Catalogue 2017 - 2018

Pre-Physician Assistant Concentration in Health Sciences

General Information

The Pre-physician Assistant program offered by the College of Arts and Sciences is an accelerated track of the Health Sciences major that provides an opportunity for qualified students to prepare for early admission to the Master of Medical Sciences (MMS) Degree Program at Salus University in Elkins Park, PA, through our articulation agreement. In addition, students who successfully complete their first year at Salus University will have the option of receiving a B.S. in Health Sciences from Western New England University (WNE).

To successfully satisfy the requirements of the Western New England University Pre-PA program, a student must:

1. Complete the required 101 credits within three academic years as listed below.

2. Transfer in no credits (including AP credits) of science coursework completed prior to matriculation at WNE and, following matriculation, transfer in no credits for any science or mathematics course satisfying a requirement for the Pre-Physician Assistant program.

3. Maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 or above with no grade in any course less than a “C”. Students may not withdraw from or retake any course that would have satisfied any of the Pre-Physician Assistant program requirements.


Agreement with Salus University:

Students who have successfully completed the Western New England University Pre-Physician Assistant Program as described above can be considered for early admission into the Master of Medical Sciences (MMS) Degree Program at Salus University.

Students must apply to the Salus University Master of Medical Sciences Degree Program by following the application procedures described on the Salus University website. These admissions procedures include completion of:

1. All prerequisites as published by Salus University.

2. The Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistant (CASPA) process and requirements, including required letters of recommendation , by August 1 of the year prior to anticipated enrollment.

3. An on-campus interview.


Under the articulation agreement, Salus will provide up to four seats for qualified Western New England University Pre-PA Program students annually who apply for admission and are accepted into the Salus MMS Degree Program.

If there are more than four equally qualified Western New England University Pre-PA applicants, they will be considered in the order of the timing of their completed CASPA applications. If Western New England University Pre-PA applicants are not accepted, they will be encouraged to reapply for the following cycle and given consideration for admission to the Salus University Physician Assistant Studies Program along with other applicants in the Salus University applicant pool contingent upon successful student completion of a bachelor’s degree program at Western New England University.

Physical and Biological Science Faculty


General University and College Requirements

See General University Requirements and College of Arts and Sciences Requirements

Degree Requirements

Required biology courses

BIO 107General Biology I

3 cr.

BIO 117General Biology Laboratory I

1 cr.

BIO 108General Biology II

3 cr.

BIO 118General Biology Laboratory II

1 cr.

BIO 203Microbiology

4 cr.

BIO 215Anatomy and Physiology I

4 cr.

BIO 216Anatomy and Physiology II

4 cr.

BIO 306Genetics

4 cr.

Total Credit Hours:24

Required chemistry courses

CHEM 105General Chemistry I

4 cr.

CHEM 106General Chemistry II

4 cr.

CHEM 209Organic Chemistry I

3 cr.

CHEM 210Organic Chemistry II

3 cr.

CHEM 219Organic Chemistry Laboratory I

1 cr.

CHEM 220Organic Chemistry Laboratory II

1 cr.

CHEM 314Biochemistry

3 cr.

CHEM 324Biochemistry Laboratory

1 cr.

Total Credit Hours:20

Required math and physics courses

MATH 123Calculus I for Management, Life, and Social Sciences

3 cr.

MATH 124Calculus II For Management, Life, and Social Sciences

3 cr.

MATH 121Introductory Probability and Statistics

3 cr.

PHYS 123Physics of the Life Sciences 1

4 cr.

PHYS 124Physics of the Life Sciences 2

4 cr.

Total Credit Hours:17

Additional requirements

Out of the program's 101 required credits, 2 of the courses must meet WIC requirement, and there are 2 required LBC experiences.
LBC 2XXLearning Beyond the Classroom

No cr.

LBC 4XXLearning Beyond the Classroom

No cr.

WIC XXXWriting Intensive course

3 cr.

Total Credit Hours: 61