BA/MS Physician Assistant

Rutgers School of Health Professions

Physician Assistant 3+3 Program


The purpose of the BA/MS Combined Degree Program is to offer undergraduates an opportunity to enter the PA Program prior to their college graduation.  The program is a 3+3 program with the first three years spent as an undergraduate and the last three years spent in the professional graduate program. 

In order to qualify, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • They must be currently enrolled in their fourth term (semester) at the School of Arts and Sciences (SAS). Note, applicants with an Associate’s Degree, regardless of whether it was earned as a dual degree in high school or as a traditional degree after high school, are ineligible to apply for the program.
  • At a minimum, they must be enrolled for one year at RU-NB, earning 30 credits.
  • Students must have a minimum science and overall GPA of 3.2.
  • They must have completed, with a grade of “C” or better, at least one term of English (3 credits must be composition), Applied Statistics or Biostatistics (from Psychology, Biology or Math departments), General Biology I and II with lab, General Chemistry I and II with lab, Organic Chemistry I (If the student accepts AP credit, additional science courses will be required to calculate a science GPA) and General Psychology.


  • Patient Contact Experience: Patient contact is required. The Program has not established a minimum number of hours of healthcare experience, but the most competitive applicants will be able to document experience working directly with patients. Examples of the types of experiences that are recommended include, but are not limited to, medical assistants, nursing assistants/aides, nurses, EMTs, patient care technicians, physical therapy assistants, etc.
  • PA Shadowing: PA shadowing is required.  It is important that applicants spend time with PAs to ensure a sufficient understanding of the PA role in the delivery of healthcare. Therefore, applicants to the PA Program must be able to demonstrate familiarity with the PA profession through direct experience. This can be accomplished by either shadowing PAs in practice or working alongside PAs.
  • Volunteerism: Service to the community is one of the program’s core values.  The program seeks students who demonstrate an ongoing commitment to their community by volunteering.  The most competitive applicants have consistently volunteered, not only to gain healthcare experience, but because they are passionate about a particular cause, organization, or underserved population.

Please note, the deadline for applications is June 1.

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