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.
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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Bridging the Gap: Nursing & Medical Studies (PA) Students Help Local Communities
Janelle Hill | Oct 02, 2017
For the ninth year in a row, students from DeSales University spent their summer helping those in need with the Bridging the Gaps Community Health Internship (BTG).
Nursing and medical studies (undergraduates in the physician assistant program) students partnered with the Lehigh Valley Health Network Department of Education and six community agencies. They designed and implemented projects on a variety of topics, including heart health, oral health, end-of-life care assessments, smoking cessation, and health literacy.
Students also took part in a day of service at the Second Harvest Food Bank, assembling more than 1,000 boxes of food. The internship ended with two professional poster symposiums, one of which was held on the DeSales campus.
BTG is a paid community-based summer internship program that helps students in the health and social services fields gain a broader understanding of the factors that affect health in underserved, economically disadvantaged communities.
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