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  • Course Delivery
  • Total Credits
  • Yearly Tuition
  • Duration
    4 Years

Program Overview

Physician assistants are in-demand healthcare professionals. Nationally certified and state-licensed, PAs diagnose and treat illness and disease, and prescribe medication for patients. They work in physician offices, hospitals, and clinics as a part of healthcare teams with supervising physicians and other healthcare providers.

Saint Mary's Biology Pre-Physician Assistant Studies major is a four-year course of instruction that leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree. Saint Mary's biology faculty advisers work closely with students to ensure all prerequisite requirements are met and that students are prepared to successfully compete for entrance into a masters-level physician assistant program. The Pre-Physician Assistant Studies program is planning to offer students valuable experiences in collaboration with Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences, which could include visits to the clinic, career observations with current PAs, medical simulation activities, and participation in special lectures or symposiums, as well as social activities.

Career Options
Students who graduate from Saint Mary's with a degree in Biology Pre-Physician Assistant Studies will be prepared and equipped with the knowledge necessary to participate in a physician assistant masters-level program. Upon completion of a PA masters program, students will be prepared for success in the field as a physician assistant.

Taking Classes
This residential, four-year program is offered on our Winona Campus, with daytime classes and a full student life experience.

Course Information

You'll study biology, biochemistry, chemistry, and physics in this major.

For more information and course descriptions, check out our course catalog.

Applicants must submit:

  1. A completed application. Saint Mary's has an online application and also accepts the Common Application.
  2. Official high school transcript
  3. Official test scores - ACT, SAT, or Classic Learning tests are accepted.
  4. An essay or brief personal statement. In 250 words or fewer, please tell us about: a significant experience you've had, an accomplishment or risk you have taken, a person who has made a difference in your life, a topic of concern to you, or anything else you think would help us learn more about you. You can also choose to submit a graded paper or write something new!
  5. Letters of recommendation are optional.
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Key Dates

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

Tuition & Fees

Tuition: $37,650 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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