Major in Biology at Holy Family University

Biology/Pre-Physician Assistant, B.A.

Physician Assistants are skilled medical professionals who practice medicine under the supervision of doctors and surgeons to improve healthcare access and quality.

Program Overview

  • Pre-Professional Program

As part of a medical team, Physician Assistants examine patients, diagnose diseases, design treatment plans, and prescribe medications. They work in a wide variety of medical fields including primary care, family medicine, emergency medicine, surgery, and psychiatry. 

Program Details

This program is designed to provide students with a strong foundation in the fields of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Anatomy & Physiology, and Physics while granting them the opportunity to potentially gain admission into a professional degree program to pursue a Master of Medical Science degree. 

The curriculum is designed based on information provided by the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Physician Assistant Education Association and meets the prerequisites required by the majority of professional Physician Assistant schools.

This Pre-Physician Assistant program does not provide any licensing, certification, or direct opportunity to practice medicine once a degree is granted. Graduates of this program will be competitive for admission into graduate schools that offer a Master of Medical Science (Physician Assistant) degree.

Career Paths

Career paths for those with a degree in Biology (Pre-Physician Assistant) include:

  • Dentistry
  • Environmental health specialist
  • Medical laboratory scientist
  • Medicine
  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Physician assistant
  • Veterinary medicine 

Internships & Employment

Where Students and Alumni Intern and Work

  • Academy Injury and Health
  • Centra State Medical
  • Charles River Labs
  • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Churchville Nature Center
  • Comprehensive Dental Care
  • CVS Pharmacy
  • Drexel Community, Family and Preventive Health
  • Drexel University, Department of Microbiology and Immunology
  • Dutton Road Veterinary Clinic
  • Einstein Medical Center
  • Esco Techologies
  • Fels Institute for Cancer Research
  • Fitchett Chiropractic Center
  • Fox Chase Cancer Center
  • Genesis Biotech Group
  • Glen Foerd
  • I.Rice
  • IC Laser Eye Care PC
  • InReach
  • Jefferson-Frankford Hospital
  • Jefferson-Torresdale Hospital
  • Jefferson University Hospital-Urogynecology and Female Medicine
  • Leonard and Madlyn Abramson Pediatric Research Center
  • Mercer County Wildlife Center
  • Montgomery County Rehab & Sports Therapy
  • NovaCare
  • Pathways to Housing PA
  • Peninsula Physical Therapy LLC
  • Penn Vet Working Dog Center
  • Penndel Middletown EMS
  • Pennypack Environmental Center
  • Petroski Physiotherapy and Performance
  • Specialty Assays
  • St. Mary's Medical Center
  • Suburban Testing Labs
  • Temple Fels Institute
  • Temple Medical Research Center
  • Temple Shriner's Hospital
  • Temple University Lewis Katz School of Medicine
  • University of Pennsylvania, CDB
  • Wuxi Advanced Therapies


Program Information

Degree Awarded
  • Bachelor of Arts
Program Type
  • Major
Program Location
  • Main Campus - Northeast Philadelphia

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