Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology: Pre-Physician Assistant (Pre-PA)

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Pre-Physician Assistant (Pre-PA)

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Build a strong foundation to launch your Physician Assistant career

This Pre-Physician Assistant (Pre-PA) track builds on a Bachelor of Science in Biology. Students are prepared for admission into PA school at Mercy College or another institution. In the workplace, Physician Assistants provide patient care under the direction of a physician.

In this program, students gain the knowledge and experiences necessary for continuing their education. Traditionally, pre-PA students should earn a science and overall grade point average of 3-3.5 for meeting many competitive thresholds for entrance to PA school. While PA program prerequisites are not uniform nationwide, the Mercy College Pre-PA track Biology degree provides the specific course work and experiences to strengthen clinical awareness. This intentional design equips students to apply to Mercy College’s PA program and many other PA programs. Note: Undergraduate financial aid does not carry into the graduate-level PA Professional Program.

Students who attend Mercy College’s Pre-PA track Biology degree and meet the College’s Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program competitive admission criteria are guaranteed an interview for the MPAS Program.

Mercy College also offers a Pre-Physician Assistant Direct Entry program. Read more about the program below.

Pre-Physician Assistant Direct Entry Program

The Pre-Physician Assistant Direct Entry program allows for academically talented incoming freshman students to gain direct entry admission into Mercy College's Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program. Students must successfully complete the approved plan of study for the Pre-PA track Biology major. This fulfills the pre-PA track progression criteria and MPAS Program’s graduate admissions requirements.

View Pre-PA Direct Entry Program admission requirements

The Biology program's flexible design supports each student's individual career goals. The curriculum incorporates courses covering a range of maths and sciences. In each course, expect personal attention and 1:1 support from experienced faculty.

Vonseggern Kayla PA C1 003
The Biology Program at Mercy College prepared me to excel in my healthcare career.

The teachers are absolutely amazing; they know you on a personal level and will do everything they can to see you succeed. They are always available to help, not just with classwork, but also for advice for grad school, jobs, etc. The staff at Mercy does everything they can to make sure you have what you need to reach your goals. Mercy College’s Biology Program made me feel a part of something and has given me the tools and resources I need to succeed in grad school and achieve my healthcare career goals.”

Kayla VonSeggern, Physician Assistant

Bachelor of Science in Biology ‘15

Career Outlook

Employment Growth

Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook: Employment of physician assistants is projected to grow 37 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average for all occupations. As demand for healthcare services grows, physician assistants will be needed to provide care to patients.

Salary Range

2018 Median Pay for Physician Assistants was $108,000 annually.

Admission Requirements

Any Mercy College student in good standing can declare a biology major. High school science courses (Biology and Chemistry with a lab) or their college equivalents, must be taken within the past seven years with a “C” or better prior to the first semester. For a student to progress to semester III of the program, the mathematics pre-requisites must be met. (High school courses or their college equivalents within the past seven years with a "C" or better include Algebra I; Algebra II and Trigonometry or Pre- Calculus or an integrated sequence of advanced math courses (Statistics, Business Math, and/or computer courses will not fulfill this requirement). All program courses must be completed with a grade of “C” or better; a grade of “B” or higher preferred, to progress through the program and for graduation.

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