Pre-professional studies at Mount St. Joseph University are courses of study prepared by expert faculty members that supplement your existing major and better prepare you for a career as a health professional.
Pre-professional studies offer dedicated guidance from faculty members in the School Behavioral and Natural Sciences and School of Health Sciences to help tailor your course work so that you are better prepared to pursue an advanced degree.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that from 2008 to 2018, 26 percent of all new jobs created in the U.S. economy will be in the health care and social assistance industry. This industry is expected to grow by 24 percent, creating four million new jobs.
Physician assistants are medical practitioners who work as a team with physicians for the care, diagnosis and treatment of patients. They practice in private practices, clinics and hospitals, as well as other health care institutions. Physician assistants serve in fields ranging from general practitioner to various surgical specialties.
The Mount’s pre-physician assistant area of study prepares you well for a two-year Master’s degree in physician assistantship that is comprised of both classroom and clinical experience. The Mount recommends students interested in pre-physician assistant studies choose a major in biology.
Health Professions Advisory Committee
Students work with their academics advisors as well as faculty members on the Health Professions Advisory Committee to design a course of study that is best suited for their specific career goals.