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 Sciences (MHS) in 5 ¼ years, as opposed to 6 ¼ years. Students complete three years of undergraduate coursework in the Pathway to Health Professions (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:

  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 and a minimum cumulative GPA in all science courses of 3.00.
  • Earn a final grade of C or better in all undergraduate coursework.
  • Complete a minimum of 500 documented hours of patient contact and obtain a letter from the work supervisor documenting the completed hours.
  • Submit an application through CASPA by October of the junior year.
  • Submit a letter of recommendation from a faculty member.
  • Interview with the Physician Assistant Program.

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.