Bridge Program in Health Sciences BS and Physician Assistant MHS

Major: Health Sciences and Physician Assistant
Degrees Awarded: Bachelor of Science (BS) and Master of Health Science (MHS)
Calendar Type: Quarter
Total Credit Hours: 261.5
Co-op Options: One Co-op
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 a BS/MHS Bridge Program option available to high-achieving students enrolled in the Health Sciences program. The BS/MHS PA Bridge Program option is a linked 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.

Additional Information

For more information, please visit the Health Sciences Department.

Degree Requirements

General Requirements
CIVC 101Introduction to Civic Engagement1.0
COOP 101Career Management and Professional Development1.0
UNIV NH101The Drexel Experience1.0
English Sequence
ENGL 101Composition and Rhetoric I: Inquiry and Exploratory Research3.0
or ENGL 111 English Composition I
ENGL 102Composition and Rhetoric II: Advanced Research and Evidence-Based Writing3.0
or ENGL 112 English Composition II
ENGL 103Composition and Rhetoric III: Themes and Genres3.0
or ENGL 113 English Composition III
Biology Sequence
BIO 131
BIO 134
Cells and Biomolecules
and Cells and Biomolecules Lab
BIO 132
BIO 135
Genetics and Evolution
and Genetics and Evolution Lab
BIO 133
BIO 136
Physiology and Ecology
and Anatomy and Ecology Lab
BIO 226Microbiology for Health Professionals5.0
Chemistry Sequence
CHEM 101General Chemistry I3.5
CHEM 102General Chemistry II4.5
CHEM 103General Chemistry III4.5
Mathematics Sequence
MATH 101Introduction to Analysis I4.0
MATH 102Introduction to Analysis II4.0
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
PSY 101General Psychology I3.0
One Psychology (PSY) and/or Behavioral Health Counseling (BACS) course (minimum 3.0 credits)3.0
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
HSCI 101Anatomy and Physiology I5.0
HSCI 102Anatomy and Physiology II5.0
HSCI 103Anatomy and Physiology III5.0
HSCI 337Genetics and Health4.5
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
HSCI 345Statistics for Health Sciences4.5
Health Sciences electives (HSCI or NFS) *19.0
Free electives6.0
Physician Assistant MHS Courses
PA 540Clinical Anatomy5.0
PA 542Patient Communication2.0
PA 543Ethical Issues in Physician Assistant Practice2.0
PA 544Clinical Assessment5.0
PA 545Physician Assistant Practice1.0
PA 546Health Policy for Physician Assistant Practice2.0
PA 547Evidence Based Medicine for Physician Assistants3.0
PA 548Principles of Medical Science I2.0
PA 549Principles of Medical Science II2.0
PA 550Principles of Medical Science III2.0
PA 551Pharmacology and Therapeutics I3.0
PA 552Pharmacology and Therapeutics II2.0
PA 553Pharmacology and Therapeutics III2.0
PA 554Biopsychosocial Issues in Patient Care5.0
PA 556Clinical Medicine I5.0
PA 557Clinical Medicine II5.0
PA 558Topics in Clinical Practice5.0
PA 559Clinical Skills I2.0
PA 560Clinical Skills II2.0
PA 561Clinical Skills III4.0
Clinical Year Rotation Courses
PA 629Internal Medicine Rotation5.0
PA 630Pediatrics Rotation5.0
PA 631Women's Health Rotation5.0
PA 632Behavioral Medicine Rotation5.0
PA 633Surgery Rotation5.0
PA 634Emergency Medicine Rotation5.0
PA 635Primary Care Practicum I10.0
PA 637Primary Care Practicum II10.0
Capstone Experiences
PA 636Graduate Project I3.0
PA 638Graduate Project II3.0
Total Credits261.5

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
BIO 131
BIO 134
5.0BIO 132
BIO 135
5.0BIO 133
BIO 136
CHEM 1013.5CHEM 1024.5CHEM 1034.5 
ENGL 101 or 1113.0CIVC 1011.0ENGL 103 or 1133.0 
HSCI 1253.0ENGL 102 or 1123.0MATH 1024.0 
UNIV NH1011.0MATH 1014.0  
 15.5 17.5 16.5 0
Second Year
BIO 2265.0COOP 1011.0COM 3203.0SOC 1013.0
HSCI 1015.0HSCI 3104.0HSAD 2103.0Health Sciences elective3.0
HSCI 3454.5HSCI 1025.0HSCI 1035.0Psychology elective3.0
Health Sciences elective3.0PSY 1013.0HSCI 3154.0Sociology elective4.0
 Health Sciences elective4.0 Free elective3.0
 17.5 17 15 16
Third Year
  Health Sciences elective3.0
  Public Health elective3.0
  Free elective3.0
  HSCI 3374.5 
  PBHL 1013.0 
  Health Sciences electives6.0 
 0 0 16.5 13
Fourth Year
PA 5405.0PA 5473.0PA 5492.0PA 5462.0
PA 5422.0PA 5482.0PA 5522.0PA 5502.0
PA 5432.0PA 5513.0PA 5545.0PA 5532.0
PA 5445.0PA 5565.0PA 5575.0PA 5585.0
PA 5451.0PA 5592.0PA 5602.0PA 5614.0
 15 15 16 15
Fifth Year
Clinical PhaseRotation III5.0Rotation V5.0PA 63510.0
Rotation I5.0Rotation IV5.0Rotation VI5.0PA 6383.0
Rotation II5.0PA 6363.0  
 10 13 10 13
Sixth Year
PA 63710.0   
Total Credits 261.5
Clinical Year Rotation Courses
The sequencing of the six clinical rotations will vary for individual students. Students must complete all six rotations.
Internal Medicine Rotation
Pediatrics Rotation
Women's Health Rotation
Behavioral Medicine Rotation
Surgery Rotation
Emergency Medicine Rotation
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