Pre-Physician Assistant Concentration
This program is specifically designed for students interested in preventing and treating human illness and injury by providing a broad range of health care services under the direction of a physician or surgeon. Physician assistant is one of the fastest growing areas of healthcare. The pre-physician assistant concentration includes prerequisites for physician assistant school; however, this program also goes beyond the minimum requirements to ensure that students are prepared for the rigors of a professional program. Examples of courses within the curriculum include general biology, anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, general chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, calculus, physics, psychology, sociology, and statistics.
If you would like to speak with an academic advisor, please contact the Office of Student Services at 765-494-8102. To attend a class, speak with a current student, tour labs, or visit with an advisor, please complete the HHS Visit Form.
Potential Areas of Advanced Study
- Physician Assistant (PA)
- Doctor of Philosophy in a health-related field
- Joint Programs (PA/PhD)
- Master of Public Health
- Master of Business Administration (3+2 program)
Additional Career and Post-Bachelors Options
- Research Assistant
- Pharmaceutical Research Assistant
- Center for Disease Control
- National Institutes of Health
- Government Employment
Beyond the Classroom
HHS and Krannert School of Management 3 + 2 Program
The "3+2" program is available to outstanding undergraduates in Health Sciences Pre-Professional. The program allows students to complete their B.S. and M.B.A. in five years. Students receive their B.S. degree in May of their fourth year and their M.B.A. in May of their fifth year. To be considered for this program, the student’s grade point average must be a 3.7/4.0 at the beginning of their junior year. If eligible, the student completes the application process for graduate school during the junior year.
How do I switch my major?
If you are interested in switching your major to Pre-Physician Assistant, please visit the Change of Degree Objective (CODO) page to learn more about the process to enter the College of Health & Human Sciences.
How do I transfer to Purdue?
If you are interested in transferring to Pre-Physician Assistant from another college or university, please visit the Future Transfer Students page to learn more about the steps needed to finish your degree at Purdue University.