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.
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
- biochemistry with lab
- medical terminology
- clinical health care experience (direct patient contact experience), about 1000 hours
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
- Online GRE Registration
- Required by most schools.
- California Baptist University
- Chapman University
- Charles R. Drew University
- Dominican University of California
- Loma Linda University
- Marshall B. Ketchum University
- Samuel Merritt College
- Southern California University of Health Sciences
- Stanford University
- Touro University - California
- University of California Davis
- University of the Pacific
- University of Southern California
- Western University of the Health Sciences
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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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