In Collaboration with Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences

The Biology - Health Science Major at Saint Mary’s is part of the 3+2 Physician Assistant Program with Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences.

If you are looking for a direct path to pursue a career as a Physician Assistant (PA) — and the opportunity to work with Mayo Clinic — this is it. As part of this accelerated academic program, you will spend three years studying at Saint Mary’s state-of-the-art Aquinas Hall on our Winona Campus. The following two years, you will learn from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences faculty at Saint Mary’s Rochester Campus and have clinical learning experiences at Mayo Clinic in Rochester and throughout Mayo Clinic Health System.

At the conclusion of your fourth year, you will earn a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology Health Science from Saint Mary’s University, and at the end of your fifth year, you will earn a Master of Health Sciences degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences. The Master of Health Science curriculum prepares students to sit for the PANCE exam and seek licensure as a physician assistant in Minnesota.

Potential Careers

The ultimate goal of this program is to create skilled PAs who choose to stay in the Midwest and work within Mayo Clinic Health System. National projections for the PA field predict 37 percent growth in the field over the next 10 years.

High School Preparation

Biology; Chemistry; and Physics. Preparation in mathematics is required with coursework that prepares students for college calculus. Applicants should speak with their admission counselor for more information.

Enhance Your Experience

Because of the accelerated coursework, your time on the Winona Campus is limited to three years. You will complete a required interdisciplinary minor as part of Integratus, the integrated general education program at Saint Mary's. As part of this program, students also attend seminars and participate in learning activities with Mayo Clinic PA faculty.