Why Elms for your Pre-Physician Associate (Pre-Physician Assistant) degree?

  • Establish a strong foundation in biology, chemistry, anatomy & physiology, and microbiology.
  • Work one-on-one with the program director to strengthen your application to PA schools, focusing on your individual strengths and expertise.
  • Earn a minor in bioethics and medical humanities to deepen your understanding of the ethical and spiritual aspects of medicine.

Pre-Physician Associate (Pre-Physician Assistant) (PA) Program

Elms College offers a complete and dedicated pre-physician associate (pre-physician assistant) (PA) program that provides all of the prerequisites needed to apply to physician associate (physician assistant) schools. 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).

Affiliations, Linkages, and Agreements
Elms College premed students who have completed the requirements set out by Marywood University’s PA program, are eligible to apply to the program for an interview. A recommendation letter of endorsement from Elms College premedical advisor is required. Students should contact the premedical advisor for more information.

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

Advance Your Career in Health Care
Our graduates gain the knowledge and experience needed to gain acceptance to competitive PA programs. Recent graduates of our program have been accepted to the following schools:

  • Baypath University Physician Assistant Studies Program, MA
  • Johnson & Wales University Physician Assistant Studies Program, RI
  • MCPHS Physician Assistant Studies Program, MA
  • Springfield College Physician Assistant Studies Program, MA
  • Tufts University School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program, MA
  • University of Bridgeport Physician Assistant Program, CT
  • University of St. Joseph Physician Assistant Studies Program, CT
  • Westfield State University Physician Assistant Studies Program, MA


Click to view course requirements for the Pre-Physician Assistant program.

PrePA Prerequisite Courses

Course #Course Name# of Credit Hours
BIO 1203/1203LGeneral Biology 1 Lecture and Lab3+1
BIO 1204/1204LGeneral Biology 2 Lecture and Lab3+1
CHE 1201/1201LGeneral Chemistry 1 Lecture and Lab3+1
CHE 1202/1202LGeneral Chemistry 2 Lecture and Lab3+1
CHE 2101/2101LOrganic Chemistry 1 Lecture and Lab3+1
CHE 2102/2102LOrganic Chemistry 2 Lecture and Lab (Can replace with Biochemistry lecture and lab)3+1
BIO 3103/3103LAnatomy & Physiology 1 Lecture and Lab3+1
BIO 3104/3104LAnatomy & Physiology 2 Lecture and Lab3+1
BIO 3300/3300LMicrobiology Lecture and Lab3+1
ENG XXXXWriting Composition3
ENG XXXXReading Comprehension3
PSY 1001General Psychology3
PSY 3009Social Psychology (alternative to PSY 1001)3

Additional Course Recommendations for PrePA

Course #Course Name# of Credit Hours
BIO 3006Medical Terminology3
BIO 3201/3201LGenetics Lecture and Lab3+1
BIO 3305Nutrition3
BIO 4306/4306LBiochemistry Lecture and Lab3+1
BIO 4009/4009AResearch & Independent Study2/1
BIO 4010Research Methods1-2
BIO 4011Research Experiences1-2
SOC 1001Introduction to Sociology3
PHI 2408Healthcare Ethics3
BIO XXXXOther upper-level biology courses support an application3+