High school seniors who apply to Clarkson University for undergraduate studies are eligible to apply for the pre-physician assistant plan as part of their application. Applicants must demonstrate scholarship in math and science and a representative SAT/ACT score. Participation in health-related courses and activities is encouraged.
The pre-physician assistant plan is not a major or minor. Students must declare a major in an area of interest, but will be required to take the 10 prerequisite courses for the physician assistant program as part of their degree. At least three prerequisite courses must be completed by the end of the second year. Patient care hours must be acquired during the first two years as well. At least 100 hours of the 500-hour total is required by this time.
Student advising will be done by the department of the declared major with input from the health science advisor and the physician assistant advisor when needed. Pre-physician assistant students will be expected to participate in physician assistant program activities when possible.