Physician Assistant Preparation
Preparation for physician assistant requires, first and
foremost, that certain pre-requisite courses be completed. In
addition, it is important to research the programs you
are interested in to determine if health care experience is
required and if so, how many hours. Many programs only admit students who have already been working in the health care field in a variety of professions including medical laboratory science, respiratory therapy, nursing, athletic training and many others. A significant number of hours can be required, and often there is a hierarchy of which experiences are given more value. Earned bachelor’s degree professions are usually preferred over associate degree or certificate professions. Professionals with degrees or certificates are usually preferred over candidates who earned hours volunteering, shadowing or working after on-the –job training. Students interested in being physician assistants should give considerable attention to how they plan to accrue the clinical hours necessary for application.
Because the path to physician assistant is complex, we have
prepared a 25 minute lecture on the topic at this site,
In addition, some programs require the
Examination for admission (GRE).
It is important to check the programs’ individual website to
determine if the GRE is required.
You can choose any
undergraduate major, provided that you include the required
physician assistant school prerequisite classes in your course
of study. You must do very well academically in the area of
study that you choose and also in all prerequisite courses.
Requirements vary by school; you must check the individual
school websites to determine the required pre-requisites.
HPAP will conduct a workshop for students interested in
becoming physician assistants. Dates will be announced for
fall and spring semesters.