The Pre-Physician Assistant program pathway is four years of undergraduate study that prepares students to apply to the two-year graduate Physician Assistant program.
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, clinics, outpatient offices and community settings.
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.
A student interested in becoming part of the Physician Assistant program must first earn a bachelor’s degree in a major such as Biology, Chemistry, Public Health, Healthcare Administration, or Psychology that enables completion of the prerequisite courses. Arcadia University undergraduates whose academic records and Graduate Record Examination scores meet the entrance requirements are granted assured admission into the graduate program at the end of their senior year. Transfer students are also eligible for assured admission to the graduate program in Physician Assistant studies if all established criteria are met. However, students that do not meet assured admissions criteria are still welcome and encouraged to submit applications through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) as a general applicant.
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. CASPA opens in April and the application deadline for the Arcadia Physician Assistant Program is October 1. Even if you do not meet the assured admission criteria, pre-PA students are encouraged to apply through the general applicant pool. 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.
Minimum Requirements for Assured Admission to the M.M.S. Degree (Physician Assistant) for Students Who Enter Arcadia University as Freshmen or Transfers