The Pre-Professional Physician Assistant Program is designed to provide students with liberal arts and with science courses needed in order to apply to the professional phase of the program (the graduate PA program). Admission to the Pre-PA program is selective, as students must maintain high standards required for admittance to the professional phase. All Pre-PA students must apply and pass admission standards in order to enter the professional phase of the program. Students academic progress is closely monitored by the PA Program staff. The PA Program also provides a 'Mentor Program' which allows for the opportunity to shadow a practicing PA in the local medical community.
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Michael Kiel, Ph.D.
Chairperson, Associate Professor of Biology
Courses: Cell biology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Biotechnology
Mary Ann Smith, B.S., B.A., M.A.
Courses: Introductory Chemistry and General Chemistry
Robin Ertl, Ph.D.
Brian Piatak, D.C.
Courses: Anatomy and Physiology
The $6.4 million Center for Natural and Health Sciences is equipped with four large laboratories, a newly renovated Biotechnology research lab, an environmental wet laboratory, a greenhouse, three computer laboratories, and a multi-media auditorium.
Undergraduate Admissions Requirements
- Official SAT and/or ACT scores
- Completed application
- Official transcripts
- Letter of recommendation
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The Pre-professional phase of the Physician Assistant (PA) Program is completed in the Science Department. Students with no previous college-level study begin a program of liberal arts core requirements and science courses to prepare for admission to the professional phase of the PA program, which grants a Master’s Degree in PA (see the Marywood University graduate catalogue PA program section for more details).
Students with some previous college experience may apply to the Pre-Professional Program. Admitted students will then complete all liberal arts core requirements and prerequisite sciences. (For information about the opportunity to receive advanced placement based upon proven competence in specific subject areas, see “Additional Ways of Earning University Credit” in the “Degree Information” section of this catalog.) Such transfer students must have a 2.50 QPA minimum and must have earned a C+ or better in science classes transferred; however, a minimum grade of B in General Chemistry, General Biology, Microbiology, Organic Chemistry, and Anatomy and Physiology courses is required for admission to the PA professional phase.
For acceptance into the Pre-Physician Assistant Program, students must have a minimum of a 1450 combined on all three sections of the SAT, with a minimum of 500 in the Math section. For students with ACT scores, a minimum of 21 is required. Students who do not meet the above criteria may be accepted into the Science Department as “Undeclared with an interest in Pre-Physician Assistant” studies.
Pre-Professional Program Requirements
Students in the pre-professional phase are required to maintain an overall GPA of 3.00, as well as a 3.00 (B) in each prerequisite Science course or lab (see courses above), to be considered eligible for admission to the professional phase.
|BIOL 150, 150L||General Biology I||4|
|BIOL 151, 151L||General Biology II||
|BIOL 201, 201L||Gross Human Anatomy||4|
|BIOL 202, 202L||Human Physiology||4|
|BIOL 235, 235L||General Microbiology||4|
|BIOL 332, 332L||Immunology||4|
|CHEM 131, 131L||General Chemistry I||
|CHEM 132, 132L||General Chemistry II||4|
|CHEM 221, 221L||Organic Chemistry I||4|
|CHEM 222, 222L||Organic Chemistry II||4|
|MATH 170||Applications of Mathematics to Biology||
|MATH 201||Calculus I||3|
|N D 112||Nutrition I||3|
|COMM 101||Dynamics of Speech Communication||2|
Professional Program Phase
Students who have successfully met all required liberal arts core requirements and science prerequisites may apply for admission to the professional program, following their second year as Pre-PA. These students are guaranteed an interview with the PA interview committee. Those students who have previously completed a baccalaureate degree at Marywood or another accredited institution are not required to complete the liberal arts core requirements (see Degree Information in this catalog), but must have the prerequisite science courses to be considered for admission to the professional program. For complete information on M.S. in PA degree, see the Physician Assistant section of the graduate catalog.
Students Not Admitted to Professional Program Phase
Students who are not accepted to the Professional Program Phase may continue in the Science Department and complete another degree program or complete a Pre-PA/Health Sciences Degree. The requirements for the Pre-PA/B.S. Health Sciences degree include all of the Pre-Professional Program requirements listed above plus:
|BIOL 410||Science Literacy Capstone||
20 Science Electives:
CHEM 221, 221L, 222, 222L and BIOL 332, 332L taken during the Pre-Professional phase count towards the 20 credits. Additional suggestions include:
|Introduction to Biotechnology||3|
|BIOL 440, 440L||Molecular & Cellular Biology||4|
|BIOL 446, 446L||Genetics||4|
|PHYS 303, 303L||General Physics I||4|
|PHYS 304, 304L||General Physics II||
24 Other Electives - Suggestions Include:
|BUS 112||Principles of Management||3|
|N D 213||Nutrition II||3|
|N D 300||Theory of Medical Nutrition Therapy I||3|
|PSYC 314||Physiological Psychology||3|
|PSYC 319||Health Psychology||3|
|PSYC 330||Computer Applications in Psychology and Health Science||3|
|SOC 305||Medical Sociology||3|
|SOC 402||Dying & Death in American Society||3|
|PA Summer Courses*||PA 310, 322, 340, 370, 580|
|PA Fall Courses*||PA 311, 320A, 330, 341, 350, 371, 390|
*For students who are unsuccessful academically in the PA Professional Phase.