Major Information

You’ll enter Springfield College as a first-year student, and in six years, earn a Bachelor of Science in health science/pre-physician assistant (PA) and complete the master’s-level PA program. The professional phase of your program begins in January of your senior year.

The Bachelor of Science degree in health science/ pre-PA is awarded in May of the fourth year. The Master of Science degree is awarded at the conclusion of the PA program. The majority of our students enter the PA program through this route.

Admission into the health science/pre-PA program is competitive, with more applications (approximately 200) than the 35 admissions seats available.

Admissions Criteria

Physician assistant program applicants must apply as early decision I or II candidates. Students who are not admitted into the physician assistant program will not be held to the binding contract associated with our early decision application and are encouraged to explore other program options at the College.

  • The average grade point average (GPA) of students admitted to the physician assistant program is a 3.5.
  • We do not require the SAT or ACT for admission into this program.
  • Documented patient contact hours (minimum 15-20)
  • Documented observation/shadow hours are strongly encouraged (15)
  • Letter of recommendation from the physician assistant shadowed or health-care professional
  • Letter of recommendation from a science teacher
  • Complete physician assistant supplemental essays within the Common Application
  • Four years of high school college preparatory mathematics (junior/senior year: pre-calculus, calculus, etc.) and grades of B+ or better
  • Four years of high school college preparatory science (junior/senior year: physics, AP biology, etc.) and grades of B+ or better
  • Other general Springfield College admissions requirements

Matriculation Standards

  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all program prerequisites (preprofessional requirements)
  • Earn a C+ or better in all courses required for the program that are 400-level or below. Earn a B or better for all courses required for the program that are 500-level or above
  • Comply with all technical and department standards for professional conduct and academic performance as specified in the Physician Assistant Student Handbook

Fieldwork Experiences

The last year of the physician assistant master’s program consists of supervised clinical training in family medicine, internal medicine, surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, psychiatry, emergency medicine, and other specialties. Students are required to complete clinical rotations in all areas of medicine. We want you to leave here with all of the experience you will need to feel comfortable in any new job.

Each rotation lasts six weeks and demands a minimum of 40 hours per week. This training takes place in a number of clinical facilities, including offices of private physicians, community hospitals, community health centers, HMOs, Mercy Medical Center, and other health care facilities.

Medical Simulation Lab

The state-of-the-art Medical Simulation Lab features high fidelity 3G adult and baby patient simulator mannequins that respond to treatment as human patients would, allowing students to experience realistic, hands-on training, and complicated medical techniques without fear of error. This laboratory is instrumental in furthering the training that future health care professionals, such as physician assistants, receive at Springfield College.