Pre-physician Assistant Articulation agreement

Western New England University and Salus University 3 + 2 Pre-physician Assistant Articulation Agreement

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.

Applicants to the Salus University Physician Assistant Studies program must:

  • Complete the curriculum of 101 credits required by the Pre-physician Assistant program within three academic years.
  • Maintain an overall GPA of 3.1 for all coursework and otherwise be in good standing in the Western New England University Pre-PA program.

Under the agreement, Salus will provide up to four seats for qualified Western New England University pre-PA program students who apply for admission and are accepted into the Salus Physician Assistant Studies program.

If there are more than four Western New England University Pre-PA students who successfully meet all criteria for admission to the Salus PA program, the remaining applicants not offered one of the four seats will be considered for admission to the Salus PA along with other applicants in the Salus University general application pool. Salus University will confer the Master of Medical Science (MMS) degree to students who successfully complete the Physician Assistant Studies program at Salus.

Qualified candidates may submit an application to the Salus Physician Assistant Studies Program through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) by September 1 at the start of the third year in the Pre-PA program.

At the time of application to Salus University, students must:

  1. have accumulated at least the minimum number of required hours of direct patient care experience as listed on the Salus University website where a list of qualifying experiences is available.
  2. have earned and maintained a current certificate in Basic Life Support for Healthcare Provider offered through the American Heart Association (AHA).
  3. have a minimum CASPA calculated overall cumulative grade point average of 3.10 or higher.
  4. have a minimum CASPA calculated BCP grade point average of 3.10. (BCP GPA includes all biology, chemistry, and physics courses completed.)
  5. arrange for submission of a letter of recommendation from a Western New England University faculty member in the sciences familiar with the student's academic work as part of the CASPA application.
  6. provide Western New England University with the Salus transcript after successful completion of first year of the Salus PA Studies program in order to receive a BS in Health Sciences from Western New England University.

NOTE: Students interested in applying to other PA programs should check with those schools for their particular admission requirements, which may require applicants to have a bachelor’s degree.

Inside Pre-pharmacy


Fields: Pharmacies, hospitals, nursing homes, outpatient care centers, and clinics.

Outlook: According tor the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of pharmacists is expected to increase by 25 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Several factors are likely to contribute to this increase. Scientific advances will lead to new drug products. More people may get insurance coverage for medications. The number of older people is growing, and older people use more prescription medicines than younger people.

Demand is also likely to increase for pharmacists in physicians' offices, outpatient care centers, and nursing homes.

Opportunities: Because a significant number of pharmacists are expected to retire in the coming decade, new pharmacists should expect good job prospects.