GAP Pre-PA

Accelerated Special Consideration Programs for Physician Assistant

Mercer University’s Accelerated Special Consideration Programs (ASCP) offer high-achieving, first-time students* enrolled on the Macon campus in either the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) or the College of Health Professions (CHP) the opportunity to earn both a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Medical Science degree in about six years, and gives students the security of a guaranteed interview with the PA program at Mercer University’s College of Health Professions on the Cecil B. Day campus in Atlanta.

Students may participate in one of two programs:

1. The Accelerated Special Consideration Program (ASCP) offered by the College of Liberal Arts (CLA) leads to the completion of the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences (BSHS) from the CLA on the Macon campus and the Master of Medical Sciences (MMSc) from the Mercer University College of Health Professions (CHP) on the Atlanta campus within 6 years; or

2. The Accelerated Special Consideration Program (ASCP) offered by the College of Health Professions (CHP) leads to the completion of the Bachelor of Science in Public Health (BSPH) and the Master of Medical Sciences from the College of Health Professions within 6 years.

Program eligibility requirements are described below and summarized in Tables 1 and 2.

Coursework Required In Residence.  Mercer students who wish to earn Special Consideration upon application to the Mercer’s PA program must complete ALL of their coursework at Mercer (“in residence”); no transfer hours are allowed.  Students who take college courses at institutions other than Mercer after they graduate from high school are no longer eligible for either of the ASC programs.  With the approval of the CHP Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Admissions, dual enrollment, Advanced Placement, and International Baccalaureate credit may be used to fulfill the pre-PA requirements, but cannot count toward the semester hours required in residence by the program. Physical education and military science courses also cannot be used to satisfy this requirement.

Declaration of Intent.  Students interested in and eligible for one of these programs* must state their intention to pursue Special Consideration by the end of their first fall semester.  The link to the Declaration of Intent Google form is available from the Assistant Director of Pre-Health Professions Programs on the Macon campus (Office of Academic & Advising Services, Penfield Hall Annex).

Required Coursework. Students interested in and eligible for one of these programs must complete the coursework specified for that program (see Table 2), and in the specified timeframe (Table 1).

Direct Patient Care Experience.  ASCP students must provide documentation of 1,000 hours of direct patient care experience (PCE) before matriculation.  Documentation of at least 300 hours must be provided to the CHP by the time of application to the MMSc program, along with a clear plan for completion of the remainder.  Documentation of the balance of the required PCE must be submitted by Dec. 1st before matriculation.  Acceptable patient care experience includes medical assisting, nurse assisting, physical therapy assisting, and hospice volunteering in which direct patient care is involved (see also the CHP Web site).

Grade Point Averages.  ASCP-PA participants must maintain overall grade point averages (GPA’s) of 3.2 or higher, as well as 3.2 in all pre-PA natural science courses.  Grades of “C” or above must be earned in all pre-PA courses; if a course must be repeated, both grades earned will be averaged when calculating the student’s GPA’s.

Graduate Record Exam. ASCP students must earn the minimum combined score of 300 on the GRE (minimum 150 Verbal Reasoning; 3.5 Analytical Writing).  A score must be submitted with the CASPA application in January of year 3, but if the minimum is not achieved, students may take it again and submit the minimum by Mar. 1 of year 3.

Interview. ASCP students who comply with all guidelines of their respective program will be guaranteed an interview with representatives of the CHP’s PA program.

*No transfer credit hours after high school graduation; Math Index of 950 or higher upon acceptance.

NOTE: Complete details about both ASC programs and proposed schedules for completion of required coursework can be found in the Pre-PA Track Fundamentals handbook on the Pre-PA Track page.

Table 1. Summary of Program Requirements

Requirement

CLA’s Health Sciences ASCP

CHP’s Public Health ASCP

Hours in Residence (College)

90 credit hours (CLA)

111 credit hours (CHP and CLA)

Pre-req Completion Deadline

May of Year 3

December of Year 4

Minimum Overall GPA

3.2

3.2

Minimum Science GPA

3.2

3.2

Minimum GRE Scores

300 (VR 150, QR 150, AW 3.5)

300 (VR 150, QR 150, AW 3.5)

PA Application Deadline

Jan. 1 of year 3

(CASPA & Supplemental)

Jan. 1 of year 3

(CASPA & Supplemental)

Documented Patient Care Experience

1000 hr

(documentation of 300+ hr submitted with application; balance due by Dec. 1 year 4)

1000 hr

(documentation of 300+ hr submitted with application; balance due by Dec. 1 year 4)

Bachelor’s Degree

B.S. in Health Sciences

(earned August, year 4)

B.S. in Public Health

(earned May, year 4)

 

Table 2. Mercer-Macon Coursework Requirements

CLA’s Health Sciences ASCP (INT Option)

CHP’s Public Health ASCP

(MIDX of 950+)

INT 101

UNV 101

WRT 120

INT 201

INT 301

FLL competency

Creative Expression

Religious Heritage

Western Heritage

PSY 101

STA 126

 

CHM 111

CHM 112

CHM 221

CHM 222

BIO 211

BIO 212

BIO 202

BIO 203

BIO 303

BMB 465

Plus coursework to total 90 credit hours

(MIDX of 950+)

INT 101

UNV 101

WRT 120

INT 201

INT 301

Religious Heritage

Humanities/ Fine Arts

Behavioral/ Social Science

PSY 101

SOC 101

STA 126

CHM 111

CHM 112

CHM 221

CHM 222

BIO 211

BIO 212

BIO 202

BIO 203

BIO 303

BMB 465

PBH 101

PBH 105

PBH 200

PBH 202

PBH 301

PBH 305

PBH 307

PBH 400

PBH 402

PBH 404

PBH 405

PBH 407