Physician Assistant

Post-baccalaureate degree: Masters

Physician assistants (PAs) are health care professionals who practice medicine under the supervision of a licensed physician. PAs provide physical exams, order and administer tests, make diagnoses, and treat illnesses. PAs work in a variety of settings including hospitals, long-term care facilities, and surgical centers. They are qualified to practice in over 60 specialty areas.

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Minimum Prerequisites for Admission

The following prerequisites must be completed prior to matriculation in a physician assistant program:

  • bachelor's degree
  • each program has its own prerequisites: check specific school for prerequisites details
  • general course prerequisites:
    • English, one year
    • general biology with lab, one year
    • general chemistry with lab, one year
    • anatomy and physiology
    • psychology and/or sociology
    • microbiology with lab
    • statistics
    • biochemistry with lab
    • medical terminology
  • clinical health care experience (direct patient contact experience), about 1000 hours

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General Education

We recommend that all pre-health students enroll in courses that meet the particular general education requirements to help develop a broad understanding of the health professions in relation to other disciplines of study. Review our General Education Recommendations [PDF] for additional information.

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