If you are interested in working as part of a health care team, you should consider studying to be a physician assistant (PA). Our pre-physician assistant preparation program will prepare you for a PA program through a health-related major such as medical technology or microbiology.
PA programs require applicants to have significant clinical experience, and each program has specific and varied requirements, so you need to fulfill the specific requirements of the program to which you decide to apply.
For a list of accredited programs nationwide, visit the Pre-Health Professions Office in the Cooper Science Building, CL 232 or review the list created by the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
About physician assistants
Physician assistants (PAs) work as part of a health care team directed by and under the supervision of a physician to provide health care services. A supervising physician and state law determine a physician assistant's duties. Aspiring PAs should investigate the laws and regulations in the states in which they wish to practice.
All states and the District of Columbia have legislation governing the qualifications or practice of physician assistants. All jurisdictions require physician assistants to pass the Physician Assistants National Certifying Examination, administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). The exam is open to graduates of accredited PA education programs. Only those successfully completing the examination may use the credential "Physician Assistant-Certified."
You can learn more about physician assistants from the American Academy of Physician Assistants or the U.S Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook.