Pre-Physician Assistant

PharmacyMercer University undergraduate students who plan to pursue a career as a physician assistant are considered to be on the "pre-physician assistant" or "pre-PA" track.  Pre-PA is not an academic major; students on the pre-PA track must declare and work towards an academic major and minor>> as they fulfill the admission requirements for their preferred PA graduate program(s) - at least as a back-up plan.

Pre-physician assistant students may choose one of three paths as they prepare themselves for graduate school:

  1. Students may earn a bachelor’s degree as they fulfill the prerequisites for the PA program of their choice;
  2. Students may participate in one of the Accelerated Special Consideration Programs (ASCP) described in detail on the Special Consideration Programs web page>>; or
  3. Students may fulfill only the minimum requirements for the PA school of their choice before matriculation into that graduate program (while most PA programs require a bachelor's degree before matriculation, some do not).
Students should note that the prerequisite for all introductory science courses (chemistry, biology, and physics) is "calculus-readiness" (competency in mathematics at or above the pre-calculus level). Students planning on following a pre-health professions track are therefore advised to take mathematics in high school at least through the pre-calculus level.

Pre-PA Track Advising Resources

Current Mercer Students

Students enrolled at Mercer who are following one of the pre-health professions tracks should enroll in the "MercerPreHealth" advising course on Canvas>>.

Information about all of the pre-professional tracks at Mercer-Macon can be found on the web pages of the Office of Academic & Advising Services>>.