Admissions

COVID-19 and Admissions at George Fox

The George Fox admissions office 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 may be offered virtually until in-person classes can safely resume.

For additional information, visit the university's main COVID-19 response page.

We look forward to connecting with you!

PA Admissions Handbook

Rolling Admissions Timeline

  • Applications open: April 30, 2020
  • Interviews: June 29; July 13; Aug. 10, 24; Sept. 26; or Oct. 24, 2020*
  • Application deadline: Oct. 1, 2020
  • Orientation (required): Jan. 6-8, 2021
  • First day of class: Jan. 11, 2021

*Interview dates may change in response to COVID-19.

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CASPA Quadrants

The CASPA (Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants) application is broken into quadrants. Below is an outline of what to expect and some helpful notes specific to our program.

Personal Information

Basic background information, including biographic and contact information, citizenship, race and ethnicity, and other information. Some questions are optional.

Academic History
  • Send official transcripts directly to CASPA
  • Standardized tests
Supporting Information
  • Evaluations - (1) Academic and (2) Professional, preferred to be from a healthcare professional
  • Experiences - While volunteer and paid healthcare experience is not required, consider our Admissions Worksheet and Admissions Handbook to understand how the Admissions Committee rank these experiences. It will be in the applicant's best interest to clearly outline duties performed.
Program Materials
  • Prerequisite Courses - The Admissions Worksheet and Admissions Handbook provide a list of courses that meet our requirements.
  • School Specific Questions - We do not provide supplementary questions or a supplementary application.

Once Your Application is Verified in CASPA

The Admissions Committee will review and consider applications as they are received.

» Learn more about interviewing and selection

Admissions Table of Contents


Application Requirements

CASPA

The George Fox Master of Medical Science (PA) program’s application cycle will open at the end of April 2020, and run through Oct. 31, 2020, via the Central Application Service for PA (CASPA).

To be precise, George Fox will accept completed applications through Oct. 1, 2020. Interviews will end prior to Oct. 31, 2020, and all seats will be offered by October 31, 2020. The first cohort will matriculate in January 2021.

CASPA is an online application clearing house. As of March 2019, the cost for a CASPA application is $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 here. 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, prerequisite course aptitude, standardized testing score (GRE), paid healthcare experience, provider shadowing, and volunteerism. Additional detail on each is listed here.

Transcripts

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

Bachelor's Degree Standards

A bachelor’s degree, from a U.S. regionally accredited institution is required to apply.  A candidate may apply prior to meeting this requirement provided they can complete it by Oct. 1 preceding matriculation.  To do this, official transcripts (sealed) from the college or university, confirming the degree must be received by George Fox's MMSc program by Oct. 31 (preceding matriculation). If a selected candidate does not meet this deadline, he or she will relinquish their seat.

Minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) Standards

The minimum GPA to apply is a CUMULATIVE (ALL COURSE WORK) OF 3.0 (or B; B- is not acceptable). Upon written request, George Fox will consider an applicant whose cumulative GPA falls below 3.0, provided their last 60 semester hours of academic work (undergraduate or graduate) produced a 3.3 or higher GPA. Prerequisites (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. NOTE:   NOTE:  In response to academic changes related to covid-19, GFU will accept pass/fail grades for courses taken during the 2020 calendar year (for cohort matriculating in January 2021). A 3.0 course GPA, however, is still the minimum GPA standard for each prerequisite graded on a 4.0 scale.

Prerequisite Courses 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) requirement. It is recommended prerequisite courses be completed within last five to seven years.  NOTE:  In response to academic changes related to covid-19, GFU will accept pass/fail grades for courses taken during the 2020 calendar year (for cohort matriculating in January 2021). A 3.0 course GPA, however, is still the minimum GPA standard for each prerequisite graded on a 4.0 scale.

Applicants with up to one remaining prerequisite may apply provided they complete the course with a 3.0 or higher GPA (or pass) – before the first day of October preceding matriculation. If selected, official transcripts (sealed) from the college or university must be received by George Fox's MMSc program by Oct. 31 (preceding matriculation) or a selected candidate will relinquish his/her seat.

Prerequisite courses:

  • 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)

The GRE is required (within five years of the application date) for admission.  The maximum point value for the GRE is 5 points.  NOTE: In response to the covid-19 pandemic, the GRE is waived during the 2020 application cycle (for cohort matriculating in January 2021).  All applicants (during this cycle) will receive 5 points in this category. 

Paid Healthcare Experience

A minimum number of patient care hours are not required for admittance into the program. However, a point value for paid healthcare experience is added to the applicant's overall score. To receive points for paid healthcare 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 healthcare 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

Volunteerism

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/Big Sisters, etc.), however, is added to the applicant's 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 volunteer hours, 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.

TOEFL

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 the George Fox graduate admissions office 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* who meet ALL the PA program’s admission requirements (as outlined throughout this page and in the GFU PA admissions handbook) will be invited for an interview. To be considered under this article, however, the applicant must submit transcripts** on or before Aug. 30 of the application cycle. An invitation to interview does not guarantee admittance to the program. 

* Reservists/guard members must be in good standing; separated or retired veterans must produce a DD214 showing an honorable discharge. 

** Military applicants may have met some prerequisite course requirements in their military training. For example, the USAF Pararescue Airman completed 12 semester hours of Emergency Medicine, 4 semester hours of Anatomy and Physiology, and 3 semester hours of Psychology.  This training is represented on the Airman's Community College of the Air Force transcripts.  Therefore, the GFU PA program requires military applicants to submit military training transcripts (Air Force, Navy, Army, Marines, Coast Guard) to CASPA and recommend that you download an unofficial copy for yourself or request an additional copy be sent to your home address for your personal records.  Transcripts are available at the following links:

(Please note: if the transcript links prompt you with a security warning, simply accept the security certificate or follow the instructions to add an exception to your browser.)

