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Physician Assistant BS/MS Program Details

The Physician Assistant BS/MS program at Elizabethtown College provides a direct pathway for current high school students looking to obtain a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies. This program includes instruction in the sciences, hands-on learning, and the true art of medicine.

Vision & Mission

Vision Statement:

The vision of the Elizabethtown College Physician Assistant Program is to provide an innovative and supportive environment that elevates the standard of PA education through the utilization of an evidence-based curriculum that is continuously assessed and adapted to address emerging challenges in healthcare while fostering a collegial environment amongst students and faculty.

Mission Statement

College Mission Statement: Elizabethtown College provides a transformative educational experience that cultivates personal strengths and develops a passion for lifelong learning and purposeful work.

PA Program Mission: The mission of the Elizabethtown College Physician Assistant Program is to educate and matriculate motivated students who will provide high-quality healthcare as skilled Physician Assistants. Through a transformative educational experience and evidence-based curriculum that emphasizes purposeful work, cultivates personal strengths, and develops a passion for lifelong learning, students will be prepared to Educate for Service. Upon graduation, our students will provide individualized healthcare to diverse patient populations while simultaneously working as a member of an interdisciplinary care team.

Goals:

  • Provide an environment for all students with multicultural educational opportunities inclusive of underrepresented groups and diversity in healthcare.
  • Achieve a first-time PANCE pass rate at or above the national average.
  • Obtain a job placement rate of over 80% in a variety of clinical specialties in the six months following graduation.
  • Provide all students with an opportunity to perform community service while in the didactic and clinical years of the program.
  • All faculty will maintain a professional development plan that addresses teaching, scholarship, and service as well as diversity, equity, accessibility, and justice.

The PA program will post outcomes related to the achievement of our goals by February 2025.

Admission Criteria

BS/MS Physician Assistant Program Students

Students applying for the BS/MS Physician Assistant Program will need an academic GPA of 3.5, which will be recalculated using academic course work and an SAT score of 1100 or an ACT of 22. Applications to the program must be complete and submitted by December 1.

*Transfer students are not eligible for the BS/MS program.

As a result of the competitive nature of the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program, not all students meeting the minimum requirements will be offered an interview, and not all those interviewed will be offered a place in the BS/MS Physician Assistant Program. Students who have graduated from Elizabethtown College and meet all of the application requirements will be offered a mandatory interview. An interview does not guarantee admission to the program.

2023-24 BS/MS Program Interview Dates:

  • Jan. 9
  • Jan. 16
  • Jan. 23
  • Jan. 30

Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies

For more information on applying to our standalone Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies, visit our Graduate Program Details page.

Frequently Asked Questions BS/MS Physician Assistant Program:

There are two pathways for students to apply to Elizabethtown’s Physician Assistant program. High school seniors can apply for our BS/MS Physician Assistant Program option that provides a provisional seat in the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program. Students will be required to complete a series of required academic courses and maintain a minimum science and cumulative GPA to remain in the program.

  • Completing the combined program allows a student to complete the Master of Physician Assistant Degree in a shorter period of time with less cost.
  • Foundational coursework taught by Elizabethtown College faculty.
  • Physician Assistant faculty are the advisors starting the second semester of their first year.
  • First-year, provisional acceptance into the Master of Physician Assistant Program, as long as criteria are maintained.

Students applying for the BS/MS Physician Assistant Program are required to have an academic GPA of 3.5, which will be recalculated using only academic course work, and an SAT score of 1100 or an ACT of 22.

As a result of the competitive nature of the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program, not all students meeting the minimum requirement will be offered a place in the BS/MS Physician Assistant Program. Selected candidates will be invited for a mandatory interview.

Students must submit a completed application by December 1.

No, the BS/MS Physician Assistant Program does not offer rolling admissions.

Admissions decisions related to admission to the College, merit scholarship, and admission to the BS/MS Physician Assistant Program will be released by the end of each January.

Around 20 students will be accepted to the BS/MS Physician Assistant Program each year.

