The DeSales University Physician Assistant program has a graduation rate exceeding both the regional and national averages.

Medical Studies is an intensive, “honors” type program that completes the undergraduate requirements in three years and leads directly without further application to the two year Physician Assistant Program.  This is designed for high-achieving students who are confident of their career choice and enjoy the challenge of rigorous scientific studies.  The curriculum has at least 18 credit hours per semester and is closely monitored by their advisor, a PA Program faculty member, so that the student receives all the required courses.

The deadline to complete your application file for the Medical Studies major is December 15.
All interviews must be completed by January 15.

 

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Students are encouraged to apply early in their senior year.  The student must first be accepted by the University and identify themselves as interested in the Medical Studies major.  If minimum GPA and SAT/ACT requirements are met, an interview is then scheduled with the PA Program.  The deadline for application to the Medical Studies major is December 15 and all interviews must be completed by January 15.  The PA Program faculty individually select all candidates for this major and, once in the program, a seat in the graduate PA Program is reserved for the student.  Candidates are selected based on their academic record, their motivation for health care, and their potential for future growth.  DeSales University welcomes applications from all qualified students regardless of race, religion, sex, national or ethnic origin. 

There is no single, preferred high school course of study or specific classes required, but a college preparatory curriculum is highly recommended. 

To continue in the Medical Studies major, the student must maintain at least a 3.0 GPA in the required sciences and overall each semester.  To matriculate in their senior year to the PA Program, the student must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 overall and in the required sciences and have completed at least 250 healthcare hours.  If the GPA requirement is not met in any semester, the student is placed on probation.  The second time this is not met the student loses his/her guaranteed seat in the PA Program and must change into another major.  If the student still wishes to pursue the PA degree at DeSales University, transition into the BA in Biology major is recommended and application to the Master’s PA Program in their senior year through CASPA is necessary. 

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PA Students Compete in the 2014 Annual SAAAPA National Medical Challenge Bowl

by Tom McNamara | Jun 09, 2014

2014 DSU PA Challenge Bowl Team

The DeSales 2013-2014 challenge bowl team members: Chloe Palma, Brianna Reilly and John Zerfass. Team alternate was Brienne Marks and the coach for the team was Kathy Ehrhardt, Assistant Director of the PA Program.

The DeSales University Physician Assistant Program competed in the 2014 Annual SAAAPA National Medical Challenge Bowl in Boston, Massachusetts on May 25, 2014. The DeSales 2013-2014 challenge bowl team consisted of the following members: Chloe Palma, Brianna Reilly and John Zerfass with team alternate Brienne Marks. The coach for the team is Kathy Ehrhardt, Assistant Director of the PA Program.

Our students competed against 72 teams from across the country. The national challenge bowl begins with 40 multiple choice questions that the team answers using audience response system clickers in a timed format. The top 36 teams advance to the next round. Our team placed 1st in this round. Of the 36 teams that made it to the second round, only three teams were from Pennsylvania. These teams included: DeSales University, Philadelphia University, and Misericordia University.

In the 2nd round they competed against Methodist University, Mississippi College and Southern Illinois University. The DeSales team won this round and advanced to round 3. In round 3 they competed against George Washington University and Florida State. The DeSales team again won this round and advanced to the final round to compete against Nova Southeastern University-Jacksonville, Miami Dade College and Mass College of Health Sciences (the wild card). In the final round our team finished in third place, one question behind the winning team. 

The DeSales PA faculty and staff are very proud of the challenge bowl team and their hard work and performance at this year’s challenge bowl.


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The DeSales Free Clinic at the Allentown Rescue Mission

The DeSales Free Clinic at the Allentown Rescue Mission opened in January 2007 in an effort to bring healthcare to the homeless. The clinic is staffed by DeSales students and faculty and has treated more than 900 patients since it opened. No patient is ever turned away or charged for services, and the operation is run entirely on donations. 

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