Note:  Although the minimum passing grade for military training is a C, which is below the B (3.0) mark for non-military applicants, GFU recognizes the equivalent grade within this training (A, B, or C) cannot be determined.  Given that, the GFU PA Admissions Committee agreed to accept the pass grade "as is."  The cumulative 3.0 GPA, for all courses taken (military and non military), still applies.

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 a percentage value (total points earned divided by the maximum potential). The PA admissions committee will review all applicants meeting minimum requirements and either (1) invite 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 (quantitative) 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 quantitative 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) invite 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):

Bachelor's Degree

Minimum Requirements National Average/Goal
Mandatory

Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA)

(Pass/fail courses taken after January 2020 are accepted during this application cycle)
Minimum Cumulative GPA National Average/Goal Potential Points
3.0 3.49 20

Science Aptitude

(Pass/fail courses taken after January 2020 are accepted during this application cycle)
National Average/Goal: Combined 3.51 GPA
Potential Points: 30
Item Minimum GPA Requirements
Science Aptitude 3.0
Anatomy and Physiology with lab I 3.0
Anatomy and Physiology with lab II 3.0
Anatomy and Physiology with lab II 3.0
General Biology with Lab 3.0
Other Biology 3.0
Microbiology 3.0
General Chemistry with Lab 3.0
Other Chemistry 3.0
Introduction to Psychology 3.0
Statistics 3.0

Graduate Record Evaluation (GRE) - Waived until further notice. All applicants will recieve 5 points.

No Minimum Requirements
Potential Points: 5
Item National Average/Goal
Verbal Reasoning 152
Quantitative Reasoning 153
Writing 4

Paid Health Care Experience

Minimum Requirements National Average/Goal Potential Points
No Minimum 4,019 Hours 15

Volunteerism

Minimum Requirements National Average/Goal Potential Points
No Minimum 618 Hours 25

Letters of Reference (Professional)

Minimum Requirements National Average/Goal Potential Points
Three Letters N/A 5
Item Minimum Requirements National Average/Goal Your Results Potential Points
Bachelor's Degree Mandatory N/A
Cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) 3.0 Cumulative GPA

3.49

(Pass/fail courses taken after January 2020 are accepted during this application cycle)

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

(Pass/fail courses taken after January 2020 are accepted during this application cycle)

30
Graduate Record Evaluation (GRE) - Waived until further notice.  All applicants will recieve 5 points. 
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Writing

 

 

  • No Minimum
  • No Minimum
  • No Minimum

 

 

  • 152
  • 153
  • 4

5

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 Oct. 1, 2020. Interviews will begin in June and be completed before Oct. 31. All admissions decisions will be made by Oct. 31, 2020.

By using this approach, it is possible to fill all available seats prior to the Oct. 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 George Fox 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, local physicians, PAs and healthcare 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.

NOTE:  Should Oregon's Covid-19 'stay home' order remain in effect, interview concepts will be adjusted and will occur in a Zoom like format with a 'one applicant per interview team' meeting.  In this scenario, will still be evaluated based on (1) character, (2) communication skills, (3) professionalism, and (4) adaptability.  As we approach our interview dates, a decision will be made on which interview concept will be used, based on Covid-19 restrictions. 

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 healthcare experience, PA shadowing hours, and volunteerism.

Applicants will be evaluated via a series of short, carefully timed interview stations and one essay station. At day's end, the committee will:

  • Tally candidate scores from the interview process using a Post Interview Matrix and rank applicants in order of score.
  • The "pre-screen matrix" and "post screen matrix" will be combined and the selection committee will discuss the applicants.
  • The committee will select up to three candidates on the day of the interview.
  • The remaining candidate applications 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 (a) admit now, (b) continue wait list, or (c) 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 Oct. 1 (verified by Oct. 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 section 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 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:

  • Observation
  • Communication
  • Motor
  • Intellectual-conceptual, integrative, and quantitative abilities, and
  • 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.

Observation

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

Communication

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.

Motor

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 George Fox MMSc. (PA) program does not permit its students to work (paid or voluntary) for the program.
  • George Fox 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 George Fox MMSc. program, the following conditions must be completed by Nov. 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 admissions 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 George Fox official PANCE report. 

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

PANCE: First-Time Pass Rate
When Assessed Desired Result
First Year National Average
PANCE: Cumulative Pass rate
When Assessed Desired Result
Yearly National Average

PA Employment (Service)

George Fox Graduate PAs Employed in Oregon
When Assessed Desired Result
Yearly 41% (Data Based)
George Fox Graduate PAs Employed in Primary Care Practice (family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics)
When Assessed Desired Result
Yearly 36% (Data Based)
George Fox Graduate PAs Employed in Underserved Population or Area
When Assessed Desired Result
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.)
When Assessed Desired Result
Yearly 50% (Entry Goal)
George Fox Graduate PAs Serving in Areas Outside Local Community (one developing country medical mission a year)
When Assessed Desired Result
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.)
When Assessed Desired Result
Yearly 25% (Entry Goal)
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

Download the PA admissions handbook

Admissions Counselor

Cristina Schmitt

Cristina Schmitt

Admissions Counselor, School of Medical Science (PA)

Admissions Counselor, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Schedule Appointment

503-554-6097

cschmitt@georgefox.edu