Physician Assistant (Bachelor's To Master's)


  • Non-competitive team approach
  • Specialized clinical tracks
  • Hands-on, clinical emphasis

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This program will provide the knowledge you need to diagnose, treat, educate, and empower your patients – and prepare you for the ever-changing health care field. Unique to our program is our non-competitive team approach, our specialized clinical tracks, and our hands-on, clinical emphasis.

Our Keith J. O’Neill Center for Healthy Families provides advanced technology and equipment for academic learning, community outreach, and research, including a state-of-the-art Human Physiology Laboratory. Understanding the need for quality healthcare, both regionally and globally, our ARC-PA accredited program will well prepare you to provide this much-needed care. Students who qualify are automatically accepted into the professional phase (master’s level) of the program.

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Heather Walters, MPAS, PA-C
Academic Coordinator

Justine Samanas, MPAS, PA-C
Clinical Director

David Isgan, MHS, PA-C
Clinical Instructor
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Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation

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Pre-Physician Assistant Studies (B.S. Biology)

The Pre-­professional phase of the Physician Assistant (PA) Program is completed in the Science Department. Students with no previous college-­level study begin a program of liberal arts core requirements and science courses to prepare for admittance to the professional phase of the PA program, which grants a Master’s Degree in PA (see the Marywood University graduate catalogue PA program section for more details).

Students with some previous college experience may apply to the Pre-Professional Program. Admitted students will then complete all liberal arts core requirements and prerequisite sciences. (For information about the opportunity to receive advanced placement based upon proven competence in specific subject areas, see “Additional Ways of Earning University Credit” in the “Degree Information” section of this catalog.) Such transfer students must have a 2.50 QPA minimum and must have earned a C+ or better in science classes transferred however, a minimum grade of B in General Chemistry, General Biology, Microbiology, Organic Chemistry, and Anatomy and Physiology courses is required for admission to the PA professional phase.

For acceptance into the Pre-Physician Assistant Program, students must have a minimum of a 1450 combined on all three sections of the SAT, with a minimum of 500 in the Math section. For students with ACT scores, a minimum of 21 is required. Students who do not meet the above criteria may be accepted into the Science Department as “Undeclared with an interest in Pre-Physician Assistant” studies.

Pre-Professional Program Requirements
Students in the pre-professional phase are required to maintain an overall GPA of 3.00, as well as a 3.00 (B) in each prerequisite Science course or lab (see courses above), to be considered eligible for admission to the professional phase.

BIOL 150, 150L General Biology I 4
BIOL 151, 151L General Biology II
BIOL 201, 201L Gross Human Anatomy 4
BIOL 202, 202L Human Physiology
BIOL 235, 235L General Microbiology 4
BIOL 332, 332L Immunology 4
CHEM 131, 131L General Chemistry I
CHEM 132, 132L General Chemistry II 4
CHEM 221, 221L Organic Chemistry I 4
CHEM 222, 222L Organic Chemistry II 4
MATH 170
Mathematical Applications in Biology
MATH 201 Calculus  I 3
MATH 216 Statistics 3
N D 112 Nutrition I 3
COMM 101 Dynamics of Speech Communication 2


Professional Program Phase

Students who have successfully met all required liberal arts core requirements and science prerequisites may apply for admission to the professional program, following their second year as Pre­-PA. These students are guaranteed an interview with the PA interview committee. Those students who have previously completed a baccalaureate degree at Marywood or another accredited institution are not required to complete the liberal arts core requirements (see Degree Information in this catalog), but must have the prerequisite science courses to be considered for admis­sion to the professional program. For complete information on M.S. in PA degree, see the Physician Assistant section of the graduate catalog.

Students Not Admitted to Professional Program Phase

Students who are not accepted to the Professional Program Phase may continue in the Science Department and complete another degree program or complete a Pre-PA/Health Sciences Degree. The requirements for the Pre-PA/B.S. Health Sciences degree include all of the Pre-Professional Program requirements listed above plus:

BIOL 410 Science Literacy Capstone


CHEM 221, 221L, 222, 222L and BIOL 332, 332L taken during the Pre-professional phase count towards the 20 credits. Additional suggestions include:

BIOL 281

Introduction to Biotechnology 3
BIOL 302 Bioinformatics
BIOL 305 Neuroscience 3
BIOL 404, 404L Molecular & Cellular Biology 4
BIOL 446, 446L Genetics
PHYS 303, 303L General Physics I 4
PHYS 304, 304L General Physics II

24 Other Electives - Suggestions Include:

BUS 112 Principles of Management 3
N D 213 Nutrition II 3
N D 300 Theory of Medical Nutrition Therapy I 3
PSYC 314 Physiological Psychology 3
PSYC 319 Health Psychology 3
PSYC 330 Computer Applications in Psychology and Health Science
SOC 305 Medical Sociology 3
SOC 402 Dying & Death in American Society 3
PA Summer Courses* PA 310, 322, 340, 370, 580  
PA Fall Courses* PA 311, 320A, 330, 341, 350, 371, 390  

*For students who are unsuccessful academically in the PA Professional Phase.