3+3 Physician Assistant Programs
Monmouth University has created three unique pathways for incoming first-year students to complete both an accelerated bachelor’s degree program in either Anthropology, Biology, or Health Studies along with a master’s degree in Physician Assistant in six years. This 3+3 program is only available direct-entry from high school as students will be required to follow a set sequence of courses year-round in order to complete their undergraduate degree in three years. Physician Assistant studies begins shortly after Undergraduate Commencement.
B.A. in Anthropology / Physician Assistant
The study of anthropology provides great insight into the human condition, providing students with the tools to gain a deeper sense of the world, what it means to be human, and how this is expressed and interwoven across cultures. Students learn to look outside of themselves to appreciate different viewpoints and world-views, ultimately raising consciousness about important global, historical, and even personal issues related to our place in the world. By providing valuable insights and lessons related to human behavior, students gain a rich and expansive understanding of why people – past and present – think and act the way they do in addition to helping students define their own values more clearly. This understanding has the great ability to help students become skilled patient-centric PAs, offering a unique foundation that will greatly assist students throughout their medical training and future careers.
B.S. in Biology / Physician Assistant
The study of biology provides students the opportunity to learn about life and living organisms, while encouraging the development of critical thinking skills and in-depth study of cell biology, molecular biology, and anatomy and physiology. Studies in biology will help future PA students gain a solid grasp on biological mechanisms, serving as preparation for the advanced study in medical physiology and pathophysiology integral to the Physician Assistant program. As such, the biology degree will greatly assist students in the PA program’s clinical medicine and biomedical science coursework.
B.S. in Health Studies / Physician Assistant
The health studies program provides students with in depth study of health science, analyzing the causes and means of preventing disease and illness while seeking optimal health. The major provides students with the knowledge and training to develop the responsibilities and competencies of effective health educators and gain expertise in advocating for the health of others. This training has the great ability to not only prepare students for the curriculum of the PA program, but provide a foundation to best help patients to pursue lives of greater health and well-being.
- Select the 3+3 program option on the Common Application or Monmouth University Application when you apply to Monmouth University.
- Applications are due December 1 and must contain a personal statement detailing interest in the program.
- Admission to the program is extremely competitive.
Admission to the graduate portion of the 3+3 program is contingent upon successful completion of all program requirements. At the start of the student’s final undergraduate year at Monmouth (year 3), students will submit a Graduate Studies Enrollment Form for evaluation; the Graduate Studies application fee will be waived for students in the 3+3 program.
To continue on to Monmouth’s PA program, students must successfully meet all undergraduate degree requirements as well as the following standards:
- Technical Standards Acknowledgement Form
- Applicants must be able to meet the program’s technical standards.
- Baccalaureate Degree
- Possession of a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university is required.
- Applicants not having a baccalaureate degree by the time of the personal interview, if accepted into the program, will automatically fall into an Accepted Conditional status pending completion of their degree but must have degree completed prior to matriculation and evidence of meeting all GPA and prerequisite course requirements.
- GPA Requirements
- A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from all courses at all institutions
- A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all prerequisite courses.
- Prerequisite Coursework
- Successful completion, within 10 years before application, of the following prerequisite courses and associated semester credit hours (sch) with a grade of “C” or better (pass/fail grading is not accepted):
- Human Anatomy with lab (4 sch) and Human Physiology with lab (4 sch) or alternatively Human Anatomy & Physiology I and II, each with lab and each 4 sch;
- Chemistry I and II with lab, each 4 sch**;
- Biology I with lab (4 sch) or Biology II with lab (4 sch) or Cell Biology with Lab (4 sch);
- Microbiology with lab (4 sch);
- General Psychology (3 sch) or Abnormal Psychology (3 sch) or Developmental Psychology (3 sch);
- Medical Terminology (2 sch minimum): certificate courses and contact hour courses are not acceptable; course can be taken online.
- Statistics or Biostatistics (3 sch): statistics courses within social or natural science departments (e.g., psychology) are acceptable.
- Advanced Placement (AP) or College Level Examination Program (CLEP) credit for any prerequisite courses is not accepted.
- Online courses will be considered for acceptance in fulfilling admission requirements.
- All courses must be completed at a regionally accredited College or University. Applicants who completed coursework from a college or university outside of the U.S. must submit a transcript evaluation from a reputable transcript evaluation service.
- English Language Proficiency
- Students whose native language is not English must provide an English proficiency score meeting the University’s requirements by the time of application.
- Direct Patient Care Experiences
- A minimum of 200 hours of paid or unpaid (i.e., volunteer) direct patient care experience by the time of application (up to 20 shadowing hours with a PA can be included).
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
- The GRE, taken in the past five years, is required for all applicants by the time of application.
- There is no specific score needed for consideration; however, competitive applicants have scores near or above the 50th percentile in each of the test areas.
- Your GRE scores can be submitted directly to us through CASPA. Use the Designated Institution Code 3880 and your scores will be included with your application.
- Letters of Reference
- Submit three specific letters of reference
- One letter must be from a current or former professor.
- One letter must be form a paid or volunteer work supervisor.
- One letter must be from a clinician.
Important Financial Aid Notes
We encourage you to contact the Financial Office with any questions you may have. They may be reached at: 732-571-3463 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Here are some important things to know:
- Scholarships and grants awarded for undergraduate study may only be applied to your undergraduate degree program. All undergraduate awards will not continue once you enter your graduate program.
- Financial aid for graduate students is different, and we encourage you to work directly with the Financial Aid Office to plan for financing your graduate education.
- Summer financial aid is available via a separate application process. Typically the aid available during the summer is limited to loans, both federal and private, but each student’s financial aid eligibility is different and you are encouraged to consult with the Financial Aid Office to develop a plan based on your individual circumstances.
- During the graduate portion of your program, you will be billed at the graduate tuition rate in effect at the time you are enrolled in graduate coursework.
Students interested in residing on-campus while enrolled in summer coursework will be housed in a double room with kitchen access. Accommodations will also include a shared living space and bathroom. The cost of summer housing adjusts from year to year. As a point of reference, summer housing in 2021 ranged from $254-$317 per week. Applications for summer housing will be posted each March, and students in this Bachelor’s + Master’s program will receive priority summer housing.
The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) has granted Accreditation-Continued status to the Monmouth University Physician Assistant Program sponsored by Monmouth University. Accreditation-Continued is an accreditation status granted when a currently accredited program is in compliance with the ARC-PA Standards.
Accreditation remains in effect until the program closes or withdraws from the accreditation process or until accreditation is withdrawn for failure to comply with the Standards. The approximate date for the next validation review of the program by the ARC-PA will be March 2029. The review date is contingent upon continued compliance with the Accreditation Standards and ARC-PA policy.
The program’s accreditation history can be viewed on the ARC-PA website at http://www.arc-pa.org/accreditation-history-monmouth-university/.