Deposit

Candidates who accept a seat must pay a $1,000 non-refundable deposit within two weeks of notification of acceptance in order to hold their place in the cohort. This deposit will be applied toward first semester tuition costs. Accepted candidates who do not pay the $1,000 deposit within the required time frame (two weeks) forfeit their seat.

Post-Selection Requirements

Once accepted into the GFU MMSc Program, the following conditions must be completed by November 30, 2020 in order to matriculate into the program.  Candidates who fail to complete these requirements by the deadline will relinquish his/her seat and it will be offered to an alternate.  These requirements will be coordinated by the GFU admission team and handled by an outside vender that works with the admissions director.  Requirements include:

  • Background Search (estimated at $150 for each occurrence):
    • Criminal Activity
    • Sex Offender Registry
    • National Healthcare Fraud and Abuse
    • Residence History
    • Social Security Alerts
  • Twelve (12) Panel Urine Drug Screen (estimated at $41 for each occurrence)
  • Compliance Verification (estimated at $35 per occurrence)
    • Signed Technical Standards Form
    • Immunization Status Verification
    • Tuberculosis Screening Results
    • CPR Certification
    • Health Insurance Policy (showing current status)
    • Signed Release Form allowing GFU to Provide Preceptors with Status or Results of Immunizations, TB Screening, Drug Screening, and Background Check
  • Mandatory HIPAA and OSHA Certification (estimated at $15 per year)

PANCE Results

Students who successfully complete the Master of Medical Science (PA) program will be eligible to become licensed through the PA National Certifying Exam (PANCE). The first cohort will test in the spring of 2023. Once results are available, they will summarized below with a direct link to the GFU official PANCE report available via this hyperlink, official PANCE Report. 

Class First Time Takers Program Aggregate National Average
2022 Cohort Published Mid 2023 Published Mid 2023 Published Mid 2023
2023 Cohort Published Mid 2024 Published Mid 2024 Published Mid 2024
2024 Cohort Published Mid 2025 Published Mid 2025 Published Mid 2025
2025 Cohort Published Mid 2026 Published Mid 2026 Published Mid 2026
2026 Cohort Published Mid 2027 Published Mid 2027 Published Mid 2027

Goal Attainment

In addition to its mission, values, and goals, the George Fox Master of Medical Science (PA) program has established graduate goals/benchmarks. Following graduation of the inaugural cohort (and annually thereafter), alumni will be surveyed to determine the program's goal attainment. George Fox will start gathering benchmark goal data in mid-2023. The following benchmarks will be measured.

PANCE Pass Rates (knowledge) When Assessed Desired Result
PANCE: First-Time Pass Rate First Year National Average
PANCE: Cumulative Pass rate Yearly National Average
PA Employment (Service)
George Fox Graduate PAs Employed in Oregon Yearly 41% (Data Based)
George Fox Graduate PAs Employed in Primary Care Practice (family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics) Yearly 36% (Data Based)
George Fox Graduate PAs Employed in Underserved Population or Area Yearly 8% (Data Based)
Leadership/Volunteerism (Compassion; Leadership)
George Fox Graduate PAs Involved in the Community (search and rescue, community emergency response team, volunteer fire department, free clinic volunteer, health center volunteer, etc.) Yearly 50% (Entry Goal)
George Fox Graduate PAs Serving in Areas Outside Local Community (one developing country medical mission a year) Yearly 50% (Entry Goal)
George Fox Graduate PAs in a Leadership Role in the PA Profession (leadership role in AAPA, NCCPA, state medical board, etc.) Yearly 25% (Entry Goal)

Admissions Handbook

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Admissions Counselor

Cristina Schmitt

Cristina Schmitt

Admissions Counselor, School of Medical Science (PA)

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