Elms College offers a complete and dedicated postbaccalaureate pre-physician associate (pre-physician assistant) (PA) program that provides all of the prerequisites needed to apply to physician associate (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 associate (pre-physician assistant) advising meetings and general premedical/pre-PA meetings to address other aspects of their application to physician associate (physician assistant) schools, including: personal statements, interviews, recommendations, applications, and GRE test preparation, among others.

Affiliations and Linkages

Marywood University School of Physician Assistant

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 Associate (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

Premed Meetings and Development Sessions

  • Q&A events with M.D.s, D.O.s, P.A.s, and other healthcare professionals
  • Personal Statement Workshops
  • Mock Mini Multiple Interview Sessions
  • Mock Traditional Interview Sessions
  • Resume Development
  • Obtaining Letters of Recommendation
  • Application Assistance Forums
  • Financial Aid Discussion Sessions

Academic Support

  • Students can have a committee letter written on their behalf.
  • All courses offer tutoring options that include peer tutors and course tutors.
  • 24/7 online tutoring is available.


Postbac premed students can take advantage of the completely renovated Living-Learning, Community and Cultural Center, which opened in February 2020. The newly redesigned building features classrooms and meeting spaces on the first floor, and residence rooms on the second and third floors. The ADA-compliant LLCCC can house up to 11 students, and includes a full kitchen, laundry facilities, energy efficient heating and cooling systems, smart desks, and other modern amenities.

Additional housing for postbac premed students is located near the college’s campus and is available for a limited number of enrolled students on a first-come, first-served basis. On campus residence hall options are available on a first-come, first-served basis as well. For more information, contact reslife@elms.edu.

Postbac Premed Tuition

  • Elms College offers discounted rates for standardized test preparation for medical school (MCAT), dental school (DAT), optometry school (OAT), pharmacy school (PCAT), and veterinary, PA, PT, OT, chiropractic, and other graduate schools (GRE).
  • Tuition information can be found here.

Application Requirements

  • At least a 2.8 GPA
  • Official Transcript
  • Resume
  • Goal Statement
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation


Click to view 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.

Pre-Physician Assistant Prerequisites

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 Recommendations: 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+