Accelerated/Dual Degree Physician Assistant Programs

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, physician assistant positions are expected to grow 38% through 2022, a rate well above almost any other profession and double that of medical doctors. Traditionally, these programs take 2-3 years to complete as a graduate student but accelerated dual degree programs allow students to begin their Physician’s Assistant coursework after just three years of undergraduate coursework, shaving off a full year of study. The schools that made College Transitions’ list offer direct entry, dual-degree programs which allow for this accelerated pathway toward this rewarding and lucrative profession.

Table updated June 2022.

InstitutionInterview Required?Required GPA(to Advance)Required GRE score (to Advance)LengthPANCE Pass Rate(Five-Year)Notes
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Scienceshttps://www.acphs.edu/pre-paYes3.2Not Required6 years97.0%SAT/ACT score 1280/28 (average)
Arcadia Universityhttps://www.arcadia.edu/academics/programs/pre-physician-assistantYes3.4147 (quantitative); 158 (verbal)6 years96-100%HSGPA 3.4 9 (minimum)
College of Saint Mary (NE)https://www.csm.edu/academics/health-human-services/pre-physician-assistantYes3At or Above 25% in all sections5 years94.2%HSGPA 3.0 (minimum); SAT/ACT score of 1180/24 (Minimum)
D'Youville Collegehttp://www.dyc.edu/academics/schools-and-departments/health-professions/programs-and-degrees/physician-assistant-bs-ms.aspxYes3Not Required4.5 years94.4%HS grade average 85% /(minimum); Optional SAT/ACT
Daeman Collegehttps://www.daemen.edu/academics/areas-study/physician-assistant/natural-science-health-science-bs-physician-assistantYes3Not Required5 years97.0%HS grade average 90% Minimum (Accepted students are usually >94%), most successful applicants possess an SAT score >1170
DeSales Universityhttps://www.desales.edu/academics/academic-programs/detail/medical-studies-physician-assistantRecommended3Yes5 years100.0%HSGPA 3.4, Highly recommend test score submission.
Drexel Universityhttps://drexel.edu/cnhp/academics/undergraduate/BS-MHS-Physician-Assistant-Option/Yes3.5Not Required5.25 years98.2%Apply during Winter Term of Freshman year for qualifying students
Duquesne Universityhttps://www.duq.edu/academics/schools/health-sciences/academic-programs/physician-assistant-studiesYes3Not Required5 years93.0%Minimum HSGPA 3.0 (admitted freshman have much higher GPA than minimum), SAT/ACT score of 1170/24; Test scores are optional
Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Universityhttps://franu.edu/academics/academic-programs/biology/accelerated-3-2-pathway-to-physician-assistant-studiesYes3> 290 Combined Score5-5.5 years97.2%HSGPA >3.3, Applicants must possess an SAT/ACT score of 1315/27
Gannon Universityhttps://www.gannon.edu/Academic-Offerings/Health-Professions-and-Sciences/Undergraduate/Physician-Assistant/Admission-Requirements/Yes3Not Required5 years96.0%HSGPA 3.4, Optional SAT/ACT, past score requirement of 1140/23
Hofstra Universityhttps://www.hofstra.edu/academics/colleges/nursing-physician-assistant/physician-assistant/physician-assistant-freshman-applicants.htmlYes3.3Not Required5.5 years98.4%HSGPA 3.5, Applicants must possess an SAT/ACT score of 1300/27
Kettering Collegehttp://kc.edu/academics/human-biology/Yes3.7Yes5 years98.0%Apply after 3 years as Human Biology major
King's Collegehttps://www.kings.edu/academics/undergraduate_majors/physicianassistant/undergradYes3.2Not Required5 years95.2%
Le Moyne Collegehttps://www.lemoyne.edu/Academics/Undergraduate-Programs/Health-Sciences/Direct-Entry-PA-ProgramYes3.4Not Required5-6 years96.0%HS grade average 92, Optional SAT/ACTpast score requirement of 1250/26
Lock Haven Universityhttps://www.lockhaven.edu/healthscience/prepa/#tab-2Yes3.23005 years99.4%Application by invitation for Health Science/Pre PA track students with an SAT >1300
Marquette Universityhttps://www.marquette.edu/physician-assistant/apply-marquette-undergraduate.phpYes3Not Required5 years100.0%Apply as early as after sophomore year
Marywood Universityhttp://www.marywood.edu/science/majors/pre-physician-assistant/automatic-acceptance-policy.htmlYes3.5Not Required5 years96.0%
MA College of Pharmacy and Health Scienceshttps://www.mcphs.edu/academics/school-of-arts-and-sciences/premedical-and-health-studies/premed-pathway-physician-assistant-studies-mpasYes3.2Not Required6 years93.0%Test Optional
