Bachelor of Science in Premedical and Health Studies: Physician Assistant Studies Pathway (BS/MPAS)

Location: Boston

As a physician assistant, you provide care to patients as an extension of the physician relationship and a vital member of the healthcare team. This program allows you to focus your education on your career goals, so you’ll be well prepared to start treating patients on the first day of your new career.

During this professional pathway program, you’ll earn a combined Bachelor of Science in Premedical and Health Studies and Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree in six years. You’ll work with closely with faculty mentors who have years of expertise in both teaching and advising pre-health professions students. And after an intensive study of the basic behavioral and medical sciences, you’ll have in-depth exposure to a wide variety of patients in a range of clinical clerkships. All to prepare you to begin your career with confidence.

Freshman applicants can view their admission requirements on the Undergraduate Applicants page.

Our agreements with partnering institutions require that students complete all of their coursework at MCPHS. For that reason, we are unable to accept transfer students into this pathway program. 

Please consider applying to the following programs, which you can transfer in to: 

Physician Assistant Studies (BS/MPAS with MCPHS-Boston or Worcester)

Year I-Fall

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS
BIO150L Biology I Laboratory 1
BIO151 Biology I: Cell and Molecular Biology 3
CHE131 Chemical Principles I (w/ lab) 4
FYS101 Introduction to the Major 1
LIB111 Expository Writing I 3
MAT151 Calculus I 3
TOTAL
15

Year I-Spring

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS
BIO152 Biology II: Biology of Organisms (w/ lab) 4
CHE132 Chemical Principles II (w/ lab) 4
LIB112 Expository Writing II 3
LIB120 OR LIB133 Introduction to Psychology OR American Culture, Identity, and Public Life
3
MAT152 Calculus II 3
TOTAL
17

If LIB 120 is completed in Year I Spring, then you will have the following Year II schedule.

Year II-Fall

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS
CHE231 Organic Chemistry I (w/ lab) 4

Behavioral Sciences elective I* 3
LIB133 American Culture, Identity, and Public Life 3
LIB205 Health Professions Orientation Seminar 1
MAT261 Statistics 3

Humanities elective 3
TOTAL
17

Year II-Spring

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS
BIO255 Medical Microbiology (w/ lab) 4
CHE232 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHE234L Organic Chemistry II Lab 1
SSC230 Cultural Anthropology 3
LIB220 Introduction to Interpersonal Communication for Health Professionals 3
TOTAL
14

If LIB 133 is completed in Year I spring, then you will have the following Year II schedule.

Year II-Fall

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS
CHE231 Organic Chemistry I (w/ lab) 4
LIB120 Introduction to Psychology 3
LIB205 Health Professions Orientation Seminar 1
MAT261 Statistics 3
SSC230 Cultural Anthropology 3
TOTAL
14

Year II-Spring

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS

Behavioral Sciences elective I 3
BIO255 Medical Microbiology (w/ lab) 4
CHE232 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHE234L Organic Chemistry II Lab 1

Humanities elective 3
LIB220 Interpersonal Communication for Health Professionals 3
TOTAL
17

Year III-Fall

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS
BIO351 Adv. Anatomy & Physiology I (w/ lab) 4
PHY270 Foundations of Physics I 3
PHY272L Foundations of Physics I Lab 1
BIO360 Cellular Biochemistry 4

Behavioral Sciences elective II* 3
TOTAL
15

*Two BEH electives are required and must be chosen from a specific list. 

Year III-Spring

COURSE
TITLE
SEMESTER HOURS
BIO352 Adv. Anatomy & Physiology II (w/ lab) 4
LIB512 Healthcare Ethics 3
PHY274 Foundations of Physics II (w/ lab) 4
SSC495 Evolution of the Health Professions 3

Liberal Arts elective** 3
TOTAL
17

**The Liberal Arts elective can be any 3 semester hour course in the following areas: BEH, SSC, HUM, language or communication.

BEH elective choices include:

BEH250 Health Psychology
BEH405 Mind/Body Medicine
BEH260 Behavioral Health
BEH341 Biological Psychology
BEH454 Stress & Illness
BEH351 Social Psychology
BEH352 Human Development Through the Life Cycle
 

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Alessandro Cavaliere, Premed/PA ‘20

Alessandro Cavaliere, Premed/PA ‘20 shares how the Premedical and Health Studies program started him on a pathway to his dream career.

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