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Become a Physician Assistant (PA)

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Public Health: Pre-Physician Assistant

Offered by: Public Health

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

Why Choose Public Health: Pre-Physician Assistant?

The Public Health program educates the whole person and prepares you to work as a professional in the public health field. Our curriculum emphasizes healthy lifestyles, multicultural health needs, research and advances in health, and use of the latest computer-related technology.

What are your options?

Public Health 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 public health 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.  

Public Health Pre-Physician Assistant (SRU Traditional):
Complete the requirements for your public health major and the pre-requisites for the SRU PA program and apply to the SRU PA program in your senior year.  

Public Health 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 Public Health 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

  • Slippery Rock Collegiate Chapter of the Pennsylvania Public Health Association
  • Pre-Physician Assistant Club