The Western New England University Pre-physician Assistant program is a stepping-stone to becoming a valued caregiver in the healthcare field. Our three-year program provides an opportunity for qualified students to prepare for admission to the Salus University Physician Assistant Studies program. After a successful admission to Salus, you will have the opportunity to be awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences from Western New England and a Master of Medical Science from Salus through our 3+2 articulation agreement.
Why Choose Pre-physician Assistant?
Wanted: Caring, dedicated individuals ready to make a personal impact on improving patient care. Today, physician assistants (PAs) play an increasingly important role in serving patients. Whether working in hospitals, clinics, or private practices, they represent the future direction of patient-centered healthcare.
What Will You Study?
In the Pre-physician Assistant program, you will be immersed in the study of biology to understand the basic structure and functioning of cells and organisms. You will take courses in General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology, Biochemistry, Genetics, and Physics, as well as courses in the general liberal arts curriculum. With a strong emphasis on lab work, you will have access to the modern labs and equipment of the Center for the Sciences and Pharmacy.
According the U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics (BLS), a Physician Assistant, also known as a PA, practices medicine under the direction of physicians and surgeons. They are formally trained to examine patients, diagnose injuries and illnesses, and provide treatment. Physician assistants work in doctor's offices, hospitals, clinics, college campuses, and other healthcare environments. The BLS predicts, that "employment of physician assistants is expected to increase 30% from 2010 to 2020, much faster than the average for all occupations."
You will be mentored by outstanding faculty who have studied at such institutions as University of Massachusetts, Amherst and UMass Medical School; Dartmouth; Kent State; Brown University; Columbia; Yale; University of Oregon; and the University of Texas at Austin. Our distinguished science faculty conducts fascinating research, yet outstanding classroom teaching is always each professor's top priority.
Unique Learning Opportunities
Agreement with Salus University
Students who have successfully completed the Western New England University Pre-physician Assistant program requirements can be considered for admission to the Salus University Physician Assistant Studies program, which leads to the Master of Medical Science. Read our articulation agreement.