Quality Education in the Benedictine Tradition
Dr. Bettie DavisCoordinator and AdvisorAllied Health ProgramsPhone: 724-805-2468
Herbert W. Boyer School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Computing
If you are interested in becoming a physician assistant, Saint Vincent offers two paths that allow you to pursue this field of study.
Many students will stay at Saint Vincent College for four years, complete a four-year bachelor’s degree, often in a field such as biology, chemistry, psychology or liberal arts, and take courses that are required prerequisite courses for graduate study in the respective field. The student will then apply to the institution(s) of their choice that has graduate programs in physician assistant.
SVC students who complete a four-year degree with plans to work in the field of physician assistant often transfer into Chatham University, Misericordia University, St. Francis University, Seton Hill University, Slippery Rock University, University of Pittsburgh and West Virginia University.
Having strong grades during your undergraduate studies and a high overall GPA as well as good grades in your science courses and the prerequisite courses for the respective program help increase your chance for being accepted into the graduate program of your choice. Saint Vincent advisers help you to select the correct courses to complete your bachelor’s degree as well as ensuring that you have those that you need for the graduate program you are interested in. We also have agreements with schools to provide a limited number of seats to students who meet specific GPA and course criteria while earning their Saint Vincent bachelor’s degree. We would be happy to talk with you more about these opportunities.
A second option is to enter a very competitive program with a limited number of seats available with Duquesne University. In order to be eligible for the Saint Vincent – Duquesne Cooperative program you MUST have a minimal combined SAT score in math and critical reading of 1100.
Fall Semester BL 150 General Biology I - 3 credits BL 151 General Biology I Laboratory - 1 credit CH 101 General Chemistry I - 3 credits CH 103 General Chemistry I Laboratory - 1 credit TH 119 First Theology - 3 credits FL 203 Intermediate Language - 3 credits First-Year Seminar - 1 credit Total Fall 18
Spring Semester BL 152 General Biology II - 3 credits BL 153 General Biology II Lab - 1 credit CH 102 General Chemistry II - 3 credits CH 104 General Chemistry II Lab - 1 credit EL 102 Language & Rhetoric - 3 credits FL 204 Intermediate Language - 3 credits HI— History (100 level) - 3 credits Total Spring 17
Fall SemesterBL 208 Cell Biology - creditsBL 209 Cell Biology Laboratory - 1 credit CH 221 Organic Chemistry I - 3 credits CH 223 Organic Chemistry I Laboratory - 1 credit PY 100 Introduction to Psychology - 3 credits TH— Theology Elective - 3 credits PL 101 First Philosophy - 3 credits Total Fall 17
Spring Semester BL 212 Microbiology - 3 credits BL 213 Microbiology Laboratory - 1 credit MA 109 Calculus I 4 PY— Psychology Concentration - 3 credits EL 202 Intermediate Writing 3 HI— History (200 level) - 3 credits Total Spring 17
Fall Semester PL— Philosophy - 3 credits LA 200 Methods & Techniques - 3 credits PY 203 Statistics - 3 credits PY— Psychology Concentration - 3 credits TH 280 Catholic Bioethics 3 PH 111 General Physics I - 3 credits PH 113 General Physics I Laboratory - 1 credit Total Fall 19
Spring Semester AN 222 Cultural Anthropology - 3 credits LA 250 Junior Seminar - 3 credits PY— Psychology Concentration - 3 credits FA— Fine Arts - 3 credits EL— Literature Course - 3 credits BL 224 Mammalian Physiology - 3 credits Total Spring 18
Summer Semester LA 350 Independent Study - 3 credits Senior Year (First Year at Duquesne)
27 additional credits to satisfy requirements for the BA in Liberal Arts Four credits at Duquesne to satisfy requirements for Biology minor Three credits at Duquesne to satisfy requirements for Psychology Concentration.
Fall Semester BL 150 General Biology I - 3 credits BL 151 General Biology I Laboratory - 1 credit CH 101 General Chemistry I - 3 credits CH 103 General Chemistry I Laboratory - 1 credit TH 119 First Theology - 3 credits SO 101 Introduction to Sociology - 3 credits First-Year Seminar - 1 credit Total 15
Spring Semester BL 152 General Biology II - 3 credits BL 153 General Biology II Lab - 1 credit CH 102 General Chemistry II - 3 credits CH 104 General Chemistry II Lab - 1 credit EL 102 Language & Rhetoric - 3 credits EL— Literature Elective - 3 credits MA 104 or 109Calculus I preferred 3 or 4 Total 17 or 18
Fall Semester PL 101 1st Philosophy - 3 credits PH 111 General Physics I - 3 credits PH 113 General Physics I Laboratory - 1 credit BA 350 or PY 203 Statistics I - 3 credits PY 100 Introduction To Psychology - 3 credits Global Diversity1 - 3 credits CH 221 Organic Chemistry I - 3 credits Total 19
Spring Semester BL 212 Microbiology - 3 credits BL 213 Microbiology Laboratory - 1 credit Ethics2 - 3 credits Faith & Reasoning3 - 3 credits Fine Arts Elective - 3 credits CS 101 Survey of Computers - 3 credits Total 16
All students transferring to Duquesne University must complete courses in the following core areas. Below is a list of core areas and the courses that fulfill the requirement: * Global Diversity includes one of the following: TH 380 World Religions, HI 108 Traditional East Asian Societies, HI 109 Modern East Asian Societies, HI 233 History of Latin America, HI 270 The Rise of Chinese Civilization, HI 280 Islamic Civilization I 3, HI 123 Global History I, or HI 102 Western Civilization I ** Ethics includes ether PL 218 Bioethics, or TH 280 Catholic Bioethics *** Communication: CA 120 or CA 140 Social Justice: SO 101 Introduction to Sociology
The remaining three years are to be completed at Duquesne University.