Degree Overview

Practice medicine but avoid the cost of medical school by preparing to become a physician assistant. Physician assistants have the opportunity to work in a variety of healthcare specialties like pediatrics, surgery, geriatrics, and more. The Bachelor of Science in Pre-Physician Assistant program prepares undergraduate students to enter a master’s-level Physician Assistant program. The degree includes all of the required course prerequisites necessary to be considered for acceptance into a master of science in physician assistant studies (MSPA) program. The program provides flexibility for a variety of specific entrance requirements.


Program Outcomes

  • Gain a greater appreciation for the creative power and wisdom of our creator in the design and function of the human body.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of general principles in the biomedical and pharmaceutical field.
  • Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Research problems to develop expedient solutions.
  • Apply science and mathematics to solve complex problems including the analysis and interpretation of data from lab experiments.
  • Demonstrate behaviors required to succeed in the modern workplace including the ability to function effectively and ethically in a team environment.

Suggested Course Schedule

1st Year

Semester 1

  • General Biology 1 (4)
  • General Chemistry 1 (4)
  • Old Testament Survey (3)
  • English Composition 1 (3)
  • Music Elective (2)

Total Credits: 16

Semester 2

  • General Biology 2 (4)
  • General Chemistry 2 (4)
  • New Testament Survey (3)
  • English Composition 2 (3)
  • The Modern World (3)

Total Credits: 17

2nd Year
3rd Year
3rd Year - Summer
4th Year


Potential Career Fields

  • Physician's Assistant
  • Medical Research
  • Clinical Research

*Some careers and employment positions require graduate degrees, specialized training, or additional certification and licenses.

Female doctor listening to the baby boy's heartbeat at her office.

MBU Program Faculty

Meet some of the people in who lead this program

Susan Rasmussen - Faculty

Susan Rasmussen

School of Nursing | Associate Professor


BS Nursing, Cedarville College

MS Nursing/Ed – University of Phoenix

Marcos Garza-Madrid - Faculty

Marcos Garza-Madrid

College of Arts and Science | Associate Professor


PhD Engineering Sciences/Biotechnology, Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiories de Monterrey

BMed, Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiories de Monterrey

Meier, Timothy

Timothy Meier

College of Arts and Science | Professor


BS, Bob Jones University, Greenville SC

MS in Microbiology, Clemson University, Clemson SC

MA in Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry, Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
Timothy Veenstra - Faculty

Timothy Veenstra

College of Arts and Science | Professor


PhD, University of Windsor, Windsor, ON, Canada

BS, Trent University, Peterborough, ON, Canada

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