Academic Programs of Study

B.S. Biology Health Professionals (Pre-Physician Assistant)

Bachelor of Science - BS

  • Primary & specialized health care
  • Shadow a practicing PA
  • Criteria-based acceptance to master's program

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Pre-Physician Assistant Program at Marywood

Your Journey To Becoming A Physician Assistant Starts Here

As one of the top Pre-Physician Assistant programs in the state of Pennsylvania, Marywood University provides the knowledge needed to diagnose, treat, educate, and empower patients – and preparation for the ever-changing health care field. Unique to our program is our non-competitive team approach, our specialized clinical tracks, and our hands-on, clinical emphasis.


This 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.

Our Keith J. O’Neill Center for Healthy Families provides advanced technology and equipment for academic learning, community outreach, and research, including a state-of-the-art Human Physiology Laboratory. Understanding the need for quality healthcare, both regionally and globally, our ARC-PA accredited program will well prepare you to provide this much-needed care. Students who qualify are automatically accepted into the professional phase (master’s level) of the program.

More About This Degree

Deborah Hokien, Ph.D.
Associate Dean College of Health & Human Services
Courses: Quantitative Research Design, Chemistry of Our World, General Chemistry Laboratory, Chemical Analysis

Krista Wargo
Laboratory Instructor
Courses: General Biology Lab I and II, Microbiology and Immunology labs

Sara Melick
Courses: Ecology, Resource Conservation, Physical Science, Principles of Biology Research

Deanne Garver, Ph.D.
Chairperson & Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Courses: Organic Chemistry, and Chemistry
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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
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation

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