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."
While SRU does not have a graduate program for Physician Assistants, SRU does, however, 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. To learn about the MPAS program at Chatham, visit their website. Click here to view specifics about the Pre-Physican Assistant program at SRU.
Course Sequence for Athletic Training Pre-Physician Assistant BS
Athletic Training at SRU is an outstanding undergraduate major that prepares students to become healthcare providers, many who further their education to become a Physician Assistant. As an Athletic Training Student at SRU you will acquire a solid knowledge base and become skilled in injury/illness prevention, emergency care, and diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of injuries/illnesses. The Athletic Training major at SRU provides you with an excellent foundation in anatomy, physiology, and biomechanics, and then provides you with opportunities to apply previously acquired knowledge, skills and abilities working with a variety of patients/clients at several of our affiliate sites. The Athletic Training Student at SRU will develop the necessary skills to provide current evidence-based care to a diverse population.
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.