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R-MC Partners With EVMS Physician Assistant Program

Oct 29, 2013

Professor and student discussing in lab coats.Randolph-Macon College President Robert R. Lindgren is pleased to announce that the college has established an Early Assurance Program (EAP) with the Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) Physician Assistant program.

“This unique pre-med partnership is yet another example of R-MC’s dedication to the sciences,” says Lindgren. “The Physician Assistant program at Eastern Virginia is one of the finest in the country, and I am proud that we can partner with prestigious schools such as EVMS and send our best and brightest students their way.”

The agreement guarantees admission into the Physician Assistant program to R-MC students who: maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher; complete seven of eight prerequisite courses as indicated on the Program’s EAP website by the time of application; are able to accumulate 500 hours of patient care experience before being accepted into the program; accumulate a total of 1000 hours of healthcare experience before matriculation into the program; and complete a successful interview with the Program Admissions Committee.

Students can apply to this highly competitive program after the first semester of their junior year. The EVMS Program Admissions Committee may extend an offer of admissions to up to five R-MC students annually.

“This agreement is yet one more way that Randolph-Macon College gives students The Edge in post-graduate opportunity,” says Provost William T. Franz. “We are very excited to provide this competitive advantage that our students have for admission to the Physician Assistant program. It attests to the high quality education that our students receive that prepares them for a host of career opportunities following graduation.”

Students also benefit from the advising and mentoring by R-MC’s Medical Careers Coordinator Josh Quinn.

“This is a well-defined career path for students interested in becoming a physician assistant,” says Quinn. “With its emphasis on successful career outcomes, our partnership with EVMS is an integral part of our Edge career preparation program.”

Jason Grahame, assistant professor and director of admissions for the Physician Assistant program at EVMS, is thrilled about the partnership with R-MC.

“This is the first of several arrangements which we are negotiating to help secure highly motivated and qualified applicants from respected institutions in the Commonwealth,” says Grahame. “We are pleased to create this connection with Randolph-Macon and look forward to a successful and enduring relationship. These future PAs will be critical to the delivery of high-quality, patient-centered healthcare, both locally and nationally.”

Randolph-Macon’s Pre-Health Program and Partnerships

Randolph-Macon is heavily committed to its Pre-Health Program, which has contributed to the successful health-related careers of students for more than 50 years and offers a strong foundation for a wide variety of medical fields. Students interested in pursuing an advanced degree in medicine, dentistry, nursing, veterinary science, physical therapy, and other health sciences benefit from R-MC’s strong alumni network.

In addition to the partnership with EVMS, R-MC has Guaranteed Admission Agreements with Virginia Commonwealth University and George Washington University School of Nursing Programs and medical school partnerships with GWU, Eastern Virginia Medical School, and Virginia Commonwealth University.

The Wornom Pre-Medicine Endowment, which provides full tuition scholarships to a limited number of extremely qualified science students, gives Randolph-Macon students a competitive advantage in their post-graduate pursuits in the medical field.