Sep 18, 2020  
2018-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2020 Undergraduate Catalog

Biology (BS) - Professional - Pre-Physician Assistant 3+2

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The Biology Program offers a Pre-Physician Assistant 3+2 option for students interested in a career as a Physician Assistant. Undergraduate students work with their academic advisor to complete the courses needed to fulfill the requirements for both an undergraduate degree and the admissions requirements for the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program.

The first year of the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program meets the requirements for the fourth year of the undergraduate degree. Approved undergraduate majors in Exercise Science, Health Science-Public Health, and Psychology are also available for the Pre-Physician Assistant 3+2 option. Other majors can be used to pursue the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies, but students cannot apply until after completing their undergraduate degree and they, too, must meet all Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies admission criteria.


If any of these requirements are not met, the 3+2 designation will be removed from the student’s record:

  1. A 3.0 or higher overall GPA must be maintained by the student.
  2. The student can only be enrolled in the Pre-Physician Assistant 3+2 program for a maximum of three (3) years, full-time continuous enrollment (fall/spring).

Provision for Slippery Rock Pre-Physician Assistant 3+2 Students entering the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies program:
Should a Pre-Physician Assistant 3+2 student be unsuccessful in completing the 1st year (any of summer, fall, or spring terms) of the Physician Assistant program and wants to complete the original undergraduate degree, it is solely up to the discretion of the undergraduate program Department Chair to determine which, if any, Physician Assistant courses will count toward the completion of his/her undergraduate degree. In addition, students must complete any unfulfilled requirements of their undergraduate major. Students may still apply to the Physician Assistant Studies program with an earned Bachelor’s degree.

For application requirements, please refer to Slippery Rock University’s Physician Assistant Studies (Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies) website.

Careers in these areas may require professional licensure and certification.  Professional licensure and/or certification vary by state and you are urged to check with your state licensing board.

Major Requirements - Credits: 38

Required Core Courses - Credits: 16

Required Upper Division Courses - Credits: 7

Elective Upper Division Courses - Credits: 6

College Wide Requirements - Credits: 12

Additional Physician Assistant Prerequisite Admission Requirements

If you choose to pursue Pre-Physician Assistant 3+2 Biology and are not accepted into the PA program, then additional coursework is required to complete a first major of Biology-Professional.  Please refer to the Biology-Professional Curriculum Guide.


Please refer to the Biology Pre-Physician Assistant SRU 3+2 Curriculum Guide for all prerequisite requirements and policies.


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