This Dual Degree Program is a collaborative effort between Kean University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ Piscataway).
The program combines a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Master of Science degree in Physician Assistant. The program consists of undergraduate studies at Kean for the BA in Biology degree and graduate studies at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, UMDNJ leading to a Master in Physician Assistant degree. The Dual Degree program is available to students who do not already have a Bachelor’s degree.
Students are admitted into the BA in Biology major/ PA track (minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 required). Students apply to the PA Program by June 1 of their sophomore (44-66 credits accumulated by spring semester) year at Kean, and if accepted, must maintain a 3.00 GPA (on a scale of 4.0, where 4.0 =”A”) through the end of their third undergraduate year. Students apply for admission to UMDNJ through the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). Personal interviews will be required of all applicants considered. The interview will serve to determine the applicant’s emotional and intellectual maturity, ability to communicate, and potential to achieve career satisfaction within the Physician Assistant role. Admission to the Biology major/PA track does not guarantee admission into the PA Program at UMDNJ.
If accepted into the Physician Assistant Program, courses taken during the first year at UMDNJ will transfer to Kean to complete the undergraduate degree in Biology at Kean University. At the end of the first year of the PA Program, Kean will confer the BA degree in Biological Sciences; at the end of the two additional years at UMDNJ (or the sixth year) UMDNJ will confer the MS in Physician Assistant.
Students who already have a Bachelor’s degree must contact UMDNJ at (732) 235-4444 and apply directly to the Physician Assistant Program using the online common application process (CASPA).
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