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.

Pre-Physician Assistant Program

Course #FormerlyCourse Name# of Credit Hours
BIO 1203General Biology I3
BIO 1203LGeneral Biology I Lab1
BIO 1204General Biology II3
BIO 1204LGeneral Biology II Lab1
CHE 1201General Chemistry I3
CHE 1201LGeneral Chemistry I Lab1
CHE 1202General Chemistry II3
CHE 1202LGeneral Chemistry II Lab1
CHE 2101Organic Chemistry I3
CHE 2101LOrganic Chemistry I Lab3
BIO 3306Biochemistry3
BIO 3306LBiochemistry Lab (optional)1
BIO 3103Anatomy & Physiology I3
BIO 3103LAnatomy & Physiology I Lab1
BIO 3104Anatomy & Physiology II3
BIO 3104Anatomy & Physiology II Lab1
BIO 3300Microbiology3
BIO 3300LMicrobiology Lab1
BIO 3201Genetics3
BIO 3201LGenetics Lab (optional)1
MAT 1009Statistics3
MAT 1200Pre-Calculus3
MAT 1301Calculus3
PSY 1001General Psychology3
English (Composition)3
English (Reading Comprehension)3
BIO 3006Medical Terminology3

Recommended courses include

Course #FormerlyCourse Name# of Credit Hours
PHI 2408Healthcare Ethics3
BIO 3400Immunology3
BMH 3007Bioethics3
BIO 3305Nutrition3