• Overview
  • 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.

  • Degree Fit
  • 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
  • Career Outcomes
  • This program prepares you to become a:
    • Physician assistant (P.A.)