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Program Type: Undergraduate

Degree Awarded: Students typically obtain a B.S. in Biological Sciences (cellular/molecular/genetics or general biology track), but any track will work as long as entry requirements are met.

Do you have a goal to become a Physician’s Associate after completing your undergraduate work? Get a head start with NKU’s Pre-Physician’s Assistant program. You’ll receive personalized guidance from advisors on classes, patient care opportunities and more while you learn from our highly-rated faculty in interdisciplinary courses with low student-to-faculty ratios. Your co-curricular opportunities, internships, project-based courses, and tailored mentoring will help prepare you to succeed and make a difference in the medical field.

Program Contacts

Dr. Mary Schilling
Lecturer, PA Advisor

Dr. Brad Sarchet
Lecturer, PA Advisor

Students in the Spotlight

Ryan Sexton

Ryan Sexton

Graduating Year: 2022

Education: BA Environmental Science major, Health, Community, Environment Track

Career: Currently enrolled University of Cumberlands Master of Science Physician Assistant Program

Attended Gateway Community and Technical College and obtained an Associate of Science and Associate of Arts degrees in 2019. Transferred to Northern Kentucky University where I graduated with my Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Science (Magna Cum Laude). I am currently enrolled at the University of the Cumberlands in their Master of Science Physician Assistant program. In addition to becoming a PA, I have plans to give back to my community through educational efforts at the collegiate level.

Find Your Passions & Build Your Future

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  • Unique Partnerships with Shadowing Experience: Our students are able to obtain shadowing and career experience unique partnerships with St. Elizabeth Healthcare and PA schools like the University of the Cumberlands.
  • State-of-the-Art Centers and Facilities: Students have the profoundly impactful opportunity to learn about the complexity of the human body in our cadaver lab, applying anatomy and physiology concepts they have previously learned in class in a lasting way.
  • Numerous Financial Aid Opportunities: NKU students are eligible for numerous merit- and needs-based scholarships. Scholarships are also available for students pursuing STEM majors, like the Greaves Scholarship, which covers full in-state tuition and books.
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Financial Aid

A variety of financial assistance is available, from grants to scholarships, loans to veteran benefits.