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Pre-Physician Assistant Concentration

This concentration will provide the student with the necessary course pre-requisites and clinical hands-on experience for entrance into master's degree level Physician Assistants curriculum.The pre-physician assistant student will learn orthopedic evaluation skills and recognition of injuries associated to the physically active individual. Clinical observation opportunities of physician assistants include Orthopedic and Sports Medicine of Erie, P.C.

Pre-physician Assistant students graduating from the Sports Medicine Department will have the opportunity for acceptance via six preferential slots into the Physical Assistant Studies Masters Program at Mercyhurst University. Mercyhurst University has applied for Accreditation - Provisional from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). Mercyhurst University anticipates matriculating its first class in June 2014, pending Accreditation - Provisional in March 2014. Accreditation - Provisional is an accreditation status for a new PA program that has not yet enrolled students, but at the time of its initial accreditation review, has demonstrated its preparedness to initiate a program in accordance with the Accreditation Standards.

The Physician Assistant allied health profession is an ever-growing specialty in today's medical fields. The Physician Assistant provides medical services to the expanding healthcare population. These services include initial evaluation and assessment of the patient, writing of prescriptions and follow-up care. A physician oversees the healthcare provided by the Physician Assistants.

Freshman Year:

Fall Term: (16 credits)

  • IDST 
  • General Chemistry I/Lab 
  • Art Encounter
  • Research and Writing
  • Intro to Sports Medicine

Winter Term (J Term): (4 credits)

  • Human Biology/Lab

Spring Term: (14 credits)

  • Personal Health Science
  • Cell Biology /Lab
  • General Chemistry II/Lab
  • Literature classics
  • Clinical Hours - 50


Sophomore Year:

Fall Term: (17 credits)

  • Human Growth/Development
  • Organic Chemistry I/Lab
  • Human Anatomy/Lab
  • Religious Traditions
  • Statistics for Sciences

    Spring Term: (15 credits)

    • Assess Inj Mgmt. I
    • Cellular Biochemistry/Lab
    • Human Physiology/Lab 
    • Organic Chemistry II/Lab
    • CLIN. HRS. 50


    Junior Year:

    Fall Term: (16 credits)

    • Assess Inj Mgmt. II
    • Intro to Psych
    • Microbiology/Lab
    • Research Methods I (2 credits)
    • Research Methods Lab (1 credit)

      Spring Term: (15 credits)

      • Philosophy
      • Sports Health Fitness Mgmt.
      • Genetics/Lab
      • Language/Literature
      • Medical Terminology (2 credits)
      • CLIN. HRS. 50


      Senior Year:

      Fall Term: (15 credits)

      • Global Awareness
      • Exercise Physiology/Lab
      • Eurpoean/World History
      • Abnormal or Development Psych
      • Research Methods II (2 credits)

      Winter Term: (3 credits)

      • Assess Inj Mgmt. III

      Spring Term: (13 credits)

      • Global Awareness
      • Nutrition for Health Professionals
      • Kinesiology/Lab
      • Ethics for the Professions (capstone)
      • CLIN. HRS. 50