Admission Preferences

The Emory & Henry College School of Health Sciences’ Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program does provide admission preferences to individuals in the following categories:

  • Emory & Henry College Alumni
  • Individuals who have served their country via service in the Armed Forces, Public Health Service, AmeriCorps or with the Peace Corps (in order to receive a point award, candidates in this category must have served under honorable conditions and must provide documentation of service).
  • Long-term (>10 years) residents of Southwest Virginia *
  • Students from environmentally and economically disadvantaged backgrounds (as determined by CASPA)
  • Minority applicants
  • Candidates will be awarded points for up to two of the above categories; these points will be added to the candidate’s application score (see Selection Processes). All candidates, regardless of admission preferences, must meet the same admission requirements.

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*Emory & Henry PA Program defines Southwest Virginia as the following counties:

Alleghany County, Bedford County, Bland County, Botetourt County, Buchanan County, Carroll County, Craig County, Dickenson County, Floyd County, Franklin County, Giles County, Grayson County, Henry County, Lee County, Montgomery County, Patrick County, Pulaski County, Roanoke County, Rockbridge County, Russel County, Scott County, Smyth County, Tazewell County, Washington County, Wise County, and Wythe County

Southwest Virginia Counties Southwest Virginia Counties

If you live in one of these counties and wish to request the admission preference as a long-term (>10 years) resident of Southwest Virginia please denote on your CASPA application.


It is important to note that the above preferences in no way guarantee an admissions interview or acceptance into the program.

It is equally important to note that all competitive applicants, including those who do not fall into one of the above categories, will be considered for an admissions interview and acceptance into the program.