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We see you thriving in Cedar Crest’s collaborative program with Salus University, where you can complete an undergraduate major and a Physician Assistant Master of Medical Science degree and enter an exciting and important health profession.   

Under this agreement, students who successfully complete a Bachelor of Science degree and the minimum 120 semester credit pre-physician assistant curriculum at Cedar Crest College with a 3.5 GPA or above may be eligible for admission to the Salus Physician Assistant (PA) program. 

The educational pathway is referred to as the 4 + 2 Degree Program and includes two phases: Phase I is comprised of the pre-physician assistant curriculum at Cedar Crest; Phase II is comprised of the Master of Medical Science in Physician Assistant Studies at Salus. 

Cedar Crest College will admit students who meet the requirements for Phase I of the program and will submit to the Salus Office of Admissions the name and contact information for each student who begins Phase I. Salus will communicate with each student who advances through Phase I. Relevant information about the program will be provided, and a visit to the Salus Office of Admissions for a pre-application appointment will be encouraged. 

For admission into the program, a student must successfully complete Phase I and then apply to the PA Program by following the application procedures described on the Salus website. The admissions procedures include the completion of a successful on-campus interview. 

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Pre-Physician Assistant Curriculum Required Courses

Anatomy and Physiology (with labs):

BIO 117 Anatomy and Physiology I 4 credits
BIO 118 Anatomy and Physiology II 4 credits
OR BIO 26X Comparative Animal Physiology 4 credits

Biology (with labs):

BIO 123 Foundations in Biology 4 credits
BIO 124 Principles of Cell and Molecular Biology 4 credits

Chemistry (with labs):

CHE 111 Chemical Principles 4 credits
CHE 112 Chemical Equilibrium and Analysis 4 credits


BIO 227 Microbiology 4 credits

Organic Chemistry:

CHE 205 Organic Chemistry I 4 credits
CHE 206 Organic Chemistry II 4 credits


PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology 3 credits

Statistics or Biostatistics:

MAT 110 Probability and Statistics 3 credits
OR BIO 248 Biostatistics 3 credits

English Composition:

WRI 100 College Writing 3 credits

Encouraged, Additional Coursework

Medical Terminology:
To Be Developed


BIO 231 Genetics 4 credits


BIO 327 Microbial Pathogenesis and Human Immunology 4 credits


BIO 332 Developmental Biology 3-4 credits
OR BIO 239 Animal Ecology, Development, and Evolution 4 credits


BIO 340 Advanced Brain Lab: Experimental Approaches to Neuroscience 4 credits


CHE 217 Principles of Biochemistry 3 credits
OR CHE 307 Biochemistry I 3-4 credits
AND CHE 308 Biochemistry II 3-4 credits

Cell Biology:

BIO 124 Principles of Cell and Molecular Biology 4 credits

Developmental or Abnormal Psychology:

PSY 309 Psychopathology (Formerly “Abnormal Psychology”) 3 credits
OR PSY 210 Lifespan Development 3 credits

Public Speaking:

THS 105 Public Speaking 3 credits


BIO 358 Science, Ethics, and Society 3 credits

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Salus University – Graduate Partnerships in Health Professions

Take your future as a health professional to the next level with one of Cedar Crest’s masters or doctoral degree partnerships with Salus University. These cooperative programs, which prepare you for life and work in crucial fields and an ever-changing world, offer preferential admission to eligible Cedar Crest students in the following areas: Audiology, Blindness and Low-Vision Studies, Dentistry, and Physician Assistant Master of Medical Science.   

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