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Physician Assistant (Pre-Physician Assistant studies)

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Degree Details

Offered as: Bachelor

Program Highlights

  • Small Classroom Size
  • Exceptional Faculty - All hold doctorate degrees
  • State-of-the-art Facilities and Science Laboratories - New Facility opening as early as January 2018
  • Successful placement of students into professional schools
  • Two Degrees from Two Different Places
  • Affordable - Cost Savings by attending Mount Aloysius College First

Why Study to become a Physician Assistant at Mount Aloysius College?

Mount Aloysius College offers flexible and affordable options to start your Physician Assistant education on campus and pursue a higher degree at a number of related institutions with departmental support and guidance.

Mount Aloysius College offers an affordable and practical first step toward your career as a physician assistant.  Students will successfully complete the Pre-Physician Assistant phase at Mount Aloysius College where the end result is a Bachelor Degree in General Science/Pre-Physician Assistant.  During the student’s senior year the department chair will prepare the student to make application at the colleges and universities where the student desires to enroll to complete two additional years of study for the Masters Degree in Physician Assistant.   The department chair will advise students well by the conclusion of the freshmen year if a student is Physician Assistant bound.  The department chair will work with highly successful students to transition at the end of the junior year on a case-by-case basis.

Colleges and universities where Mount Aloysius College students enroll for the professional phase include:  Arcadia University, Chatham University, Duquesne University, Lock Haven University, Saint Francis University, Slippery Rock University, Thomas Jefferson University, and theUniversity of Pittsburgh, among others

What do Physician Assistants do?

Physician Assistants obtain patient histories, perform physical examinations, diagnose illness and develop treatment strategies, order and interpret lab tests, counsel patients on preventative health, perform various medical procedures, assist in surgical operations, and in most states write prescriptions.

Possible Careers

Physician Assistants work in a plethora of locations, including:

  • Physicians offices
  • Hospitals
  • Outpatient care centers
  • Government agencies
  • Educational services

Are there job openings? How much will I make?

The demand for Physician Assistants is expected to rise 30% from 2014 to 2024, an increase of 28,700 jobs.*

The average median wage for a Physician Assistant in the state of Pennsylvania is $87,610.*

*Bureau of Labor Statistics

Who will teach me?

The Health Studies and Science and Mathematics Departments are comprised of full-time faculty who hold Doctorate and Bachelor’s Degrees in their disciplines. The faculty in this program provides the aspiring Physician Assistant students with a solid foundation to achieve their career goals through a Bachelor of Science Degree from Mount Aloysius College.

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Merrilee Anderson
Professor of Science and Mathematics/
Associate Academic Dean and Chairperson for Health Studies
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Juan Diaz, Jr.
Assistant Professor of Science and Mathematics
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J. Michael Engle
Associate Professor of Science and Mathematics
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Laura Michaels
Assistant Professor of Science and Mathematics
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Sandra Nypaver
Assistant Professor of Science and Mathematics
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Penny O’Connor
Associate Professor and Chair of Science and Mathematics
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John Whitlock
Assistant Professor of Science & Mathematics
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AnaLu MacVean
Instructor of Science and Mathematics/Lab Manager
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Crystal Goldyn
Assistant Professor of Science and Mathematics
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Aimee Itle
Instructor of Science & Mathematics



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