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.

Curriculum Areas

Employment Opportunities


Family Medicine



Anatomy & Physiology

Emergency Medicine

Clinical Research



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.