Elms College offers a complete and dedicated postbaccalaureate pre-physician assistant (PA) program that provides all of the prerequisites needed to apply to physician assistant schools. We’re proud to have a 94% acceptance rate to PA schools when students complete their program requirements and achieve the minimum professional program requirements.
Students who wish to apply to PA programs must have the required coursework and the minimum number of documented patient care hours.
Students will be provided with personalized pre-physician assistant advising meetings and general premedical/pre-PA meetings to address other aspects of their application to physician assistant schools, including: personal statements, interviews, recommendations, applications, and GRE test preparation, among others.
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Standardized Test Preparation
Elms College offers discounted GRE Test preparation for undergraduate students and subsidized GRE test preparation for postbac pre-PA 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.
Students have matriculated to many Physician Assistant programs in the local area and throughout the United States. Here is a list of some of the schools our students have been accepted to:
- Baypath University Physician Assistant Studies Program, MA
- Florida State University College of Medicine School of Physician Assistant Practice, FL
- Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Physician Assistant Studies Program, PA
- Pace University Physician Assistant Studies Program, NY
- Springfield College Physician Assistant Studies Program, MA
- University of Bridgeport Physician Assistant Program, CT
- MCPHS Physician Assistant Studies Program, MA
- Tufts University School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program, MA
- University of Alabama at Birmingham Physician Assistant Studies Program, AL
- Westfield State University Physician Assistant Studies Program, MA
Click to view course requirements for the Postbaccalaureate Pre-Physician Assistant program.
Click to collapse the course requirements for the Postbaccalaureate Pre-Physician Assistant program.
Courses listed in the “Recommended Courses” table may be required or strongly recommended by different institutions. Many of these courses have content that will support preparation for standardized tests.
In addition to required science courses, students are encouraged to take courses in English, philosophy, psychology, sociology, and other academic areas to enable them to be as competitive as possible when applying to medical school and other health professional schools.
|Course #||Course Name||Credits|
|BIO 1203||General Biology I||3|
|BIO 1203L||General Biology I Lab||1|
|BIO 1204||General Biology II||3|
|BIO 1204L||General Biology II Lab||1|
|CHE 1201||General Chemistry I||3|
|CHE 1201L||General Chemistry I Lab||1|
|CHE 1202||General Chemistry II||3|
|CHE 1202L||General Chemistry II Lab||1|
|CHE 2101||Organic Chemistry I||3|
|CHE 2101L||Organic Chemistry I Lab||1|
|BIO 2105||Anatomy & Physiology I||3|
|BIO 2105L||Anatomy & Physiology I Lab||1|
|BIO 2106||Anatomy & Physiology II||3|
|BIO 2106L||Anatomy & Physiology II Lab||1|
|BIO 2201L||Microbiology Lab||1|
|BIO 3201L||Genetics Lab (optional)||1|
|MAT 1301||Calculus I||3|
|PSY 1001||General Psychology||3|
|English Reading Comprehension||3|
|BIO 3006||Medical Terminology (online)||3|
|Course #||Course Name||Credits|
|PHI 2408||Healthcare Ethics||3|
|BIO 3305||Nutrition (online)||3|