For a program-specific breakdown by degree, please look at the following.
MEDEX Admissions Statistics
A total of 1294 candidates submitted applications for acceptance to MEDEX Northwest in 2016. 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 335 qualified master’s and bachelor’s candidates were interviewed, and approximately 40% of those interviewed were accepted to begin courses in 2016.
Reapplicant vs. New Applicant
New students accepted in the 2015-2016 application cycle accounted for nearly 70%, and the number of reapplicants accepted makes up more than 30% of the 2016 accepted class.
The gender breakdown of the total accepted class in 2016 was nearly evenly divided, with the percentage of women accepted to MEDEX Northwest being slightly higher at 51% of the class.
The age of MEDEX students ranges from 22 to 57 with the mean age of 31. 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 5.4 years in 2016.
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 2016 from the WWAMI region is 80%. Students accepted from Washington and Alaska make up the largest percentage at 68%, with students from Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho accounting for 12% – an increase in the number of accepted students from these states. Students accepted from outside the region make up 20% of the 2016 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.
Beginning in 2018, MEDEX will no longer be accepting students into the Bachelor’s degree option. All future MEDEX cohorts will be Master’s students only.
The percentage of students with military experience selected for the 2016 entering class is 15 %. 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.