College of Health Sciences
Physician Assistant Program
A general candidate must have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited undergraduate college or university with a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Prospective applicants with less than a 3.0 are strongly encouraged to enroll in multiple upper level human biological science courses and/or consider a post-baccalaureate or certificate biomedicine (or similar) program to enhance their file for future consideration.
Salus University and the University’s Physician Assistant program have partnered with Brigham Young University in Rexburg, Idaho and with Western New England University in Springfield, Massachusetts, to develop 3+2 Physician Assistant degree programs. Accordingly, the following requirements will apply to students entering through these programs:
Applicants accepted into the Brigham Young University Idaho 3+2 Affiliation Program must complete 90 semester hours of credit prior to enrollment and meet all other prerequisites as outlined in the program agreement.
Applicants accepted into the Western New England University 3+2 Affiliation Program must complete 101 semester hours of credit prior to enrollment and meet all other pre-requisites as outlined in the program agreement.
For all applicants, undergraduate credits must include the completion of prerequisite courses listed here with a grade of “C” or better.
Prerequisite course work must be completed within ten years of the anticipated entrance date to the physician assistant program.
A candidate must have completed a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited undergraduate college or university (If accepted into the Brigham Young-Idaho 3+2 Affiliation program, at least 90 semester hours of credit must be completed prior to enrollment. If accepted into the Western New England University 3+2 Affiliation program, at least 101 semester hours of credit must be completed prior to enrollment.)
Undergraduate credits must include the "pre-physician assistant” (pre-professional) courses listed below, completed with a 2.0 (C) or better. An applicant need not have completed all prerequisites prior to filing an application, but must be able to complete all outstanding prerequisites prior to enrolling. In order to fairly evaluate a candidate, no more than two prerequisite courses should be taken in the semester prior to the start of the program in August.
Completion of the following courses:
Four Semester Credits* in each of the following courses:
- Anatomy and Physiology I (or Anatomy) with laboratory
- Anatomy and Physiology II (or Physiology) with laboratory
- Chemistry I with laboratory
- Chemistry II (or Organic Chemistry) with laboratory
- Biology I with laboratory
- Biology II (or Genetics or Microbiology) with laboratory
Three Semester Credits in each of the following courses:
- Intro to Psychology or General Psychology
- Mathematics or Statistics
- English Composition
To better prepare you for the basic and clinical science courses in the program, we encourage - but do not require – courses in organic chemistry, genetics, microbiology, developmental psychology, abnormal psychology, statistics, immunology, cell biology, and/or biochemistry.
*Three semester credit course/s may be reviewed on an individual basis.