Pre-Physician Assistant

Since 2010, 100% 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 proximity to two award-winning hospitals.

Students interested in Mount Mercy’s prephysician 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.

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

Prep matters. 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. Since 2010, a majority of MMU’s prephysician 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 award-winning hospitals.

Students gain experience through community collaboration and club activities, and take coursework that exceeds the requirements for their postgraduate program of choice. Beyond core courses, students are encouraged to take classes unique to their professional interest, including Genetics, Human Anatomy, Exercise Physiology, Immunology and Introduction to Psychology.

Curious about our students’ success?

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

Our alumni say Mount Mercy is a top school for a pre-professional curriculum in Iowa:

“Mount Mercy provided me with knowledge, experiences and opportunities that are leading me toward becoming an emergency medicine physician. With a very strong academic department and very caring professors, I cannot imagine training anywhere else. They provided me with the support and mentoring that prepared me to go on to medical school.”

Dr. Greg Blythe ‘08, Indiana University Emergency Medicine Residency

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