Physician Assistant (B.S./M.S.)


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Bachelor of Science/Master of Science in Physician Assistant

This five year combined program gives freshmen the opportunity to earn both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in only five years. Students complete math, science and behavioral science course prerequisites, along with the core liberal arts degree requirements, in their first two and a half years of study and then enter the graduate program. Upon successful completion of both phases the student receives both the Bachelor of Science and the Master of Science in Physician Assistant.

What is a Physician Assistant?

Physician assistants are health care professionals licensed to practice medicine under physician supervision.  Physician assistants evaluate patients, perform physical examinations, order and interpret tests, diagnose and treat illnesses, assist in surgery and write prescriptions. While physician assistants work in all health care environments, traditionally physician assistants have chosen to serve in primary care.

From our Students 

Hear from Katie Spinneweber, a student in our Physician Assistant Program, in our My Way Up video series.

Why Choose Seton Hill's Physician Assistant Program?

  • Collectively, Seton Hill's Physician Assistant Program faculty members have more than 127 years of clinical practice experience.
  • 100% of Seton Hill's Physician Assistant Program graduates who have taken the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE) in the past five years have passed it - and 96% have passed on their first attempt. Click to view Pass Rate Summary Report (PDF).
  • Students entering the program as freshmen can earn their B.S. and their M.S. in only five years.
  • Small classes allow students to work directly with faculty members in a supportive environment.
  • Seton Hill's program has a special emphasis on serving vulnerable populations.
  • Seton Hill's program is fully-accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) through March 2021.