Partnership Allows St. Lawrence Graduates Entry to Clarkson PA Program

CANTON - Options for careers in health care have expanded for graduates of St. Lawrence University, with the announcement of a new articulation agreement with the graduate physician assistant program at Clarkson University.

Space will be made available for two qualified St. Lawrence graduates in each cohort of the Clarkson program, which leads to the Master of Science degree in physician assistant studies in 28 months.

Physician assistant is ranked number two on the list of "Best Jobs in America" by CNN Money. An important part of the teamwork required in improving healthcare in the United States, the value of physician assistants has been demonstrated by numerous studies, which also point to a continuing need for qualified practitioners.

To qualify, St. Lawrence graduates must complete a series of required courses, and meet a number of other requirements.

Earlier this year, St. Lawrence formed a partnership with New York University's College of Nursing allowing qualified graduates to enter programs for a second bachelor's degree or master's degree in nursing. Additional medical profession options at St. Lawrence include its Early Assurance Program with the College of Medicine of the SUNY Upstate Medical University at Syracuse; an Early Assurance Program at the SUNY Buffalo School of Dentistry; and a pre-college matriculation early assurance program with SUNY Upstate Medical University (College of Medicine) for students interested in rural medicine.

Articulation Agreement with St. Lawrence University and the Clarkson University PA Program

All prerequisite courses are to be completed at St. Lawrence University prior to graduating from SLU.  If granted acceptance to the PA Program prior to graduation, that acceptance will be conditional upon completing all prerequisites, maintaining the required minimum GPA and graduating from St. Lawrence University.

Prerequisites include:  Bachelor’s degree from St. Lawrence University

One semester of human anatomy (Biology 240) and one semester of human physiology (Biology 326).

General Biology (Biology 101-102) with lab).

Microbiology (Biology 231)

Genetics  (Biology 245)

General Chemistry (Chemistry 103-104) with lab.

One semester of Organic Chemistry  (Chemistry 221) with lab.

2 additional biology classes, one of which can be an SYE research project.

1 semester of Humanities/Social Sciences

 1 semester Statistics (Mathematics 113)

1 semester Psychology (upper level recommended)

A Grade less than 2.00 is not acceptable for any prerequisite course

Overall GPA for all required courses must be at least 3.2

All applicants must take the GRE exam and have the scores sent to Clarkson University. A minimum of 500 hours of documented patient care experience is to be completed by the time of admission, with a minimum of 300 hours completed at the time of application.

The candidates will meet with CU PA faculty at least twice prior to their interview with the SLU Health Professions Committee. 

 It is required that applicants spend at least one day shadowing/observing a clinically practicing Physician Assistant.  A separate Clarkson PA program form must be completed by the PA validating the experience.

At least one letter of recommendation from a health care professional (MD, DO, PA, NP) and a letter of recommendation from the SLU Health Careers Committee is required along with a third letter of reference.    

Overall St. Lawrence undergraduate GPA no less than 3.2

Applicants must complete the CASPA (the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants) application, meeting all deadlines and requirements