Pre-Physician Assistant

Your Pathway to Becoming a Physician Assistant

This is a 4+2 program, with four years of undergraduate study and two years of graduate study in the Physician Assistant (PA) program. If you are interested in entering the PA program you must first earn a bachelor’s degree in a major such as Biology, Chemistry or Psychology that enables you to complete the prerequisite courses. Arcadia University undergraduates whose academic records and Graduate Record Examination scores meet the 4+2 entrance requirements are assured admission into the graduate program at the end of the senior year. Transfer students are also eligible for assured admission to the graduate program in Physician Assistant studies if all established criteria are met.

You are strongly urged to work closely with your undergraduate adviser to insure that you take all of the prerequisite courses. You should take prerequisite courses that will prepare you for the graduate-level professional work that will be expected of you upon entering the PA program. 

Upon completion of your junior year, you will apply to the PA program through CASPA, the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants. Given admissions occur on a rolling basis, it is recommended that you apply early in the admissions cycle (by August 1).  To maintain the ongoing quality of the PA program, the University reserves the right to limit the enrollment in all its offerings.

About the Physician Assistant Program

The 24-month graduate portion of the PA program combines classroom instruction with extensive clinical experience in a variety of medical specialties. The mission of the program is to train highly competent, globally aware physician assistants who are prepared to be life-long learners. The program is committed to fostering excellence in patient care and promoting professionalism, leadership, cultural competency, scholarship, and service.

The Master of Medical Science—Physician Assistant degree is designed to produce graduates who will be well-equipped to deliver high-quality, cost-effective health care in a wide variety of settings, including hospitals, outpatient clinics, and other community. The physician assistant is trained to take medical histories, perform physical examinations, order and interpret diagnostic tests, diagnose and treat illness, determine treatment, and educate patients regarding their health and medical concerns. They are a valuable member of the health care team.