Health Sciences BS / Physician Assistant MHS

Major: Health Sciences / Physician Assistant
Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Science (BS) / Physician Assistant (MHS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 186.5
Co-op Options: One Co-op (Four years)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.1199
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 11-9111

About the Program

Drexel’s undergraduate Health Sciences Program and graduate Physician Assistant (PA) Program have partnered to offer an accelerated dual-degree BS/MHS option available to high achieving students enrolled in the Health Sciences Program. The Accelerated BS/MHS PA Option is an accelerated academic track that enables students to complete their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Health Sciences, including sitting for the Physician Assistant National Certifying Exam (PANCE), in 5.25 years as opposed to the traditional 6.25 years.

Students pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences during their first three years of study, and a Master of Health Science degree during the final 2.25 years of study. The bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences is awarded following completion of year four (first year of graduate study), and the master’s degree is awarded following completion of the Physician Assistant Program.

For additional information visit the Accelerated BS/MHS Option on the Health Sciences page.

Degree Requirements

General Requirements
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development0.0
UNIV NH101The Drexel Experience1.0
English Sequence
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
Biology Sequence
BIO 122Cells and Genetics4.5
BIO 124Evolution & Organismal Diversity4.5
BIO 126Physiology and Ecology4.5
BIO 226Microbiology for Health Professionals5.0
Chemistry Sequence
CHEM 101General Chemistry I3.5
CHEM 102General Chemistry II4.5
CHEM 103General Chemistry III5.0
Mathematics Sequence
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.0
MATH 102Introduction to Analysis II4.0
Communications
COM 320 [WI] Science Writing3.0
Health Systems
HSCI 125Medical Terminology3.0
HSAD 210Health-Care Ethics I3.0
Select one of the following:3.0
Advanced Health-Care Ethics
Introduction to Health-Systems Administration
Ethics in Health Care Management
Psychology
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
One Psychology (PSY) and/or Behavioral Health Counseling (BACS) course (minimum 3.0 credits)3.0
Sociology
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3.0
One Sociology (SOC) course (minimum 3.0 credits)4.0
Public Health
PBHL 101Public Health 1013.0
One Public Health (PBHL) course (minimum 3.0 credits)3.0
Anatomy & Physiology Courses
ANAT 101Anatomy & Physiology I5.0
ANAT 102Anatomy & Physiology II5.0
ANAT 103Anatomy & Physiology III5.0
Genetics
HSCI 337Genetics and Health3.0
Research Courses
HSCI 310Introduction to Research Methods4.0
HSCI 315Current Issues in Health Sciences4.0
Statistics and Assessment
HSCI 201Health Assessment through the Lifespan4.0
STS 345Statistics for the Health Sciences4.0
Health Sciences electives (HSCI, PHGY, ANAT, NEUR, NFS) *19.0
Free electives6.0
1st Year PA Courses: see PA-MHS curriculum46.0
Total Credits186.5

Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
BIO 122Cells and Genetics4.5
CHEM 101General Chemistry I3.5
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
HSCI 125Medical Terminology3.0
UNIV NH101The Drexel Experience1.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 2
BIO 124Evolution & Organismal Diversity4.5
CHEM 102General Chemistry II4.5
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 3
BIO 126Physiology and Ecology4.5
CHEM 103General Chemistry III5.0
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
MATH 102Introduction to Analysis II4.0
 Term Credits16.5
Term 4
ANAT 101Anatomy & Physiology I5.0
BIO 226Microbiology for Health Professionals5.0
STS 345Statistics for the Health Sciences4.0
Health Sciences elective3.0
 Term Credits17.0
Term 5
ANAT 102Anatomy & Physiology II5.0
HSCI 310Introduction to Research Methods4.0
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
Health Sciences elective*4.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 6
ANAT 103Anatomy & Physiology III5.0
COM 320 [WI] Science Writing3.0
HSAD 210Health-Care Ethics I3.0
HSCI 315Current Issues in Health Sciences4.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 7
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development0.0
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3.0
Health Sciences elective3.0
Psychology Elective3.0
Sociology elective4.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits16.0
Term 8
One of the following:3.0
Advanced Health-Care Ethics 
Introduction to Health-Systems Administration 
Ethics in Health Care Management 
HSCI 337Genetics and Health3.0
PBHL 101Public Health 1013.0
2 Health Sciences electives6.0
 Term Credits15.0
Term 9
HSCI 201Health Assessment through the Lifespan4.0
Health Sciences elective3.0
Public Health elective3.0
Free elective3.0
 Term Credits13.0
Term 10
For terms 10-12, see MHS-PA plan of study46.0
 Term Credits46.0
Total Credit: 186.5
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