Postbac Pre-PA

Elms College offers a complete and dedicated Postbaccalaureate Premedical Studies pre-Physician Assistant (PA) program that provides all of the prerequisites needed to apply to schools of Physician Assistant. Students completing the Elms College prePhysician Assistant program have a 93% acceptance rate to schools of Physician Assistant.  Students who wish to apply to PA programs must have the required course work and the minimum number of documented patient care hours. Students should earn a CNA (Certified Nurse’s Aide), EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) or Paramedic certification in order to complete the documented patient care hours requirement mandated by most PA schools. Most PA programs require a minimum of 500-2000 documented patient care hours (either volunteer or paid).


Students will be provided with personalized pre-Physician Assistant advising meetings and general premedical/prePA meetings to address other aspects of their application to Physician Assistant schools including: personal statements, interviews, recommendations, applications, and GRE Test Preparation, among others.

Standardized Test Preparation

Elms College offers discounted GRE Test preparation for undergraduate students and subsidized GRE Test preparation for Postbac prePA students.

Documented Patient Care Hours

Students will be advised to attain CNA (Certified Nurse’s Aide), EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) or Paramedic training in order to fulfill 500-2000 patient care hours required to apply to most PA programs.

We are a member of the National Association of Advisors of the Health Professions.

Contact Us

Division of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Technology
Janet Williams, Ph.D.
Professor and Advisor, Pre-medical/Pre-health Professions
Coordinator, Postbaccalaureate Premedical Studies

Postbac Students

Jacob Freeman

Jacob Freeman
Lyndon State College '10
Elms College Postbac '14

Currently:  Bay Path University, master of physician studies, physician assistant studies


Katherine Belliveau

Katherine Belliveau
Elms College '14
Elms College Postbac '15

Currently: Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine School of Physician Assistant


Guillermo Vales Kennedy

Guillermo Vales Kennedy
University of Western Ontario '06
Elms College Postbac ′15

Currently: Pace University School of Physician Assistant