Pre-Physician Assistant

Pre-med students

A physician assistant (PA) is a person who assists a physician in his or her practice of medicine.

The duties of physician assistants are as varied as the subspecialties they practice.  For example, PAs working in rural areas may have a great deal of independence and may work in the field and then report back to the physician supervising them, while PAs working in surgery may be standing next to the surgeon as he works.

Advantages of Pre-PA at Detroit Mercy

As a Pre-PA student, you'll complete a rigorous curriculum in Biology, Biochemistry, or Chemistry that prepares you very well for graduate programs in Physician Assistant.

Guaranteed interview with PA Program Admissions Committee

When you graduate, if you meet the criteria at the time of application to the Detroit Mercy graduate PA program, you'll be guaranteed an interview with the PA admissions committee.  This is special consideration for Detroit Mercy Pre-PA graduates only.

To meet this special consideration, you need the following requirements:

  • Submit an application for admission to the graduate PA program
  • Overall GPA ≥ 3.5 (at Detroit Mercy)
  • Science GPA ≥ 3.3(at Detroit Mercy)
  • GRE score ≥ 291
  • Patient contact hours ≥ 1000

Applicant Note: Consistent with College of Health Professions policy, a background check and drug screen will be required prior to any clinical assignments.

Alternatives to Pre-PA

A Physician Assistant requires a graduate degree. 

For incoming freshmen: Detroit Mercy offers direct admission to a 5-year PA program through the College of Health Professionals. 

For current and transfer students: Students can get a Bachelor in Biology (Pre-PA) then apply to the graduate school.