Why Elms for your 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 Assistant (PA) Program

Elms College offers a complete and dedicated pre-physician assistant (PA) program that provides all of the prerequisites needed to apply to 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 1203BIO 123General Biology I3
BIO 1203LBIO 123L General Biology I Lab1
BIO 1204BIO 124General Biology II3
BIO 1204LBIO 124LGeneral Biology II Lab1
CHE 1201CHE 121General Chemistry I3
CHE 1201LCHE 121LGeneral Chemistry I Lab1
CHE 1202CHE 122General Chemistry II3
CHE 1202LCHE 122LGeneral Chemistry II Lab1
CHE 2101CHE 211Organic Chemistry I3
CHE 2101LCHE 211LOrganic Chemistry I Lab3
BIO 3306BIO 336Biochemistry3
BIO 3306LBIO 336LBiochemistry Lab (optional)1
BIO 3103BIO 313Anatomy & Physiology I3
BIO 3103LBIO 313LAnatomy & Physiology I Lab1
BIO 3104BIO 314Anatomy & Physiology II3
BIO 3104BIO 314Anatomy & Physiology II Lab1
BIO 3300BIO 330Microbiology3
BIO 3300LBIO 330LMicrobiology Lab1
BIO 3201BIO 321Genetics3
BIO 3201LBIO 321LGenetics Lab (optional)1
MAT 1009MAT 109Statistics3
MAT 1200MAT 120Pre-Calculus3
MAT 1301MAT 131Calculus3
PSY 1001PSY 101General Psychology3
English (Composition)3
English (Reading Comprehension)3
BIO 3006BIO 306Medical Terminology3

Recommended courses include

Course #FormerlyCourse Name# of Credit Hours
PHI 2408PHI 248Healthcare Ethics3
BIO 3400BIO 340Immunology3
BMH 3007BMH 307Bioethics3
BIO 3305BIO 335Nutrition3