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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 December 2023

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InstitutionInterview Required?Required GPA to AdvanceRequire GRE?Length (in years)PANCE Pass Rate (Five-Year)Notes
188526ACPHSYes3.2No697.0%https://www.acphs.edu/pre-paReserved seat
211088Arcadia UniversityNo3.4No697.6%https://www.arcadia.edu/academics/programs/pre-physician-assistantAssured Admission
190044Clarkson UniversityYes3.0No695.0%https://www.clarkson.edu/undergraduate/physician-assistant-studiesDirect Entry
181604CSMCollege of Saint MaryYes3.0No599.2%https://www.csm.edu/academics/health-human-services/pre-physician-assistantHSGPA 3.5 (Minimum); SAT/ACT 1180/24 (Minimum)
190716D'Youville UniversityYes3.0No495.2%https://www.dyu.edu/academics/schools-and-departments/school-health-professions/physician-assistantSAT/ACT 1152/20 (Average)
190725Daemen UniversityYes3.0No597.0%https://www.daemen.edu/academics/areas-study/physician-assistant/natural-science-health-science-bs-physician-assistantHSGPA 3.5 (Minimum); 1170 SAT (Minimum)
210739DeSales UniversityYes--5100.0%https://www.desales.edu/academics/academic-programs/detail/medical-studies-physician-assistantHSGPA 3.4 (Minimum), Highly recommend test score submission
212054Drexel UniversityYes3.5No5.2599.2%https://drexel.edu/cnhp/academics/undergraduate/BS-MHS-Physician-Assistant-Option/
212106Duquesne UniversityYes3.0No591.0%https://www.duq.edu/academics/schools/health-sciences/academic-programs/physician-assistant-studiesGuaranteed Admission; HSGPA 3.0 (Minimum); SAT/ACT 1170/24 (Minimum); Test-optional
160074Yes3.0No5 - 5.5100.0%https://franu.edu/academics/academic-programs/biology/accelerated-3-2-pathway-to-physician-assistant-studiesHSGPA 3.3 (Minimum); 1230/26 SAT/ACT (Minimum)
212601Gannon UniversityYes3.0No598.8%https://www.gannon.edu/Academic-Offerings/Health-Professions-and-Sciences/Undergraduate/Physician-Assistant/Admission-Requirements/HSGPA 3.4 (Minimum)
191649Hofstra UniversityYes3.3No5.597.4%https://www.hofstra.edu/academics/colleges/nursing-physician-assistant/physician-assistant/physician-assistant-freshman-applicants.htmlHSGPA 3.5 (Minimum); 1300/27 SAT/ACT (Minimum)
203544Kettering CollegeYes3.0*Yes599.2%https://kc.edu/academics/physician-assistant/Minimum 3.0 prerequisite science GPA required for entry into MPAS
213321King's CollegeYes3.2No598.6%https://www.kings.edu/academics/undergraduate_majors/physicianassistant/undergradGuaranteed Admission
192323Le Moyne CollegeYes3.4No5 - 695.0%https://www.lemoyne.edu/Academics/Undergraduate-Programs/Health-Sciences/Direct-Entry-PA-ProgramDirect entry; HSGPA 3.7 (Minimum)
213613Lock Haven UniversityYes3.2-599.0%https://www.lockhaven.edu/healthscience/prepa/#tab-21200/25 SAT/ACT (Minimum)
166656MCPHSYes--698.0%https://www.mcphs.edu/academics/school-of-arts-and-sciences/premedical-and-health-studies/premed-pathway-physician-assistant-studies-mpas
239105Marquette UniversityYes3.0No5.33100.0%https://www.marquette.edu/physician-assistant/apply-marquette-undergraduate.php
213826Marywood UniversityYes3.0Yes598.4%https://marywood.smartcatalogiq.com/2021-2022/graduate-catalog/college-of-health-and-human-services/physician-assistant/physician-assistant-studies-master-of-science/
194091NYITNew York Institute of TechnologyYes3.0No698.80%https://www.nyit.edu/departments/physician_assistant_studies#HSGPA 3.7 (Minimum); SAT/ACT 1170/24 (Minimum)
136215NSUNova Southeastern UniversityYes3.2Minimum 153 (quantitative); Minimum 4.0 (analytical writing)6.2596.0%https://www.nova.edu/undergraduate/academics/dual-admission/physicians-assistant.htmlDual Admission; 3.5 HSGPA (Minimum); 1220/25 SAT/ACT (Minimum)
130226Quinnipiac UniversityYes*3.2No6.2599.20%https://www.qu.edu/schools/health-sciences/programs/dual-degree-bs-health-science-studies-mhs-physician-assistant.htmlGuaranteed Admission; Interview is conducted as part of a class
195003RITRochester Institute of TechnologyYes3.0-597.6%https://www.rit.edu/healthsciences/study/physician-assistant-bs-ms
186380Rutgers University - New BrunswickYes3.2No699.0%https://shp.rutgers.edu/physician-assistant/master-of-science-physician-assistant-program/
215743Saint Francis UniversityNo3.2No597.0%https://www.francis.edu/Physician-Assistant-Science/
215132SJUSaint Joseph's UniversityYes3.2-5 - 668%*https://www.sju.edu/degree-programs/pre-physician-assistant-major*New Program - Only have PANCE results from 2022
214564Yes3.7No5 - 6100.0%https://www.salus.edu/Colleges/Health-Sciences/Physician-Assistant/Affiliate-Undergraduate-Physician-Assistant-Progra.aspx3 + 2 Program: Western New England University students (Requires 3.7 GPA to advance to professional program); 4 +2 Program: Caldwell University, Cedar Crest College, Chestnut Hill College, Immaculata University, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Keystone College, Messiah University, Rosemont College (Required GPA dependant on undergraduate institution (3.5 - 3.7) )
186584Seton Hall UniversityYes3.2Yes6100.0%https://www.shu.edu/academics/bs-ms-physician-assistant.cfm
215947Seton Hill UniversityYes3.2No598.4%https://www.setonhill.edu/academics/undergraduate-programs/physician-assistant-bs-ms/HSGPA 3.2 (Minimum); 1160/24 SAT/ACT (Minimum)
216038SRUSlippery Rock UniversityYes3.25-598.4%https://www.sru.edu/academics/majors-and-minors/biology-pre-physician-assistant
167899Springfield CollegeYes3.5No696.0%https://springfield.edu/programs/physician-assistant-studiesHSGPA 3.5 (Average)
216366Thomas Jefferson UniversityNo3.5No699.6%https://www.jefferson.edu/content/academic/academics/colleges-schools-institutes/health-professions/departments-programs/health-sciences/physician-assistant-studies/health-sciences-bs-physician-assistant-ms.htmlAssured Admission
181738Union College (NE)Yes3.0No698.0%https://ucollege.edu/pre-paPreferred Status
169716University of Detroit MercyYes3.5Yes597.4%https://eng-sci.udmercy.edu/academics/science/pre-health/pa-five-year.phpHSGPA 3.5 (Minimum); 1240/26 SAT/ACT (Minimum)
150534UEUniversity of EvansvilleYes3.5No6100.0%https://www.evansville.edu/majors/physicianassistant/directentry.cfmHSGPA 3.5 (Minimum); 1200/25 SAT/ACT (Minimum)
152600Valparaiso UniversityNoNoneNo596.8%https://www.valpo.edu/physician-assistant-program/programs/admission/Direct Admit; HSGPA 3.3 (Minimum); Grade of C or better required for most of required undergraduate classes to progress to MSPA program
197197Wagner CollegeYes3.2-599.0%https://wagner.edu/physician-assistant/bs-ms/

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