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).

Students need to be aware that the prerequisite science coursework for the pre-health professions tracks is only offered on Mercer's Macon campus. Students must therefore be enrolled in one of Mercer's colleges or schools on the Macon campus to complete any of the pre-health professions tracks.

Students should also note that the prerequisite for all introductory science courses (chemistry, biology, and physics) is "calculus-readiness" (competency in mathematics at or above the pre-calculus level). 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.

Pre-PA Track Advising Resources

Current Mercer Students

Students enrolled at Mercer who are following one of the pre-health professions tracks should enroll in the "MercerPreHealth" advising course on Canvas>>.