PA Prospective Students
As indicated in our mission statement, the Union College PA Program prepares students from diverse backgrounds for excellence in the PA profession, developing their God-given abilities in harmony with the highest physical, mental, social and spiritual ideals.
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 Union's MPAS degree after completing a bachelor's degree. 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.