Health Sciences to MPAS 4+2 Direct Admit Program

Enjoy Guaranteed Admission into the Master of Physician Assistant Studies Program for Highly Qualified High School Students

The physician assistant (PA) profession is competitive, and you want to select a program that offers a path to success. The Franklin Pierce 4+2 Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) Direct Admit Program enables you to complete your studies through the master’s level in just six years.

You will complete a four-year Health Sciences undergraduate degree and then enter into the two-year MPAS program. Conditional acceptance is granted to qualified students during their senior year of high school. Guaranteed acceptance will be offered upon successful completion of all program requirements during undergraduate studies.



About the Program

The Franklin Pierce MPAS Program is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA).

The program operates at a modern facility in West Lebanon, New Hampshire. Along with classroom and lab work, the program includes at least 45 weeks of full-time clinical work at various sites to prepare for licensure and clinical practice. PAs are medical professionals who diagnose illness, develop and manage treatment plans, prescribe medications, and often serve as a patient’s principal healthcare provider. With thousands of hours of medical training, PAs are versatile and collaborative. PAs practice in every state and in every medical setting and specialty, improving healthcare access and quality. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, healthcare is projected to add more jobs than any other industry—sparking a 31% increase in the projected job outlook for the PA profession from 2018-2028.

If you have already been admitted to Franklin Pierce, download and complete the one-page Application Addendum. Please mail the completed form to the following address.

Franklin Pierce University
Office of Admissions
40 University Drive
Rindge, NH 03461


Requirements for Admission

Requirements for high school applicants seeking admission to the MPAS Direct Admit Program include:

  • Minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA), in academic courses only, of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale (89/100)
  • Equivalent of four years of math with a final grade of B+ (87/100) or higher in each class
  • Equivalent of four years of science with a final grade of B+ (87/100) or higher
  • Demonstrated leadership through community and school activities; related healthcare experience is highly desirable.
  • Preference given to a resident of a rural or medically underserved area or healthcare experience with populations from an underserved/rural area (paid or volunteer).


Progression Qualifications

To successfully progress from undergraduate studies into the MPAS program, you must meet the following qualifications, which will be evaluated at the end of your junior year.

  • Achieve a minimum CGPA of 3.5 and a science CGPA of 3.5
  • At least twenty (20) hours of shadowing a Physician Assistant in a clinical setting 
  • Healthcare experience with populations from underserved/ rural areas (paid or volunteer)
  • Successfully complete the following courses with a grade of “B” or better:

        Anatomy & Physiology I (4 credits, with lab)
        Anatomy & Physiology II (4 credits, with lab)
        Biology (4 credits, with lab)
        Chemistry I (4 credits, with lab)
        Chemistry II (4 credits, with lab)
        Microbiology (4 credits, with lab)
        Statistics (3 credits)

If you fail to meet progression standards, you will be encouraged to apply for entry during your senior year. Admission is competitive and is based on performance and space availability.


How to Apply

  1. Submit your Franklin Pierce University Application for Admission;
  2. Submit your Health Sciences/MPAS (4+2.5) Application Addendum along with other application materials. Deadline: May 1, 2022