If you already have a Bachelor's degree:
PA Graduate Program
Whether coming from a 4 year Bachelor’s degree program (we also accept students who complete their studies at other universities) or from the 3 year Medical Studies major, the PA Program is an intensive two year Master’s degree. We have had excellent outcomes with 100% pass rates on the national certifying exam since 2002.
The PA Program's graduate curriculum is 24 months in length. The first 12 months of the program emphasize didactic instruction, while the clinical year consists of nine, five-week rotations.
If you are a high school student:
3+2 Option: Medical Studies major at DeSales
For those students who are sure of their career choice and wish to challenge themselves in an intensive program, DeSales offers the Medical Studies major. Here the student completes their undergraduate studies in a 3 year, accelerated program. This requires a second application process and interview with the PA Program initially to be accepted, but once in the major the student has a guaranteed seat in the PA Program in their fourth year as long as all grade and health care hour requirements are met.
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Traditionally, the student wishing to apply to the PA Program would complete a four year undergraduate degree. Though the Program does not mandate a particular major, the BA in Biology is suggested for a thorough grounding in the sciences. This major meets the pre-requisites for the Program (Psychology needs to be taken as an elective). Students will need to apply for the Program in their junior year through CASPA and take the GREs, but all students at DeSales who meet the minimum requirements automatically receive a priority interview for the Program. Though there are no guarantees, this path allows to student to take advantage of the undergraduate curriculum, to have a full four year eligibility as an athlete, and to participate in enrichment activities such as a semester abroad.
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Forbes Magazine (summer 2014) has declared Physician Assistant to be the #1 Master’s degree for job satisfaction and has a predicted 38% job growth rate. The Physician Assistant Program at DeSales is a two year course of study leading to a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.