Declaring the Pre-Physician Assistant Option at Slippery Rock University
Only first semester freshman are eligible for this program and must select this specialization at the time of application. Freshman whose first semester is in the spring term may select this specialization however, these freshman will be out of sequence for courses and thus may require more time to complete the prerequisite course work before making application the graduate program. Continuing students may not add this specialization.
Currently there are four (4) undergraduate majors you can select in preparation for this PA graduate program – Athletic Training; Biology, Exercise Science and Public Health.
Pre-Physician Program Requirements
Students in the Pre-Physician Assistant specialization must complete all the major requirements for their selected degree and additional prerequisite courses required by Chatham University. The required pre-requisites include the following courses:
Principles of Biology with lab (BIOL 104)
Genetics with lab (BIOL 250)
Elementary Statistics (MATH 152)
General Chemistry I and II (CHEM 107 & 108; CHEM 111 & 112 – lab)
Anatomy and Physiology I and II (BIOL 216 & 217) with lab
Medical Microbiology or Microbiology (BIOL 210 or 330 which is for bio majors only)
Introduction to Psychology (PSYC 105)
Additional Psychology or Human Development course (PSYC 344)
Nutrition & Exercise (HLTH 424)
College Writing (ENGL 102)
Students must earn a B or higher in all of these required prerequisite courses. Student who earn less than a B in any course will be removed from the program. Students in the Pre-Physician Assistant specialization may not repeat any of these prerequisite courses nor transfer any of these courses.
Other program requirements include:
A cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better on a scale of 4.0 as calculated by the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). If a student drops below a 3.5 for any semester cumulative GPA, they will be removed from the program.
A cumulative science GPA of 3.4 or better as calculated by CASPA with a minimum of 18 science credits. If the science GPA drops below a 3.4, students will be removed from the program.
Maintenance of a good citizenship record.
Successful completion of all Chatham University’s MPAS program admissions requirements.
In the event that students become ineligible for the program for any reason, they will be notified in writing.
The two students who will be granted the two (2) guaranteed seats in the Chatham University Physician Assistant Program will be selected by a committee of Slippery Rock Faculty. Students will make application to both the SRU Physician Assistant Selection Committee and Chatham University’s MPAS program. The committee will notify Chatham of the selected students. Application to the SRU Physician Assistant Selection Committee is not a guarantee that the student will be granted a seat at Chatham University. Students who are not selected by the SRU Physician Assistant Selection Committee still have the option to apply independently. Any student who wishes to apply whether in the Pre-Physician specialization or not may do so independently as well and compete in the general pool of applicants for seats in the Program.