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The Five-year BS/PA program at UDM, sponsored by the Biology Department and the Physician Assistant Program is the first five-year entry level PA Master's degree program in the state. "Entry level" means that you enter UDM as a freshman and 5 years later you graduate with both a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant studies.

Our traditional program requires 2 years after you complete a 4 year undergraduate program and those who are not currently high school students or those with a bachelor's degree may apply directly to the graduate program.

UDM's 5-year accelerated track in the Physician Assistant program accepts a select number of highly qualified, entering freshmen. To find out more about the program click on the link for Admission requirements.

Degree Requirements

The first three years of the program comprise the undergraduate Pre-Professional Phase. The curriculum consists of medically related science courses, along with all the components of the core curriculum and general requirements for a bachelor's degree. The Professional Phase (Years 4 and 5) is 24 months of continuous study and consists of additional graduate course work in the medical sciences and related educational experiences. During the fifth year, students acquire medical expertise through a broad range of intensive clinical rotations, community health education, and health projects with medically underserved communities. Each student completes the course of study with a preceptorship in primary care medicine, and graduates are eligible to sit for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination.

Required Courses for the Biology Major

Science Courses
BIO 1200 General Biology I 3
BIO 1210 General Biology Laboratory I 2
BIO 1220 General Biology II 3
BIO 1230 General Biology Laboratory II 2
BIO 2700 Genetics 3
BIO 2040 Applied Nutrition 3
BIO 4210 Microbiology 3
BIO 4220 Microbiology Lab 2
BIO 2900 Biostatistics 3
BIO 4740 Cellular & Molecular Biology 3
BIO 4750 Cellular & Molecular Biology Lab 2
BIO 4630 Physiology 3
BIO 5430 Advanced Human Anatomy * 2
BIO 5450 Advanced Human Anatomy Lab *
CHM 1070 General Chemistry I 3
CHM 1100 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
CHM 1080 General Chemistry II 3
CHM 1120 Chemistry Laboratory II 1
CHM 2270 Organic Chemistry I 3
CHM 2250 Organic Chemistry Lab I 1
CHM 2260 Organic Chemistry II 3
CHM 2290 Organic Chemistry Lab II 1
PHY 1300 General Physics I 3
PHY 1310 General Physics Lab I 1
PHY 1320 General Physics II 3
PHY 1330 General Physics Lab II 1

Additional Courses

Physician Assistant Courses Required For BS-Biology degree
BIO 5430 Advanced Human Anatomy 2
BIO 5450 Advanced Human Anatomy Lab
HLH 5900 Advanced Pathophysio

Other required courses

HPC 3940 Heath Professions Co-Op I

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