January 3, 2012
Writer: Writer: Jessica McIntyre

As part of a new partnership with Salus University (SU), Brigham Young University-Idaho students can complete both a bachelor’s degree in health science and a master’s degree in physician assistant (PA) studies in just five years.

Salus University has guaranteed to admit four BYU-Idaho students into its 3+2 program every year. Students complete their first three years in health science at BYU-Idaho, and then move to Elkins Park, Pa., where they attend graduate school at SU for two additional years.

“Two years ago we were contacted by SU representatives to place four of our best students in their physician assistant program,” said Greg Klingler, health science faculty and SU liaison. “Because of our partnership, BYU-Idaho students’ chances of getting into SU go from 1-50 to roughly 1-3.”