The pre-physician assistant track provides a student with the opportunity to study as an undergraduate at the College of Liberal Arts in Macon and complete their Master of Medical Science degree at one of the nation's top schools for the health sciences, Mercer's College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
Pre-P.A. students may choose one of three paths as they prepare themselves for graduate school: 1) Students may earn a bachelor’s degree as they fulfill the prerequisites for the P.A. school of their choice; 2) Students may participate in the Guaranteed Admission Plus Degree Program (GAPDP) described in detail in the Student Handbook for the Pre-Physician Assistant Track; or 3) Students may fulfill only the minimum requirements for the P.A. school of their choice before matriculation into that graduate program (while most P.A. programs require a bachelor's degree before matriculation, some do not. Students are urged to consult the Student Handbook for more informaiton about the different P.A. programs available and their admission requirements).
Visit Academic & Advising Services for more information about all pre-professional tracks, and to download a Student Handbook.
MU pre-professional program details
Facts to Know
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the physician assistant is among the fastest growing occupations in America, and is expected to grow faster than average than all other occupations through the year 2014. In 2009, the mean salary of physician assistants was $81,610.
The core science coursework required by most P.A. schools is only offered on Mercer's Macon campus; students must therefore apply to one of Mercer's colleges or schools located in Macon, Georgia to complete the pre-physician assistant track.