PA Prospective Students
The Union College Physician Assistant Program prepares students from diverse backgrounds for excellence in the PA profession, developing their God-given abilities in harmony with the highest physical, mental and spiritual ideals. Graduates of the program will further these qualities, as well as pursue the vision and goals of the program, as they move into clinical practice.
Union College offers a 33-month professional course of study, leading to a Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) degree. The program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant Inc.(ARC-PA), and graduates may sit for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination.
Application may be made before all PA prerequisite courses are completed; however, prereqs must be completed by August 1 of the summer the candidate begins the program. For more information, see admission requirements.
You may apply to the PA Program with a bachelor's in almost any field, though commonly we see Chemistry, Biology, Biochemistry, Health Science, Exercise Physiology, and Psychology. Union College offers two majors that have a PA track build right in, making it easier to complete the PA prerequistes as you complete your four-year degree. You may want to check out the International Rescue and Relief Pre PA and the Biomedical Science Pre PA majors!
Union College also offers the Bachelor of Health Science major, which allows qualifying students to earn both a bachelor's and master's degree in only six years.
It should be noted that "pre-PA" designates a student who plans to pursue the master's level PA route after completing his bachelor's. Pre-PA is not a major in itself. Students interested in PA need to choose a major to focus on, in addition to picking up PA prereq classes and the non-academic prereqs such the 480 hours of direct patient health care.