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Psychology: Pre-Physician Assistant

Offered by: Psychology

The SRU Psychology major is an excellent choice if you're preparing for graduate study and a career as a physician assistant.

Why Choose Psychology: Pre-Physician Assistant?

As a psychology student, you will become skilled in understanding human behavior and functioning. You will learn the science of behavior change as a basis for promoting well-being and addressing the psychological and physical health goals of future patients.

What are your options?

Psychology Pre-Physician Assistant SRU 3+2:
Earn a Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies in five years rather than six. In the first three years, you complete your psychology major courses and pre-requisites for the SRU PA program. During your third undergraduate year, you apply for admission into the SRU PA program. If accepted, your first year in the SRU PA program meets the remaining requirements for your undergraduate degree. If not accepted, you continue to complete your undergraduate degree and can reapply to the program. The accelerated option is for incoming freshmen only.  

Psychology Pre-Physician Assistant (SRU Traditional):
Complete the requirements for your psychology - neuroscience major and the pre-requisites for the SRU PA program and apply to the SRU PA program in your senior year.

Psychology Pre-Physician Assistant with Chatham University:
SRU also has an articulation agreement with Chatham University whereby  Chatham will reserve two seats in its Master of Physician Assistant Studies program exclusively for two SRU students.

Career as a Physician Assistant

Upon completion of the psychology undergraduate program and the Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant Studies program, you will be well prepared to embark on your career as a Physician Assistant, a booming profession with increasing demand.

Clubs & Organizations

  • Psi Chi
  • Psychology Club
  • Reflections Body Image Organization
  • Pre-Physician Assistant Club