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


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 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 Lab1
BIO 3306Biochemistry3
BIO 2105Anatomy & Physiology I3
BIO 2105LAnatomy & Physiology I Lab1
BIO 2106Anatomy & Physiology II3
BIO 2106LAnatomy & Physiology II Lab1
BIO 2201Microbiology3
BIO 2201LMicrobiology Lab1
BIO 3201Genetics3
BIO 3201LGenetics Lab (optional)1
MAT 1009Statistics3
MAT 1200Pre-Calculus3
MAT 1301Calculus I3
PSY 1001General Psychology3
English Composition3
English Reading Comprehension3
BIO 3006Medical Terminology (online)3

Recommended Courses

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