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.

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 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.

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 Offerings

Course #FormerlyCourse Name# of Credit Hours
BIO 1203BIO 123General Biology I3
BIO 1203LBIO 123LGeneral 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 2101LOrganic Chemistry I Lab1
BIO 3306BIO 336Biochemistry3
BIO 2105BIO 215Anatomy & Physiology I3
BIO 2105LBIO 215LAnatomy & Physiology I Lab1
BIO 2106BIO 216Anatomy & Physiology II3
BIO 2106LBIO 216LAnatomy & Physiology II Lab1
BIO 2201BIO 221Microbiology3
BIO 2201LBIO 221LMicrobiology Lab1
BIO 3201BIO 321Genetics3
BIO 3201LBIO 321LGenetics Lab (optional)1
MAT 1009MAT 109Statistics3
MAT 1200MAT 120Pre-Calculus3
MAT 1301MAT 131Calculus I3
PSY 1001PSY 101General Psychology3
English Composition3
English Reading Comprehension3
BIO 3006BIO 306Medical Terminology (online)3

Recommended Courses

Course #FormerlyCourse Name# of Credit Hours
BIO 3400BIO 340Immunology3
BMH 3007BMH 307Bioethics3
PHI 2408PHI 248Healthcare Ethics3
BIO 3305BIO 335Nutrition (online)3