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Physician Assistant B.S./M.H.S. Program

Physician Assistant B.S./M.H.S. Program

The College of Nursing and Health Professions’ accelerated BS/MHS program allows participants to earn both their Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and Master of Health Science (MHS) in 5 ¼ years, as opposed to 6 ¼ years. Students complete three years of undergraduate coursework in the Pathway accelerated dual-degree (Health Sciences) program, followed by 2 ¼ years of graduate coursework in the MHS program.

Graduates are well-prepared to seek licensure, and the program boasts a 97 percent pass rate for first time test takers on the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE).

The average cumulative GPA of high school students accepted into the accelerated program is 3.4, with an average SAT score of 1200 (combined math and critical reading). Transfer students are not eligible to apply.

If a student is not admitted into the accelerated program as an incoming freshman, the department offers a second chance to apply at the end of the winter quarter of the freshman year. Interested students must have earned a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and no grades below a C during their first two quarters at Drexel to be considered

Requirements for Students Accepted into the Program:

  • Complete the Physician Assistant program requirements including all prerequisite coursework at Drexel University without repeating any prerequisite courses.
  • Complete all prerequisite courses with no grade lower than a "B"
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (A=4.00) and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all science courses at Drexel University.
  • Complete the online CASPA application to the Physician Assistant program of Drexel University in the junior year of undergraduate study by the stated deadline.
  • Obtain a written recommendation from a Drexel professor whose class you have completed.
  • Complete a minimum of 500 hours of documented, direct, hands-on patient contact experience (paid or volunteered) accrued by the time of CASPA application submission.
  • Provide all necessary documents and complete all forms required by the Physician Assistant program and the College of Nursing and Health Professions by the stated deadlines.
  • Complete a successful PA Program admissions interview and be recommended for admission by the PA program Admissions Committee.
  • Acceptance into the graduate MHS program is not guaranteed.  Applications will be evaluated against the entire pool of applicants to the Drexel University Physician Assistant program during each admissions cycle. If not accepted to the graduate MHS program, Drexel students will complete the fourth undergraduate year of study and be awarded my BS degree through the Health Sciences Department of the College of Nursing and Health Professions.

Additionally, it is highly recommended that you:

  • Perform a minimum of 100 hours of community service (voluntary or paid) at the time of CASPA application submission. All types of community service (volunteered, paid, or both) will be considered. If community service hours are accrued through patient care activities, these hours may be accepted for both patient contact and community service hours.
  • Join the American Academy of Physician Assistant (AAPA) Student Academy (http://www.aapa.org/saapa/), and/or your state PA organization.
  • Spend time “shadowing” a PA on the job.   


Curriculum Areas

Employment Opportunities

Biology

Family Medicine

Chemistry

Geriatrics

Anatomy & Physiology

Emergency Medicine

Clinical Research

Surgery

Pharmacology

Internal Medicine

Health Assessment

Community Health


Per the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of physician assistants is expected to increase 30 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations.