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Pre-Physician Assistant

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Focused on support and care.

Since 2010, 100 percent of Mount Mercy University’s pre-physician assistant program students who applied were accepted to the program of their choice—due in large part to outstanding faculty advising, a strong academic curriculum and close ties to two nearby award-winning hospitals.

Student research guided by award-winning faculty help students hone their critical thinking skills—the same skills essential for success in top physician assistant programs.

Mount Mercy provided me with knowledge, experiences and opportunities that are leading me towards becoming an emergency medicine physician.


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Preparation matters.

Students interested in Mount Mercy’s pre-physician assistant program typically choose between majors and minors in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, and psychology. Double majors, or combinations of a major and minor, are easy to accomplish with a well-planned schedule and steady academic progress.

Our faculty take pride in supporting students in their academic growth, helping prepare application materials, encouraging patient care hours, and coaching students in studying for professional placement exams.

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What are the next steps?

Mount Mercy offers competitive tuition and generous scholarships.

We also encourage all students to apply for federal, state, and other kinds of financial assistance.

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We make it easy by accepting applications year-round! No deadline, no fee, no pressure.

  1. Create your application
  2. Apply under standard admissions criteria or go "test optional"
  3. Request official transcripts from all institutions previously attended. Mail to:

* Mount Mercy University Admissions
  1330 Elmhurst Drive NE
  Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402

* If you are applying for an accelerated program, please mail to "Accelerated Programs"

For more detailed instructions on how to apply, see our Admissions page.

Careers as a physician assistant

Bring your career path into focus.

Mount Mercy graduates have been accepted to physician assistant graduate programs at rates above the national average. Top schools that students consider applying to include:

  • University of Iowa – Carver College of Medicine
  • Des Moines University
  • Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences
  • AT Still University, College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Ross University School of Medicine
  • University of Minnesota Medical School in Duluth
  • Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine