James Madison University

Program Expenses

A cohort tuition model is used for students in the PA Program. The tuition for this group/cohort of students, and each cohort thereafter, will be set before the cohort begins the program and will remain the same throughout the seven semesters/28 months of the program. Tuition will not be subject to annual or periodic increases as students progress through the seven semesters/28 months of the PA curriculum.  This will allow candidates to better plan and project the cost of their education in the Program.

If students remain in the program beyond 7 semesters, they will be moved to a new cohort and will be charged tuition at the same rate applied to other students in that new cohort.

Tuition (for cohort beginning Fall 2019)


Tuition In-State Out of State
Didactic phase (16 months, 74 credits *) $46,250 $63,344
Clinical phase (12 months, 27 credits*) $16,875 $23,112
Total (28 months, 101 credits) $63,125 $86,456

*VA Residents @ $625 / credit;  Non-VA residents @ $856 / credit.

Tuition (for cohort beginning Fall 2018)


Tuition In-State Out of State
Didactic phase (16 months, 74 credits *) $43,290 $63,344
Clinical phase (12 months, 27 credits*) $15,795 $23,112
Total (28 months, 101 credits) $59,085 $86,456

*VA Residents @ $585 / credit;  Non-VA residents @ $856 / credit.

Other Costs


The following estimates for additional costs are offered to assist students with planning.  The estimates are based on costs incurred by previous students.  Actual costs will vary depending on individual student situations and choices.  Travel to, and secondary housing at clinical sites beyond commuting range is the largest expense and varies widely depending on the location of clinical sites, the assignments of individual students, and the housing needs of individual students.  The program assists students in finding housing for the clinical phase, but does not explicitly provide it.  The program does not require membership in any professional organizations, but does strongly encourage student membership with VAPA.

Item Approximate Expense

Medical equipment (otoscope, ophthalmoscope, stethoscope, short white coat, reflex hammer, etc.)

$1,200

Textbooks (approximate – depends on new vs. used)

$2,000

Drug test & background check (subject to change)

$80

CPR certification

$30

Membership - Virginia Academy of PAs
(optional, but encouraged)

$20

Membership – American Academy of PAs
(optional, but encouraged)

$75

Laptop computer or tablet device

$500 - $1,000

Travel & housing during clinical phase

$0 – $10,000
(average: $4,000)

TOTAL

$3,905 – $14,405

Refunds of Tuition and/or Fees


Refund information regarding tuition and financial aid can be found with the University Business Office.