Program Statistics

For a program-specific breakdown by degree, please look at the following.

MEDEX Admissions Statistics

A total of 856 candidates submitted applications for acceptance to MEDEX Northwest in 2013. 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 50% of those interviewed were accepted to begin courses in 2013.

Reapplicant vs. New Applicant

New students accepted  in the 2012-2013 application cycle accounted for just over 74%, an increase over previous years, and the number of reapplicants accepted makes up more than 25% of the 2013 accepted class.

Gender Statistics

The gender breakdown of the total accepted class in 2013 was nearly evenly divided, with the percentage of men accepted to MEDEX Northwest being slightly higher at 52% of the class. This number is quite different than the national average, as women typically outnumber men accepted to PA programs.

Average Age

The age of MEDEX students ranges from 23 to 55 with the mean age of 32. 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 2013.

Regional Statistics

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 2013 from the WWAMI region is 85%.  Student accepted from Washington and Alaska make up the largest percentage at 78%, with students from Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho accounting for 7%. Students accepted from outside the region make up 15% of the 2013 incoming class.

Academic Backgrounds

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.

Military Statistics

The percentage of students with military experience selected for the 2013 entering class is 19%. While this number is more than double the national average it is a decrease from the MEDEX class accepted in the previous year.

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.


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