Brigham Young University - Idaho is helping some students get ahead of the game.
The university is teaming up with Salus University in Pennsylvania to offer students the opportunity to get a bachelor's and master's degree in 5 years.
"Salus University approached us about 2 years ago; and wanted to admit four of our students into their physician assistant program” said Greg Klingler a professor at BYU-Idaho.
Salus University has agreed to admit 4 BYU-Idaho students into its program every year.
"The students so far that have gone out there are pretty excited that, you know, the thing that excites them the most is that the availability of, not having to compete so hard for the seats where Salus on this 3-2 program, the college has a guaranteed number of seats, and so it gives the kids, they're only competing against 1 or 2 other kids to get into a PA program where nationally it might be 400 or 500 people maybe compete for 1 seat” said professor John Lewis.
"This is an opportunity that we think will be a magnificent opportunity for many of our students who are excited and who are looking for more opportunities” continued Klingler.
The university anticipates about 20 to 25 students will apply for the 4 seats.
"One of the most exciting things for us here is, we educate the students but then we get to see them actually go out and succeed and kind of do what they want to do” said Lewis.