New York Institute of Technologyhttps://www.nyit.edu/departments/physician_assistant_studies#Yes3.2Not Required6 years98.4%HS grade average 90, Applicants must possess an SAT/ACT score of 1170/24
Nova Southeastern Universityhttps://www.nova.edu/undergraduate/academics/dual-admission/physicians-assistant.htmlYes3.2153 (quantitative); 4.0 (analytical writing)6.25 years99.2%HSGPA 3.5, Applicants must possess an SAT/ACT score of 1220/25
Pennsylvania College of Technologyhttps://www.pct.edu/academics/nhs/physician-assistant/physician-assistant-studiesNo3.5Not Required5 years97.8%HSGPA 3.5, Applicants must possess an SAT/ACT score of 1200/25
Quinnipiac Universityhttps://www.qu.edu/schools/health-sciences/programs/dual-degree-bs-health-science-studies-mhs-physician-assistant.htmlNo3.2Not Required6.25 years96.8%Early Action applications recommended
Rochester Institute of Technologyhttps://www.rit.edu/healthsciences/study/physician-assistant-bs-msYes3Not Required5 years92.0%HSGPA >3.0
Rutgers University - New Brunswickhttps://shp.rutgers.edu/physician-assistant/master-of-science-physician-assistant-program/Yes3.2Not Required6 years98.0%In partnership with: Rutgers University SAS-NB & New Jersey Institute of Technology, Application in April of 2nd undergraduate year. These additional partnerships may be available: Montclair State University, Saint Peter's University, Caldwell University
Saint Francis Universityhttps://www.francis.edu/Physician-Assistant-Science/No3.2Not Required5 years98.0%Applicants must possess an SAT/ACT score of 1220/25
Salus University/Western New England Univerityhttps://www.salus.edu/Colleges/Health-Sciences/Physician-Assistant/Affiliate-Undergraduate-Physician-Assistant-Progra.aspxYes3.7 for 3+2, 3.0 for 4+2No Minimum5-6 years100.0%For students of Western New England University a 3+2 Program, For students of Cedar Crest College, Chestnut Hill College, Immaculata University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Keystone College, Messiah College, Rosemont College, University of the Sciences a 4+2 program
Seton Hall Universityhttps://www.shu.edu/academics/bs-ms-physician-assistant.cfmYes3.2At or above the 50% in each test area6 years99.0%
Seton Hill Universityhttps://www.setonhill.edu/academics/undergraduate-programs/physician-assistant-bs-ms/Yes3.2Not Required5 years93.0%HSGPA >3.2, Applicants must possess an SAT/ACT score of at least 1160/24
Slippery Rock Universityhttps://www.sru.edu/academics/majors-and-minors/biology-pre-physician-assistant/biology-pre-physician-assistant-major-requirementsYes3.25Not Required5 years99.0%
Springfield Collegehttps://springfield.edu/programs/physician-assistant-studiesNo3Not Required6 years99.4%Must apply Early Decision, HSGPA 3.5 Average, Successful applicants possess an average SAT/ACT score of 1250/27
Stockton Universityhttps://www.stockton.edu/health-sciences/health-science-physician-assistant.htmlYes3Not Required5 yearsNo dataHSGPA 3.7, SAT/ACT optional but a score of > 570 SAT Math, > 24 ACT Math will show competency when applying
Thomas Jefferson Universityhttps://www.jefferson.edu/content/academic/academics/colleges-schools-institutes/health-professions/departments-programs/health-sciences/physician-assistant-studies/health-sciences-bs-physician-assistant-ms.htmlYes3.25Not Required5 years96.0%
Union College (NE)https://ucollege.edu/pre-paYes3.5Not Required6 years98.6%Enrollees in the pre-PA program are not guaranteed admission, only preferred status
University of Detroit Mercyhttps://healthprofessions.udmercy.edu/academics/pa/five-year.phpYes3.5Yes5 years97.0%HSGPA 3.5+, SAT/ACT score of 1170/26+
University of Evansvillehttps://www.evansville.edu/majors/physicianassistant/directentry.cfmYes3.5Yes6 years100.0%HSGPA > 3.5, SAT/ACT score of > 1240/26
University of the Scienceshttps://www.usciences.edu/misher-college-of-arts-and-sciences/biological-sciences/physician-assistant-undergraduate-pre-professional-program/index.htmlYes3.2Not Required5 yearsNew ProgramTesting is optional
Valparaiso Universityhttps://www.valpo.edu/physician-assistant-program/programs/bshs/No3.3Not Required5 years98.0%HSGPA of 3.3+, Optional (Old Info SAT/ACT score of 1230/25)
Wagner Collegehttps://wagner.edu/physician-assistant/bs-ms/Yes3.2Not Required5 years99.00%Application by 12/1, Test scores are required
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Clarkson Universityhttps://www.clarkson.edu/undergraduate/physician-assistant-studiesYes3No Minimum Score6 years100.00%

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