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The Physician Assistant Program is an articulated program coordinated with Rutgers --School of Health Related Professionals (Rutgers-SHRP) providing a B.S. in Biology from Felician University and a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies from Rutgers-SHRP.

Physician Assistants are health care professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. As part of their comprehensive responsibilities, PAs conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive health care, assist in surgery, and in most states write prescriptions. The education of PAs is based on the medical model designed to complement physician training. Upon graduation, Physician Assistants take a national certifying examination developed by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants in conjunction with the National Board of Medical Examiners.

PAs work in a variety of clinical settings. More than half are employed in one of the primary care fields: family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics, and obstetrics and gynecology. Other popular areas of practice include surgery and emergency medicine.

Students in the the Physician Assistant Program spend about three years at Felician University completing 99 credits in the pre-professional component (47 credits in the General Education and the Core Curriculum and 52 credits in the required departmental core). Students must formally apply for admission for their professional coursework to the Rutgers-SHRP Physician Assistant Program. Upon successful completion of their first year of courses at Rutgers-SHRP, Felician University will award a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Upon successful completion of the remainder of the required coursework, Rutgers-SHRP will award a Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.

Admission Requirements

  1. High School graduation or equivalent diploma (GED).
  2. English as a Second Language (ESL) Placement Test is required and completion of ESL courses, if necessary.
  3. Earn a minimum of 600 on TOEFL Exam for applicants with foreign credentials who are transferring into the PA Program.
  4. Completion of any necessary remedial courses as determined by the University’s Basic Skills Test.
  5. A minimum grade of 2.500 for all transfer students.
  6. Applicants to the professional portion of the program should submit their application to UMDNJ by June 1st of their sophomore year, i.e., at the end of their fourth semester, assuming they have completed all of the program course requirements for the first four semesters, including the minimum course grade and GPA requirements. They will then be invited for an interview soon after the application deadline. Successful applicants would then need to complete all remaining required courses during their junior year, and meet course grade and GPA requirements.

Degree Requirements

All students must:
  1. Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.000
  2. Complete all the pre-professional courses (99 credits) with a grade of “C” or better in all required science and math courses
  3. Formally apply to the Rutgers-SHRP Physician Assistant Program for the professional component of the program
  4. Submit three letters of recommendation; and
  5. Participate in an interview with the Admissions Committee
  6. In addition, applicants are strongly encouraged, but not required, to arrange for a patient contact experience in a hospital or clinic setting.
Note: The minimal satisfaction of entrance requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the professional portion of the program. The final decision for acceptance rests with the professional school.

Course Requirements (99 Credits) At Felician University

(Revised: May 2012)





Core Curriculum (12 credits)

CORE 200Culture and Diversity3
CORE 250Applied Ethical Reasoning3
CORE 300Journey to Selfhood3
CORE 400Franciscan Vision3

General Education Requirements (35 credits)

ENG 101Writing the
University Essay
ENG 102Introduction to the Study of Literature3
BIO 202Microbiology4
RELS___Religious Studies Elective (100 or 200 level)3
RELS___Religious Studies Elective (300 or 400 level)3
______Social/Behavioral Sci. Elective (HIST, ECON, PSYC, PSCI, SOC)3
MATH___Mathematics Elective (MATH 160 or higher)4
CIS 101/103Introduction to Computer Applications4
 Introduction to Advanced Computer Applications3
ART/MUS___Creative Arts Elective3
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology3
FYE 100* Freshman Year Experience I1
FYE 101* Freshman Year Experience II1

Required Pre-Professional Core (52 credits)

BIO 103General Biology I4
BIO 104General Biology II4
BIO 205Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO 206Anatomy and Physiology II4
BIO 310Cell Biology3
BIO 403Immunology4
BIO 405Genetics4
CHEM 103General Chemistry I5
CHEM 104General Chemistry II5
CHEM 201Organic Chemistry I4
CHEM 360Biochemistry4
MATH 161Precalculus4
MATH 122Statistics I3
* FYE is for full-time, first-time freshmen

Recommended semester-by-semester course sequence (4-year plan)

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