Physician Assistant

Overview:

Physician Assistants can practice and prescribe medicine in all 50 states and the District of Columbia (regulations vary by state) under the license of a physician, can work in a variety of health care settings, and although PAs are trained as generalists in medicine, they can also work in specialty areas, such as orthopedics, emergency medicine, or cardiology for example.

PAs are formally trained to provide the following healthcare services, as designated by a licensed physician: Diagnostic, Preventive, and Therapeutic services.  Working as members of the health care team, PAs may also: Diagnose illness and disease, Examine and treat patients, Instruct and counsel patients, Order or carry out therapies, Order and interpret lab tests and X-rays, Prescribe medications, Record progress notes, Take medical histories, Treat injuries by suturing, splinting, and casting. 

With the average PA program at 24-27 months, and the flexibility to move into different areas of medicine without additional training also add to the appeal of the profession.

Resources:

Professional Organization

Common Application Service

Entrance Exam

Financial Aid Programs

 

GPA:

  • Minimum: 3.1
  • Average: 3.5
  • Average GRE: 300
  • Average Job Shadow Hours: 75+
  • Averse Clinical Hours: 300+

 

PRE-REQUISITE COURSES FOR PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT

  • Principles of Biology w/labs 2 semesters
  • General Chemistry w/labs 2 semesters
  • Organic Chemistry w/labs 2 semesters
  • Physics w/labs 2 semesters
  • Psychology 2 semesters
  • Math Stats
  • Anatomy & Physiology w/labs 2 semesters

BS Biology:  Pre-Physician Assistant

Last Updated 4/26/16