How to Apply


Applicants must have:

  • Graduated from an approved PA training program
  • Successfully completed the NCCPA certification exam prior to your start date
  • Must be eligible for North Carolina and DEA licensure

Application Requirements

  • Application - Download and complete the form
  • Official graduate program transcripts
  • Official copy of PANCE score - PANCE must be completed by October 1 of the application year
  • Three professional letters of recommendation
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement of less than two pages stating personal and professional goals

Application Timeline

  • May 15 – Application deadline
  • May 23 - Candidates will be invited to interview
  • June 5-7 - Candidate interviews will be conducted
  • July 1 - Candidate selection
  • January 8, 2024 - Program start date

Program admission is contingent upon the satisfactory completion of an employee health screening and the Duke University Hospital credentialing process.

All application documents should be scanned and emailed to no later than May 15. E-mail notification will be sent to applicants upon receipt of their complete application package.

Letters of Recommendation

At least one letter of recommendation should be from a health care professional with whom the applicant has worked. Letters should be written by those who can comment on the applicant's performance, potential, and professional goals (no friends or family members). The letters of recommendation should be sent directly from the professional writing the recommendation to


Applications will not be processed without receipt of all transcripts. Transcripts must be from all colleges and universities the applicant attended. Each transcript must be the original document and not a photocopy.

Please request that official, sealed transcripts be sent to you from your PA program and all colleges and universities that you have attended. Do not open the sealed envelopes.

Transcripts will also be accepted via email to directly from the institution.


All applications are screened by our admissions committee. The most qualified applicants will be invited for a virtual interview. From this group, a class of three will be selected. 

Evidence of academic potential, knowledge of the health care system, motivation, personal maturity, self-assurance, and good interpersonal skills will weigh strongly in the admissions decision.


All candidates will be notified in writing of the admission committee's decision.

Candidates who have been interviewed are notified of the admission committee's decision as early as ten days following the interview and no later than July 1.

Candidates confirm their place in the class by submitting the PA Residency Employment Agreement.

A ranked alternate list will be maintained for those candidates who have been interviewed for a position in the class. Should an accepted candidate withdraw from the program prior to the program start date, the position will be offered to the highest ranked candidate on the alternate list.


If you have any questions about admissions or the application process, please contact

All application documents should be scanned and emailed to no later than May 15.

If you have any questions about the clinical structure of the program, please contact the program director:

Ashley Britt, PA-C
Director, Physician Assistant Emergency Medicine Residency Program