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 becoming a 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 Science and Learning Center 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 in PA Studies Degree from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences.

Career Options

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

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 through the Integrated General Education Platform. As part of this program, students also attend seminars and participate in learning activities with Mayo Clinic PA faculty.