Biology Pre-Physician Assistant Studies Major

Physician assistants are in-demand healthcare professionals. Nationally certified and state-licensed, PAs diagnose and treat illness and disease, and prescribe medication for patients*. They work in physician offices, hospitals, and clinics as a part of healthcare teams with supervising physicians and other healthcare providers.

The Biology Pre-Physician Assistant Studies major provides a well-rounded education in biological sciences that prepares you to apply for programs that prepare you to pursue certification as a physician assistant.

Saint Mary’s Biology Pre-Physician Assistant Studies major is a four-year course of instruction that leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree. Faculty advisers work closely with students to ensure all prerequisite requirements are met and students are prepared to successfully compete for entrance into a master’s-level physician assistant program.

*Saint Mary's Biology Pre-Physician Assistant Studies B.A. program is not designed to meet educational requirements for PA licensure in any jurisdiction. Students complete coursework to prepare for licensure within a master's level PA program.

Potential Careers

  • Participate in and complete master-level physician assistant program to pursue a career as a physician assistant

High School Preparation

High school coursework that will support students in their pursuit of a degree in Biology Pre-Physician Assistant Studies includes experience in biology, chemistry, and physiology and anatomy.

Enhance Your Experience

Students who graduate with a degree in Biology Pre-Physician Assistant Studies often pursue a double major or minor in Chemistry or Psychology.