The College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Biological Sciences, and the School of Health and Medical Sciences offer a dual degree program leading to the Bachelor of Science in Biology and the Master
of Science in Physician Assistant (B.S./M.S.). This six-year (3+3) program offers
an opportunity for high-performing students to study in a traditional liberal arts
environment as well as in diverse clinical settings.
Physician assistants (PAs) are healthcare professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. As part of their comprehensive responsibilities, PAs conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive health care, assist in surgery, and prescribe treatments. Within the physician-PA relationship, physician assistants exercise autonomy in medical decision making and provide a broad range of diagnostic and therapeutic services. A PA's practice may also include education, research, and administrative services. Physician assistants are found in all areas of medicine. They practice in the areas of primary care medicine (family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, and obstetrics and gynecology) as well as in surgery and the surgical subspecialties.
At the conclusion of the junior year, students in good standing in the dual degree track will be invited to begin their graduate studies in the PA program during their senior year. Students who are not eligible for admission into the dual degree program may apply for entry to the PA program in the general applicant pool. Requirements for application to the PA program can be found in the Graduate Catalogue.
The Bachelor of Science in Biology is awarded at the completion of four years of study and the Master of Science in Physician Assistant is awarded at the completion of the sixth year of study.