3 + 3 Pre-Physician Assistant/Physician Assistant Articulation Program

(Westminster College and Duquesne University)

It is important for prospective students to realize that the following articulation agreement is only one of numerous pathways for a career as a physician assistant.  Many Westminister students have been accepted to physician assistant (PA) programs as graduate students after spending four years earning a B.S. in biology.  Students interested in the articulation agreement described below should enter into this agreement with the full understanding that preparation for a career as a physician assistant begins the moment they start at Westminster.  Students participating in this artciulation agreement must complete the Westminster course requirments within three years - the First Year Program, the liberal arts curriculum, and specific natural and physical science prerequisites - while maintaining an average grade of B, or higher. The number of spaces available for this articulation ageement is limited to five students per year.  If more than five students qualifiy, GPA (total and major) will be used to rank and ientify the top five. Transfer students and students who choose to enter as Exploratory (undeclared major) are not eligible for this program.

Successful completion of this program leads to a BS degree from Westminster and an MPA degree from Duquesne after a total of six years (three years at Westminster, followed by three more years at Duquesne). Students interested in this program must enter Westminster College as a biology major with a minimum combined verbal/math SAT score of 1100, or an ACT composite score of 24. For more details on participation in this program, pllease review the criteria listed below or contact the Chair of MedPAC.

Students in the PA articulation must maintain minimum pre-requisite and overall GPAs of 3.0 at Westminster, with a grade of C or better in all pre-requisite courses. Students must complete all science courses at Westminster and all program requirements within six semesters. To be eligible for transfer to Duquesne’s graduate program after three years, students must have earned 100 credit hours at Westminster and met all other published Duquesne admissions requirements. Again, a maximum of five qualified Westminster students per year will be admitted to Duquesne under this program. Specific Westminster course requirements for the 3 + 3 Pre-Physician Assistant/Physician Assistant Articulation Program include:  BIO201, BIO202, BIO203, BIO206, BIO301; either BIO302 or BIO303; either BIO360 or BIO 361; one additional 300 or higher level qualifying biology course; CHE117, CHE261, CHE262; PHY141 (or 151), PHY142 (or 152); INQ111, WRI111, SPE111.

In addition, students must complete all IP courses (including PSY101), cluster courses and PE course requirements of the Westminster curriculum.

Students in this program are exempt from BIO601 and BIO602 – Biology Capstone.

Westminster College – Duquesne University Physician Assistant Program:
  • - Leads to BS degree (Westminster) and MPA degree (Duquesne)
  • - 3 years at Westminster followed by 3 years at Duquesne
  • - Students must enter Westminster with an 1100 SAT (combined math and verbal scores) or a 24 ACT (composite) to qualify for acceptance in this program
  • - Students must enter as a biology major
  • - Transfer students and students who matriculate as Exploratory are not eligible
  • - First-year students must meet with their academic advisor and the Chair of MedPAC during the first week of classes in order to make known their intention to participate in the articulation agreement
  • - Follow prescribed program of study at Westminster
  • - Maintain minimum pre-requisite and overall GPAs of 3.0 at Westminster (cumulative and for each semester)*
  • - No grade less than “C” on any program pre-requisite course at Westminster
  • - Complete Westminster pre-requisite courses within 3 years
  • - Complete all science pre-requisite courses at Westminster
  • - Meet with MedPAC representative each semester to formally review status in program
  • - Meet Duquesne’s academic and program admission requirements
  • - Receive written recommendation from Westminster’s MedPAC
  • - Limited to 5 students per year (total and major GPA ranking determines students to be recommended)
  • - BS awarded upon successful completion of year 1 at Duquesne


(* If a student’s GPA drops below 3.0 at one point during the first four semesters, a student will be granted a one semester probationary period. If their GPA drops under 3.0 again during the first four semesters, or is under 3.0 at the end of the fifth semester, they will not be eligible to participate in the program.)