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

Location: Boston
Start Term: Fall

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.

Students in this professional pathway program have the opportunity to earn a combined Bachelor of Science in Premedical and Health Studies and Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree in six years. Students who meet minimum GPA, patient care experience hours, and course requirements are guaranteed an interview for admission into the MPAS program during their third year.

You’ll work 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.

First-Time First-Year Entry

First-year applicants can view their admission requirements on the Undergraduate Applicants page.

Transfer Student Entry

Students with 12 or more college credits may transfer into the first or second year of the program. Courses must have been completed at a regionally accredited college or university with a grade of C or better for transfer. Math and science courses taken more than ten years prior to the anticipated date of matriculation to MCPHS will not be accepted.

While there are no specific required courses for entry into the first year of our program, the admission committee will look for success in any math and science courses you have already taken. If you complete any of the courses listed below, you may receive transfer credit and your first year course load may be lighter. However, due to the block registration nature of MCPHS programs, entering the first year of the program with transfer credits will not change the total length of your program. Courses, other than elective courses, may not be moved forward in your schedule.

Required Courses For Entry to Year II:

Linked courses are available through the MCPHS School of Professional Studies. 

Additional Courses Accepted for Transfer Credit:

  • General Elective (3 credits) (Acceptable courses include HistoryEnglish, Fine Arts, Philosophy, Government, Ethics, Foreign Language, Psychology, Religious Studies, Anthropology, Communications, and Economics)
  • Social Science elective (3 credits) (Acceptable courses include History, Political Science/Government, Anthropology, Upper-level Sociology, American Studies, Women Studies, Ethnic Studies, Geography, Economics)

Progressing Into the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program

First-time freshman and transfer students interested in progressing though the 3+3 pathway to the graduate program are required to submit an admission application for the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program at the beginning of the third year of the Premedical Health Studies Pathway program. All students who meet the minimum GPA, patient care experience hours, and course requirements will be guaranteed an interview for admission. For additional guidance on graduate admission requirements and steps through the pathway, matriculated pathway students should contact the internal admission counselor.

(Variations on this curriculum are possible. Please see the MCPHS University Catalog for a detailed description of the program curriculum.)

YEAR I Fall

COURSE

TITLE

SEMESTER HOURS

BIO 151/150L

Biology I (w/lab)

4

CHE 131/131L

Chemical Principles I (w/lab)

4

ITM 101

Introduction to the Major

1

LIB 111

Expository Writing I

3

MAT 151

Calculus I

3

YEAR I Spring

COURSE

TITLE

SEMESTER HOURS

BIO 152/152L

Biology II (w/lab)

4

CHE 132/132L

Chemical Principles II (w/lab)

4

LIB 112

Expository Writing II

3

LIB 120

Introduction to Psychology

3

MAT 152

Calculus II

3

YEAR II Fall

COURSE

TITLE

SEMESTER HOURS

CHE 231/231L

Organic Chemistry I (w/lab)

4

LIB 133

American Culture, Identity, and Public Life

3

MAT 261

Statistics

3

 

Behavioral Science Elective

3

 

Humanities Elective

3

YEAR II Spring

COURSE

TITLE

SEMESTER HOURS

BIO 255/255L

Medical Microbiology (w/lab)

4

CHE 232/234L

Organic Chemistry II (w/lab)

4

LIB 220

Introduction to Interpersonal Communication for Health Professionals

3

 

Social Science Elective

3

Accelerated Pre-PA students apply to Boston PA through CASPA during Year II summer break. They must take and pass the online courses PAS 402 & 403 by the end of this summer in order to apply. 

YEAR III Fall

COURSE

TITLE

SEMESTER HOURS

BIO 360

Cellular Biochemistry

4

PHY 270/272L

Or

PHY 280/280L

Foundations of Physics I (w/lab)

Or

Physics I (w/lab)

 

 

4

BIO 351/351L

Advanced Anatomy & Physiology I (w/lab)

 4

 

Behavioral Science Elective

3

 

General Elective

3

YEAR III Spring

COURSE

TITLE

SEMESTER HOURS

LIB 512

Healthcare Ethics

3

PHY 274/274L

Or

PHY 284/284L

Foundations of Physics II (w/lab)

Or

Physics II (w/lab)

 

 

4

BIO 352/352L 

Advanced Anatomy & Physiology II (w/lab)

3

 

Social Science Elective

3

 

Liberal Arts Elective

3

Accelerated Pre-PA accepted into the Boston MPAS program begin the program after year 3.

Students who plan to complete 4 years of MCPHS undergraduate work continue to year IV of PMHS BS program: a pathway change form may need to be completed. LIB 205 must be completed before graduation.

YEAR IV Fall

COURSE

TITLE

SEMESTER HOURS

 

Humanities Elective

3

 

General Electives

11

YEAR IV Spring

COURSE

TITLE

SEMESTER HOURS

LIB 480

Premedical and Health Studies Capstone Seminar

3

 

General Electives

9