Mercer 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:
- Students may earn a bachelor’s degree as they fulfill the prerequisites for the PA program of their choice;
- Students may participate in one of the Accelerated Special Consideration Programs (ASCP) described in detail on the Special Consideration Programs web page>>; or
- 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).
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>>.