Accelerated Dual Degree (BS/MHS)
Program in Physician Assistant Studies
The Physician Assistant field has grown in numbers and
prestige during the last 40 years. Today, Physician
Assistants (PAs) are found in all areas of medicine. Under
the supervision of a licensed physician, PAs diagnose, treat,
and monitor a variety of commonly encountered illnesses
and injuries. They take medical histories, order tests,
prescribe medication, and provide patient education and
preventive intervention. In surgical specialties, PAs perform
“first assist” on many surgical procedures, including such
tasks as harvesting leg veins for coronary bypass surgery.
In a cooperative effort, the Pathway to Health Professions
(Health Sciences) Program and the Hahnemann Physician
Assistant Program of the College of Nursing and Health
Professions have created an accelerated dual degree program
which offers its students valuable early advising and mentoring
from PA faculty to help them plan their studies and meet their
goals while they are still undergraduate students. Drexel’s
highly regarded Hahnemann Physician Assistant Program,
which was founded at the former Hahnemann Medical College
and Hospital, is the oldest Physician Assistant Program in
Pennsylvania and one of the largest PA programs in the country.
The Hahnemann PA Program is known for attracting a diverse
student body, with more than a quarter of the trainees coming
from minority backgrounds and from the medically-underserved
areas in which PAs are critically important.
Dual degree students spend their first three years in the Pathway
to Health Professions Program, while completing
prerequisite courses for the Physician Assistant Program.
Electives may be taken in natural sciences, social sciences,
terminology, mathematics (including
statistics), genetics, and computer sciences.
recommended electives include courses in health sciences,
nutrition, foreign languages, pharmacology, s