Pre-Physician Assistant Scholars

Saint Louis University’s pre-physician assistant scholars program allows highly-qualified undergraduate students earn a guaranteed spot in SLU’s physician assistant program following graduation.

Admission Requirements

To apply, you must meet  the following criteria:

  • Have completed or are completing the second semester of your sophomore year at SLU.
  • A minimum 3.3 overall GPA with at least a 3.3 science GPA.
    60 completed college credit hours with at least 30 of those hours completed at SLU, including at least four  of the core science requirements. Please note: all of prerequisite courses for the PA program must be taken at SLU.
  • At least 100 hours of health care experience; competitive candidates will have paid work experience providing direct patient care.
  • Be on track to earn at least 500 hours of health care experience by the end of your senior year.

One to four qualified candidates are accepted into the program each year.

Application Timeline

  • May 1: Deadline for sophomores to request an application. Contact Helen McCormack at or 314-977-8648.
  • Aug. 1 : Deadline to submit your completed application.
  • Early fall: Qualified applicants will be asked to interview.
  • October: Applicants will be notified of their status in the program.

Curriculum and Program Details

As a pre-PA scholar, you will take courses in biology, chemistry, statistics, human anatomy, human physiology, anatomy and physiology, microbiology, genetics and medical terminology.

DCHS Pre-PA Tracks