For a program-specific breakdown by degree, please look at the following.
MEDEX Admissions Statistics
A total of 884 candidates submitted applications for acceptance to MEDEX Northwest in 2014. Of the candidates who applied, the majority applied to the master’s degree option in Seattle or Spokane. In addition, the bachelor’s applicant pool increased slightly from the previous year. Over 270 qualified master’s and bachelor’s candidates were interviewed, and approximately 43% of those interviewed were accepted to begin courses in 2014.
Reapplicant vs. New Applicant
New students accepted in the 2013-2014 application cycle accounted for just nearly 70%, a slight decrease from previous years, and the number of reapplicants accepted makes up more than 30% of the 2014 accepted class.
The gender breakdown of the total accepted class in 2014 was nearly evenly divided, with the percentage of men accepted to MEDEX Northwest being slightly higher at 51% of the class – common for MEDEX classes. This number is quite different than the national average, as women typically outnumber men accepted to PA programs.
The age of MEDEX students ranges from 21 to 51 with the mean age of 33. This range in age is related to the total number of clinical experience hours required to meet MEDEX prerequisites. Students accepted to MEDEX tend to have a significant number of years in paid clinical positions, averaging 6.7 years in 2014.
MEDEX is a regional program with a long history of training students from Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho (WWAMI). The percentage of students accepted in 2014 from the WWAMI region is 80%. Student accepted from Washington and Alaska make up the largest percentage at 66%, with students from Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho accounting for 14% – an increase in the number of accepted students from these states. Students accepted from outside the region make up 20% of the 2014 incoming class.
All of the MCHS class accepted in either Seattle, WA or Spokane, WA have a prior bachelor’s degree or higher. The students accepted in the BCHS class offered in Tacoma, WA and Anchorage, AK have a wide range of academic backgrounds, and international medical graduates were accepted into both degree options. Successful MEDEX applicants accepted typically complete more than the minimum basic science prerequisites.
The percentage of students with military experience selected for the 2014 entering class is 27.5 %. This number is more than double the national average and is an increase in accepted students with military experience from the previous year. Traditionally, current and former military members make up 25% to 35% of each MEDEX class.
The history of the PA profession and MEDEX Northwest began with military medics and corpsmen. To continue this tradition of providing PA education to military medical personnel, MEDEX is committed to creating opportunities, to participating in outreach activities with a focus on building a strong military applicant pool, and to providing PA training to current and former military members.