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Pre-Physician Assistant, Focus

First steps toward a career as a physician assistant.

The pre-physician assistant (PA) focus is an advising program to help students select courses and become well prepared for application to physician assistant school.

The steps toward your career as a physician assistant begin by taking the required pre-PA courses, completing your undergraduate degree, and gaining required clinical experience. Course work will include chemistry, biology, anatomy, physiology, organic chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology and statistics. Common pre-PA majors include biology, chemistry, biochemistry, microbiology, exercise science, and nutrition. You will also need to seek out volunteer opportunities to shadow PAs and to work with patients in a variety of clinical settings.

Completing these steps are prerequisites for applying to PA school for two or more additional years of specialized training.

This program is a good fit if you:

  • Enjoy science and math
  • Are a good problem solver
  • Like to work with people and to help others
  • Are interested in caring for people’s health

This program prepares you to become a:

  • Physician Assistant (P.A.)

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