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Looking to Transfer into an Accelerated Physician Assistant Program?

USciences is known for its commitment to the sciences, and we offer transfer students interested in becoming a physician assistant an accelerated entry-level program that allows you to apply to the MSPAS program at the University of the Sciences or Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) after completion of three years of undergraduate work. Below you will see what makes our program the best choice for completing your degree and also discover what credits you’ll need to transfer in as a first- or second-year student.

Course Planning

Access our worksheet for physician assistant program to see the courses you need for a smooth transfer into the first or second year of the Physician Assistant Program.

How does your current coursework stack up?

Here are the courses we recommend taking before transferring into USciences Physician Assistant Program Click here for an incomplete list of courses from other institutions that transfer into USciences.

You are eligible for FIRST-YEAR CONSIDERATION if you:

  1. have completed some coursework at the collegiate level.
  2. have a minimum college GPA of 3.0 with no science grades below a “C.”
  3. have a minimum of 50 hours of direct patient contact (see below under Additional Considerations for more information about this requirement).
  4. meet our general admissions requirements.

You are eligible for SECOND-YEAR CONSIDERATION if you:

  1. have completed some coursework at the collegiate level.
  2. have a minimum college GPA of 3.0 with no science grades below a “C.”
  3. have a minimum of 150 hours of direct patient contact (see below under Additional Considerations for more information about this requirement).
  4. have completed, at the collegiate level, the following first-year courses:
  5. General Biology I & II with labs
    (NOT Anatomy & Physiology)
    8 cr.
    General Chemistry I & II (for science majors) with labs 8 cr.
    Pre-calculus & Calculus I 6 cr.
    2 Semesters of Writing Intensive English 6 cr.
    Introduction to Psychology 3 cr.

If you find you have not completed all of the required courses for transfer, we encourage you to apply and allow us to evaluate your coursework and, if you are accepted, to develop a customized curriculum that will allow you to complete your degree at USciences.

Additional Considerations for Transfer into the Physician Assistant Program:

  • The physician assistant program has an application deadline of March 15. Admissions decisions are made as applications are completed.
  • Correct sequence of coursework should be completed or be in the process of completion when an application is submitted. There is a minimum requirement of 2 years of study at USciences for students.
  • We are not able to give credit for the following upper level science courses, for the PA program: Anatomy and Physiology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Clinical Immunology, Hematology, Medical Terminology, Organic Chemistry, Pharmacology, or Scientific Writing.
  • Direct patient contact hours are required prior to the start of the Fall semester. Direct patient contact is defined as any shadowing, volunteering, or paid work that places the student in a medical venue with direct contact/observation of patients being interviewed, examined, treated, and/or counseled. Shadowing may be of a physician assistant, physician, nurse practitioner, or nurse. Diversity of venues and medical specialties are encouraged to allow for gaining knowledge of the many aspects of patient care and the scope of physician assistant practice. Documentation of these experiences must be provided.
  • Acceptance into the pre-professional phase of the physician assistant program reserves you the opportunity to apply and interview for a seat in the professional phase of the program, however it does not guarantee admission into the professional phase at PCOM or the University of the Sciences MSPAS programs.

Click here to get started on your transfer to USciences’ physician assistant program! The physician assistant program has an application deadline of March 15.

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