Admitted Students: Class of 2021

Congratulations on your offer of admission to the Stanford School of Medicine's Master of Science in PA Studies Program!


What to do next:

1. Notify the Program of your decision by email by the date noted on the invitation (

All candidates offered admission must inform the Program of their decision to accept or decline their offer by the date noted on their offer of admission letter.


2. Submit seat deposit within 2 weeks

Please submit your $1,000 non-refundable deposit to secure your seat in the Program within 2 weeks of the date on your offer of admission letter.  Your deposit will be applied toward your tuition upon matriculation.  Please refer to your Offer of Admission letter for the link to make this payment online.


3. Request official transcripts for receipt ASAP but no later than July 1

The Program must receive two copies of official transcripts from each school you attended by July 1.  Please have them sent to:

   Office of PA Education

   1265 Welch Road, Ste. 100

   Stanford, CA 94305


4.  Create a student account and finalize your acceptance online

Please visit the Graduate Admissions Office website to set up a student account, get your SUNet ID, and finalize your acceptance online.  Your unique ID number that is required to set up your student account  is located on your offer letter.

Please note:  if you already have a SUNetID and a University student or employee ID number, you will continue to use these credentials.  You do not need to set up anything new.


5. Apply for financial aid

If you require financial aid, please complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at  Please use the Stanford code of 001305 to ensure correct routing of your application.  Then, complete the Stanford Graduate Financial Aid Application on or after 3/1/2018 at  The University's financial aid office will not be able to review your application for aid until both of the above applications are completed.

Tuition for the 2018/2019 school year has been set as of March 15, 2018.  Applications for financial aid are now beginning to be reviewed.  Our financial aid office will begin generating award letters in late March.


6.  Register for student housing by visiting the Stanford Housing Office website.

Once you have created a SUNetID, you can apply for housing.  Housing registration opens on April 6; the deadline for the first round of applications is May 10.  The deadline for the second round is in early-to-mid July.


7.  Visit the Vaden Health Center website to learn about incoming student health requirements.

If you will be insured under Stanford's Cardinal Care health insurance plan, you must submit an "early start" form by July 11.  This will cover you during the month of August, since regular Cardinal Care coverage does not kick in until September 1.

The deadline to submit your medical information to the Vaden Health Center is July 31.


8.  Submit a copy of your BLS certification.

Students must be certified in Basic Life Support (BLS) by an authorized American Heart Association provider prior to the start of the school year.  Please e-mail the Student Life Officer a copy of your AHA BLS certification by August 15th.  For those not familiar with BLS, it is the CPR class for healthcare students and people who work in healthcare settings.


9.  Mark your calendar for the start of school.  

 Orientation begins Wednesday, August 22, and classes begin on Monday, August 27, 2018.


10. Wait to buy your medical equipment.

You will be required to purchase medical equipment for the Practice of Medicine (POM) course: POM is the course in which you will learn and gradually develop your clinical skills, including patient interviewing, physical examination, and clinical reasoning. Since the POM course does not start until later in September, it is not essential that you purchase medical equipment in advance of your arrival on campus. We will have representatives on campus early in the academic year for you to select and purchase your equipment.  However, if you must purchase before then, here are some guidelines on what will be required for the course:


•    Stethoscope: Your stethoscope will be provided to you through the generosity of the Stanford Medicine Alumni Association, at a ceremony during orientation that is the first of many milestone events that will mark your entry into the medical profession. 

•    Penlight

 •   Tuning forks (128 Hz for vibration assessment)

•    Reflex hammer (Note: the key to reflexes is not a bigger hammer, but more practice of the technique. Thus any reflex hammer will be fine. For future reference, the Queen Square reflex hammer is recommended in the Medicine and Neurology clerkships.

•    Oto-ophthalmoscope.  As students, you will be required to purchase a kit that you can bring with you to practice sessions, different sites and patient visits. There are three versions of the ophthalmoscope.  1) The pocket version is small, convenient to carry, less expensive, and easy to use with practice; 2) The larger, standard size can be easier to use, but is more expensive. Most clinics have these large models mounted on walls; 3) The panoptic version is the largest model, most expensive, and least frequently used.