Earn guaranteed admission to USJ’s Physician Assistant (PA) Studies Program through this competitive major
This seven-semester, interdisciplinary bachelor’s degree in Health Science prepares students for post-graduate success in USJ’s Physician Assistant Studies Program.
The Pre-PA track is open to high school graduates who meet the admissions requirements specific to the program and then meet the yearly benchmarks through their junior year. Students that meet all the benchmarks and pass an in-person interview are then guaranteed a seat in the USJ PA program beginning January after their seventh semester.
Throughout curriculum, students must meet the following requirements:
Earn a “C” or better in all major and supporting courses
Take all major or supporting courses at USJ
No repeat of courses without permission from major advisor/program director (may delay matriculation into PA Studies Program)
Absence of disciplinary actions
Maintain ability to meet PA Studies Technical Standards, with or without accommodation
End of First-Year Spring Semester:
Cumulative 2.75 GPA or higher
End of Sophomore Year Spring Semester:
Cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher
End of Junior Year Spring Semester:
Cumulative 3.25 GPA or higher
Successful completion of in-person interview for PA Studies Program
End of Senior Year Fall Semester:
Cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher
Completion of 250 hours of field experience in the last five years (Health Care, Research, Volunteer, Shadow, etc.)
HEALTH SCIENCE (DIRECT-ENTRY PA)
Clinical Placements & Career Opportunities
Undergraduate students in USJ’s program build the foundation necessary to earn an advanced degree and begin a thriving career in a number of areas, including: research and internships available at nearby hospitals such as Hartford Hospital and Saint Francis Hospital. Potential careers: primary care, family medicine, emergency medicine, surgery, psychiatry, and more.
USJ’s streamlined direct track graduate Physician Assistant (PA) Studies program allows students to complete their education efficiently in seven-semesters and enter the field successfully with preparation for earning an MSPAS. The employment of physician assistants is projected to grow 30% from 2014-2024, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.