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 Sciences Required6 years97.0%SAT/ACT score 1280/28 (average)
Arcadia University (quantitative); 158 (verbal)6 years96-100%HSGPA 3.4 9 (minimum)
College of Saint Mary (NE) or Above 25% in all sections5 years94.2%HSGPA 3.0 (minimum); SAT/ACT score of 1180/24 (Minimum)
D'Youville College Required4.5 years94.4%HS grade average 85% /(minimum); Optional SAT/ACT
Daeman College Required5 years97.0%HS grade average 90% Minimum (Accepted students are usually >94%), most successful applicants possess an SAT score >1170
DeSales University years100.0%HSGPA 3.4, Highly recommend test score submission.
Drexel University Required5.25 years98.2%Apply during Winter Term of Freshman year for qualifying students
Duquesne University 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 University> 290 Combined Score5-5.5 years97.2%HSGPA >3.3, Applicants must possess an SAT/ACT score of 1315/27
Gannon University Required5 years96.0%HSGPA 3.4, Optional SAT/ACT, past score requirement of 1140/23
Hofstra University Required5.5 years98.4%HSGPA 3.5, Applicants must possess an SAT/ACT score of 1300/27
Kettering College years98.0%Apply after 3 years as Human Biology major
King's College Required5 years95.2%
Le Moyne College Required5-6 years96.0%HS grade average 92, Optional SAT/ACTpast score requirement of 1250/26
Lock Haven University years99.4%Application by invitation for Health Science/Pre PA track students with an SAT >1300
Marquette University Required5 years100.0%Apply as early as after sophomore year
Marywood University Required5 years96.0%
MA College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences Required6 years93.0%Test Optional
New York Institute of Technology Required6 years98.4%HS grade average 90, Applicants must possess an SAT/ACT score of 1170/24
Nova Southeastern University (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 Technology Required5 years97.8%HSGPA 3.5, Applicants must possess an SAT/ACT score of 1200/25
Quinnipiac University Required6.25 years96.8%Early Action applications recommended
Rochester Institute of Technology Required5 years92.0%HSGPA >3.0
Rutgers University - New Brunswick 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 University Required5 years98.0%Applicants must possess an SAT/ACT score of 1220/25
Salus University/Western New England Univerity 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 University or above the 50% in each test area6 years99.0%
Seton Hill University Required5 years93.0%HSGPA >3.2, Applicants must possess an SAT/ACT score of at least 1160/24
Slippery Rock University Required5 years99.0%
Springfield College Required6 years99.4%Must apply Early Decision, HSGPA 3.5 Average, Successful applicants possess an average SAT/ACT score of 1250/27
Stockton University 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 University Required5 years96.0%
Union College (NE) Required6 years98.6%Enrollees in the pre-PA program are not guaranteed admission, only preferred status
University of Detroit Mercy years97.0%HSGPA 3.5+, SAT/ACT score of 1170/26+
University of Evansville years100.0%HSGPA > 3.5, SAT/ACT score of > 1240/26
University of the Sciences Required5 yearsNew ProgramTesting is optional
Valparaiso University Required5 years98.0%HSGPA of 3.3+, Optional (Old Info SAT/ACT score of 1230/25)
Wagner College Required5 years99.00%Application by 12/1, Test scores are required
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Clarkson University Minimum Score6 years100.00%

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