The BS/MS Physician Assistant track and the Master of Physician Assistant Studies programs are competitive. Some applicants may be offered the option to be on a waitlist. As places in the BS/MS program become available, students on the waitlist may be offered a place in the program. Once the program is full, we will communicate this with students on the waitlist.

Yes, AP and dual enrollment courses will be accepted; however, students who are accepted to the BS/MS Physician Assistant Program are required to still take science and math courses at Elizabethtown.

Yes, students are able to study abroad provided they do so within the first six semesters of the undergraduate program.

Yes, students in the BS/MS program are encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities like varsity athletics, clubs, organizations, music, and community service.

Students will need to maintain a 3.0 overall GPA and a 3.0 overall math/science GPA to maintain their seats. Students also need to complete two hundred healthcare exposure hours (with a minimum of twenty hours shadowing a PA-C) before the end of their sixth semester. They cannot withdraw from any prerequisite classes and all prerequisite classes need to be taken at Etown. A grade of 'C' or better in all prerequisite courses is required to enter the graduate program. Leave of absence will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

No, transfers are not able to apply to join the BS/MS program. However, transfer students can pursue a degree in Biology, Health Professions Concentration, and apply for the Master of Physician Assistant Studies program.

While completing undergraduate courses, students will pay undergraduate tuition for the first six semesters. Students will begin to pay graduate course tuition and additional program fees at the start of their seventh semester.

Elizabethtown PA program graduate tuition will be a total of $108,150.

All costs are outlined in the table below:

  Year 1 – 66 credits Year 2 – 41 credits Total
Tuition  $58,238 $49,911 $108,150
Program Fee* $6,000 -- $6,000
       
Equipment      
Welch Allen Package*** $996 -- $996
Sim Vivo Suture Kit $60 -- $60
Sim Vivo Tie Kit $50 -- $50
Laptop $800 -- $800
Elizabethtown PA Patch x 2 $20 -- $20
White Coat – Long -- $40 $40
Scrubs x 2 $50 -- $50
White Coat - Short x 2 $50 -- $50
       
Books*** $1,500 $1,500 $3,000
TOTAL $67,764 $51,451 $119,215

*Program Fee includes: AAPA membership, PSPA membership, Clinical Placement Fees, Site Registration Fees, Typhon Student Fee, PAEA Exams, PACKRAT, PA equipment/supplies, ACLS, PALS, Malpractice Insurance

  Year 1 – 14 months Year 2 - 12 months Total
Housing (estimated)

$33,600

$28,800

$62,400

Clinical Site Travel (estimated) -- $5,000 $5,000
***TOTAL $33,600 $33,800 $67,400

**Housing and clinical year travel is the responsibility of the student and is not included in tuition or the program fee.

Other costs not included in tuition:

***Equipment List: Students are encouraged to wait until orientation to purchase equipment (not including smartphone/PDA, laptop, or wristwatch). If students already own any of the medical equipment below (i.e. stethoscope or otoscope/ophthalmoscope), approval on the equipment must first be obtained from the PA program director.

Welch Allen Package through the Medical Store (included list below) – Total (estimated) $996.00

  • Welch Allyn Classic 3.5V Diagnostic Set
  • Welch Allen Adult and pediatric blood pressure cuff
  • Stethoscope
  • Pocket Eye Card with Ruler
  • Tuning Forks
  • LED Penlight
  • Reflex Hammer
  • Dissection Kit
  • Tape Measure
  • Protective Eye Wear
  • Medical Bag

***The College subscribes to Access Medicine for online student textbooks (approximately $217 per student). This estimation includes textbooks other than those available through Access Medicine and if the student chooses to not use online versions of the textbooks.

Background Checks/Health Screenings:

FBI Criminal Background Check - $63 every 5 years

Child Abuse Clearance - free

Drug Testing: $30 - $50 annually

Health Physical/Immunizations Titers/Drug Screen - varies by insurance carrier****

****All students are required to carry adequate health insurance throughout their enrollment in the PA program. Cost varies per insurance carrier.

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