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    5 Years

Program Overview

Become a Physician Assistant

In educational collaboration with Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences, Saint Mary's offers a five-year program for physician assistants.

This highly competitive program for incoming first-year students will put you on the fast track to begin a meaningful and versatile career in the medical field.

Program Details 

As part of this accelerated program, you will spend three years studying at Saint Mary's new state-of-the-art Science and Learning Center on our Winona Campus (with limited seats also available at University of Minnesota Rochester).

The following two years, you will learn from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences faculty at Saint Mary's Rochester Campus and have clinical learning experiences at Mayo Clinic in Rochester and throughout Mayo Clinic Health System.

At the conclusion of your fourth year, you will earn a Bachelor of Arts in Biology - Health Science degree from Saint Mary's University, and at the end of your fifth year, you will earn a Master of Health Sciences in PA Studies Degree from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences.

This allows you to:

  • Complete your degree in five years, saving on time and tuition costs.
  • Put yourself in a position to work for Mayo Clinic, one of the nation's leading medical care organizations.
  • Learn from the best in the nation, which will give you a tremendous advantage.
  • Gain flexible skills needed in a variety of settings: family medicine, urgent care, pediatrics, surgery, and emergency medicine.

Course Information

Taking Classes

You'll spend three years at Saint Mary's University's Winona Campus, then wrap up your degree at Saint Mary's Rochester Campus, where you will learn from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences faculty and have clinical learning experiences at Mayo Clinic in Rochester and throughout Mayo Clinic Health System.

Applicants must submit:

  1. Online application with three essay questions*
  2. Transcripts
  3. One letter of recommendation and an evaluation from one science teacher*
  4. A minimum GPA of 3.5 or higher
  5. ACT composite score of 24 or higher, or SAT equivalent of 1170 or higher
  6. Personal interview
  7. The ideal candidate will understand the roles and responsibilities associated with a career as a PA.
  8. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate leadership, commitment to practice locally, maturity, resilience, compassion, service, and military service.
  9. Preparations in mathematics are required with courses that prepare students for college calculus. Applicants should speak with an admission counselor for more information.
  10. * The essay questions, teacher evaluation form, and letter of recommendation can be emailed to

Once accepted into Saint Mary's University, your application will be forwarded for consideration for the 3+2 program. 

  • Application deadline: Dec. 1, 2019
  • Notice of Saint Mary's acceptance: Dec. 11, 2019
  • Invitations for personal interviews sent by Mayo Clinic: Dec. 20, 2019
  • Interviews with Mayo Clinic personnel: Jan. 6-9, 2020
  • Acceptance notifications sent: Jan. 17, 2020
  • Deadline to accept 3+2 seat: Jan. 27, 2020

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Key Dates

Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition: $41,400 Per Year


Activity fee:$170
Technology fee:$380
Laundry fee:$80

The Saint Mary's Difference

The heart of Saint Mary's is its people — faculty, staff, and your fellow students — who become your companions and allies on your educational journey. Here, in an intense give-and-take setting, each of us discovers just how much we can learn. You'll find, in every one of our classrooms, a person-centered education focused on your growth, your potential — because we believe that everyone deserves the chance to make an impact, to change the world around them.

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