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3+2 Physician Assistant Program at St. Mary’s University Minnesota, Winona, MN

This blog contains direct quotes from websites as of 2023. Programs and policies do change, at colleges, from time to time, so please check with the colleges directly to receive any updates. These are not, necessarily, the biggest, best, or most popular programs at the college, but they are the ones that just “caught my eye” as unique, special, interesting, or just plain awesome. They are randomly listed in the blog section of this website. Enjoy!


From the St. Mary’s University Minnesota website, (2023): “Accelerate your PA career. Advance with Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences. If you want a direct path to pursue a career as a Physician Assistant (PA) — and the opportunity to work with the leading hospital in the nation — your journey begins here.



“As part of our accelerated 3+2 PA program, you’ll study at Saint Mary’s state-of-the-art Aquinas Hall on the Winona Campus for three years. The following two years, you’ll learn from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences faculty at Saint Mary’s Rochester Campus. Here, you’ll engage in clinical learning experiences at Mayo Clinic in Rochester and throughout Mayo Clinic Health System.


“At the end of your fourth year, you’ll earn a Bachelor of Arts in Biology-Health Science from Saint Mary’s, and at the end of your fifth year, you’ll earn a Master of Health Sciences degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences.


“The Master of Health Science curriculum prepares students to sit for the PANCE exam and seek licensure as a physician assistant in Minnesota.


“Program Highlights:


*The health science major is the baccalaureate component of the 3+2 Physician Assistant Program in collaboration with Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences.


*First three years: Winona Campus


*Fourth and fifth years: Saint Mary’s Rochester Campus


*Learn from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences faculty


*Engage in clinical learning experiences at Mayo Clinic in Rochester and throughout Mayo Clinic Health System


*End of your fourth year: Earn a Bachelor of Arts in Biology Health Science from Saint Mary’s


*End of your fifth year: Earn a Master of Health Sciences degree in Physician Assistant Studies from Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences. You’ll be prepared to sit for the PANCE exam and seek licensure as a physician assistant in Minnesota.


"Accreditation: The ARC-PA has granted Accreditation-Provisional status to the Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences Physician Assistant Studies Program sponsored by Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science."


Saint Mary's University Minnesota is one of the 31 colleges featured in my new book (click image for information):




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