Pre-PA

Pre-Physician Assistant

Students who plan to pursue a career as a physician assistant are considered to be on the "pre-physician assistant" or "pre-PA" track.  Pre-PA is not an academic major; students on the pre-PA track must declare and work towards a degree as they fulfill the admission requirements for their preferred PA graduate program(s).

Pre-physician assistant students may choose one of three paths as they prepare themselves for graduate school:

  1. Students may earn a bachelor’s degree as they fulfill the prerequisites for the PA program of their choice;

  2. Students may participate in one of the Accelerated Special Consideration Programs (ASCP) described in detail on the Special Consideration Programs page>>; or

  3. Students may fulfill only the minimum requirements for the PA school of their choice before matriculation into that graduate program (while most PA programs require a bachelor's degree before matriculation, a few do not).

Mercer pre-PA students will enroll in the MercerPreHealth Canvas course to start developing their professional school application portfolios, and participate in the workshops and seminars hosted by the professional advisors in the Office of Academic & Advising Services and the Center for Career & Professional Development.  The schedule of those events is available on the Mercer Science and Pre-Health Google Calendar>>.

Students who do not have access to the Canvas course may read through the 2017-18 Pre-PA Track Fundamentals>> handbook.

Students need to be aware that the prerequisite coursework in the sciences is only offered on Mercer's Macon campus; students must apply to one of Mercer's colleges or schools located in Macon, Georgia to complete any of the pre-health professions tracks. Students should also note that competency in mathematics at or above the calculus level is required to begin the chemistry and biology sequences at Mercer University. Students planning on following a pre-health professions track are therefore advised to take mathematics in high school at least through the pre-calculus level.

Related professions:

Anesthesiologist AssistantPre-Anesthesiologist Assistant Track Fundamentals>>

Pathologists' Assistant: Pre-Pathologists' Assistant Track Fundamentals>>