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Pre-Physician Assistant

Pre-Physician Assistant

Overview

A physician assistant (PA) is a medical professional who works as a crucial member of a health care team and provides vital care for patients. Physician assistants examine patients, prescribe medicine, order diagnostic tests, assist with procedures and perform many other essential duties in this fulfilling and challenging role. They work in a variety of settings such as hospitals, urgent care centers and clinics. 
 

The Trevecca Pre-PA Pathway 

Trevecca offers a Pre-PA Pathway that allows students to tailor their undergraduate academic experience in order to prepare a competitive PA school application and maximize success in Trevecca’s PA program, where students earn a Master of Science in medicine. Program coursework meets the prerequisites for the University’s PA program and provides additional coursework to promote success. This pathway consists of the courses required for a major in biology with a minor in chemistry, along with defined upper-level electives focused on building a solid foundation for PA school. 
 

Trevecca Pre-PA Pathway Benefits

Mentoring. Pre-PA Pathway students experience valuable interaction with Trevecca PA students, faculty and staff, engaging in mentoring relationships that equip them for the academic journey ahead while also building relationships to support professional development. 

Guaranteed Interview. Students who graduate from Trevecca while completing all of the Trevecca Pre-PA Pathway course requirements—and also meet the Trevecca PA program admissions standards—are offered a guaranteed interview for the Trevecca PA program.

Early Assurance Process. Early assurance of admittance to the Trevecca PA program is available to a select group of Trevecca Pre-PA Pathway undergraduates based on exceptional academic performance (including minimum GPA requirements), alignment with the Trevecca PA program mission and evidence of a character consistent with the highest standards of the PA profession. Notification of final acceptance into the competitive Early Assurance Process will be made in the spring of a student’s junior year at Trevecca. (The number of approved early assurance students per incoming class will not exceed 10 percent of the overall Trevecca PA program cohort for that year.)  
 

Why Choose Trevecca?

The Pre-PA Pathway provides students with the foundation needed to prepare a competitive PA school application and maximize success in Trevecca’s PA program. As the first and longest-running physician assistant program in Tennessee, Trevecca has graduated more than 1,200 PA students who now serve in health care careers across the United States and abroad. Since 1976, the mission of Trevecca’s highly respected PA program has remained the same—to prepare professionally competent physician assistants who will use their skills to serve their communities in compassionate ministry. 

Trevecca’s PA program integrates faith and learning in every area of the curriculum, prioritizing compassion, integrity and a biblical worldview. Throughout the program, students participate in learning experiences at local organizations that reach Nashville’s medically underserved and homeless population. The program also offers opportunities for clinical work at faith-based clinics in urban and rural settings. For students interested in medical missions, Trevecca has extensive opportunities to participate in mission trips and clinical rotations overseas. 

Students can expect to receive superior academic training. Throughout the last five years, the average first-time PANCE pass-rate for Trevecca PA students is 99 percent. They will also experience an individualized academic approach to learning that prioritizes engaging, supportive community between students and faculty as well as spiritual growth and mentoring. Learn more about the program’s strengths and history.

Overview

A physician assistant (PA) is a medical professional who works as a crucial member of a health care team and provides vital care for patients. Physician assistants examine patients, prescribe medicine, order diagnostic tests, assist with procedures and perform many other essential duties in this fulfilling and challenging role. They work in a variety of settings such as hospitals, urgent care centers and clinics. 
 

The Trevecca Pre-PA Pathway 

Trevecca offers a Pre-PA Pathway that allows students to tailor their undergraduate academic experience in order to prepare a competitive PA school application and maximize success in Trevecca’s PA program, where students earn a Master of Science in medicine. Program coursework meets the prerequisites for the University’s PA program and provides additional coursework to promote success. This pathway consists of the courses required for a major in biology with a minor in chemistry, along with defined upper-level electives focused on building a solid foundation for PA school. 
 

Trevecca Pre-PA Pathway Benefits

Mentoring. Pre-PA Pathway students experience valuable interaction with Trevecca PA students, faculty and staff, engaging in mentoring relationships that equip them for the academic journey ahead while also building relationships to support professional development. 

Guaranteed Interview. Students who graduate from Trevecca while completing all of the Trevecca Pre-PA Pathway course requirements—and also meet the Trevecca PA program admissions standards—are offered a guaranteed interview for the Trevecca PA program.

Early Assurance Process. Early assurance of admittance to the Trevecca PA program is available to a select group of Trevecca Pre-PA Pathway undergraduates based on exceptional academic performance (including minimum GPA requirements), alignment with the Trevecca PA program mission and evidence of a character consistent with the highest standards of the PA profession. Notification of final acceptance into the competitive Early Assurance Process will be made in the spring of a student’s junior year at Trevecca. (The number of approved early assurance students per incoming class will not exceed 10 percent of the overall Trevecca PA program cohort for that year.)  
 

Why Choose Trevecca?

The Pre-PA Pathway provides students with the foundation needed to prepare a competitive PA school application and maximize success in Trevecca’s PA program. As the first and longest-running physician assistant program in Tennessee, Trevecca has graduated more than 1,200 PA students who now serve in health care careers across the United States and abroad. Since 1976, the mission of Trevecca’s highly respected PA program has remained the same—to prepare professionally competent physician assistants who will use their skills to serve their communities in compassionate ministry. 

Trevecca’s PA program integrates faith and learning in every area of the curriculum, prioritizing compassion, integrity and a biblical worldview. Throughout the program, students participate in learning experiences at local organizations that reach Nashville’s medically underserved and homeless population. The program also offers opportunities for clinical work at faith-based clinics in urban and rural settings. For students interested in medical missions, Trevecca has extensive opportunities to participate in mission trips and clinical rotations overseas. 

Students can expect to receive superior academic training. Throughout the last five years, the average first-time PANCE pass-rate for Trevecca PA students is 99 percent. They will also experience an individualized academic approach to learning that prioritizes engaging, supportive community between students and faculty as well as spiritual growth and mentoring. Learn more about the program’s strengths and history.