BA/MS Physician Assistant

Rutgers School of Health Professions

Physician Assistant 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)
  • At a minimum, they must be enrolled for one year at RU-NB, earning 30 credits
  • Students must have a minimum GPA of 3.2
  • They must have completed, with a grade of ā€œCā€ 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 , and General Psychology. If the student accepts AP credit, particularly for science classes, additional science courses will be required.

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, hospice volunteers, etc.

PA Shadowing:  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.


Accepted students must have:

  • All general education requirements in The School of Arts and Sciences completed by the end of the 3rd year
  • A minimum 3.2 GPA during their undergraduate years
  • Any summer course(s) completed before August when the PA courses begin

Application packets can be downloaded off the website: Deadline for applications is June 1st.

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