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 B.S. in Exercise Science Pre-Physician Assistant 



According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Physician Assistant (PA) profession is ranked as the third fastest-growing profession in the country. "Employment of Physician Assistants is expected to increase 30 percent from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations. As more physicians enter specialty areas of medicine, there will be a greater need for primary healthcare providers, such as Physician Assistants. Good job prospects are expected. This should be particularly true for Physician Assistants working in rural and medically underserved areas, as well as Physician Assistants working in primary care."

The Slippery Rock University Physician Assistant program anticipates matriculating its first class in May 2016 pending achieving Accreditation-Provisional status at the March 2016 ARC-PA commission meeting. To learn more about the Physician Assistant Studies program at SRU, please click

Currently, SRU does have an articulation agreement with Chatham University whereby Chatham will reserve two (2) of the approximately 70 seats in their Masters of Physician Assistant Studies program for two (2) Slippery Rock students from selected undergraduate majors. Click here to view specifics about the Pre-Physician Assistant Chatham program at SRU. To learn about the MPAS program at Chatham, visit their website.

Exercise Science at SRU is an excellent undergraduate major if you are preparing for graduate study and a career as a PA. As an Exercise Science student at SRU you will become skilled in understanding the human body and how it responds and adapts. You will also understand the psychology of motivation and how you can help your future patients reach their health-related goals. The Exercise Science major at SRU provides you with a strong science base including anatomy, exercise physiology, and biomechanics, and then allows you to apply this knowledge in practical experiences working with “real” people. You develop expertise while utiliz­ing advanced technology and hands on learning experiences under the careful supervision of a student-centered faculty. The Slippery Rock University Exercise Science Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Programs (CAAHEP).

  Andrea Campbell earned her Bachelor of Science at SRU before attending graduate school to become a Physician Assistant. Here’s what she had to say:

“I’m Prepared! Slippery Rock Exercise Science started it all for me. The Exercise Science program afforded me the opportunities to pursue my career path. I am now graduating with a Master’s of Medical Science and getting ready to begin work as a Physician Assistant.

This program is for incoming freshman only - no transfer students are eligible. Advanced Placement Examinations (AP) credits cannot be accepted for the undergraduate prerequisite courses required by Chatham.

Please let admissions know that you are interested in the Pre-PA Chatham program and all you have to do is select one of the 4 undergraduate majors. You can also view our Fact Sheet for more information.

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Watch Exercise Science Students in SRU Student Success Stories Videos:

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Donald Robinson