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Physician Assistant

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Physician assistants represent one of the fastest-growing health careers in the country, providing quality care in under served areas to those who might otherwise have limited or no access to health care. Trained in the medical model, PAs are licensed to practice medicine with limited supervision of a physician.

If you choose to pursue this career path you will one day provide a broad range of health care services that are traditionally performed by a physician, including conducting physical exams, diagnosing and treat illnesses, and writing prescriptions. Therefore, the ideal applicant possesses all the skills that make a great physician, including self-motivation to work independently and a strong desire to help those in need.

M.S. or P.A.

Program Length
2 years

Professional Schools’ Organization
American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA)

Application Service
Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA)

Academic Admission Requirements
See Peter Gaines to review specific school requirements.

Admission Exam
Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

Recommendation Letters
Letters of recommendation from a pre-health advisor may be required, and may be kept confidential.

Current Topics
If you are in the process of applying and looking at schools, you might want to look the Physician Assistant Education website. It appears to be an excellent way to look at all of the programs in the U.S. as well as a way to help you select schools that fulfill your requirements. Please keep in mind the website does cost. If you do use it please send critiques of it to Peter Gaines.