About the Program

Prepare to be an innovator in the ever-expanding healthcare industry. 

From the start, you are taught a wide spectrum of medical disciplines by faculty who are practicing health professionals, giving you insight and guidance into various medical careers and paths. Through a wide array of electives including psychology, nutrition, genetics, and public health, you can fulfill prerequisites for graduate programs, explore a variety of academic interests and prepare for a spectrum of different career choices.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Instruction by medical professionals
  • Preparation for a variety of career paths
  • 200 hours clinical experience
  • Variety of local options for clinical experiences
  • Global medical mission trips
  • Combined degree options

You will gain real, hands-on experience during your time at PhilaU from the 200 hours of direct patient contact that is a required part of your curriculum.  This clinical exposure as an undergraduate is part of our signature Nexus learning – and will give you a jump start into graduate studies or professional medical careers. Our students can capitalize on the wealth of medical centers in Philadelphia – gaining experience through affiliations with several local hospitals, medical offices, and long term care facilities.

You also have the opportunity to gather a global perspective of healthcare with our yearly medical mission trips with the Global Medical Brigade – experience PhilaU graduates are known and valued for.  Our students have gone everywhere from Central America to Africa on week-long trips where they perform patient intake and triage, dispense medications under the supervision of a pharmacist, and assist medical providers.

We also offer three combined degree programs: the B.S. in Health Sciences/M.S. in Physician Assistant Studies, the B.S. in Health Sciences/M.S. in Occupational Therapy, and the B.S. in Health Sciences/M.S. in Community and Trauma Counseling. For more information, please visit our Combined Degree Program page.