3.5 + 2.5 B.S. Health Science and Physician Assistant (Accelerated)

Secure a seat in 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 can secure a seat in the USJ PA program beginning January after their seventh semester.

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Please use this academic map as a reference guide. Academic advisors are always available to discuss the required courses depending on each student’s needs.

Criteria for Program Admission

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 (unweighted, core courses)
  • Completion of two semesters each of Biology, Chemistry, and Algebra II
  • Essay

Progression Standards

Throughout the curriculum, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Earn a B- or better in all major and supporting courses
  • Take all major and supporting courses at USJ
  • Cumulative 3.3 GPA or higher at the end of your Junior Year
  • No repeat of courses without permission from the major advisor/program director (may delay matriculation into the Physician Assistant Program)
  • Absence of disciplinary actions
  • Maintain ability to meet Physician Assistant Technical Standards, with or without accommodation
  • Completion of a successful in-person interview for the Physician Assistant Studies Program
  • Completion of 250 hours of field experience in the last five years (Health Care, Research, Volunteer, Shadow, etc.)


Clinical Placements and 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.

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