Professions Advisor

Liz Bryant
phone: (208) 885-6625
office: TLC 231-C

Mailing Address
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2436
Moscow, ID 83844-2436

Pre-Physician Assistant

Physician Assistant as a Career

A physician assistant consulting with a patient.Most PA programs are masters degree programs.  For more information, see Explore Health Careers.org (Physician Assistant) and the Physician Assistant Education Association (Become a Physician Assistant), and PA Focus

University Course Work

  • Meet with your allied health advisor at least once every semester and add your name to the “pre-PA email distribution list.”  The allied health advisor assists students in choosing courses, developing class schedules, preparing a strong resume, navigating the very complicated application process, reviewing personal statements, and conducting mock interviews.
  • Choose a college major that you enjoy and that provides a good “back-up plan” and career path in case you change your mind about PA. Common majors include biology, microbiology, chemistry, biochemistry, exercise science, nutrition, etc.
  • Carefully check admission requirements at PA schools of most interest and take the required coursework. Common prerequisites or strongly recommended courses include chemistry, biology, anatomy, physiology, microbiology, biochemistry, statistics, psychology, organic chemistry etc.
    • PA Program Directory
    • Consider purchasing the On-line PA Directory which includes admissions deadlines, entrance requirements, credentials awarded, tuition fees, financial aid, clinical affiliations, and other information
  • Maintain a competitive GPA.

School (Your Time at University)

  • Get shadowing and clinical experience with a PA and in multiple health care settings. Maintain a formal log (Professional Development Activities Log (Word)). Find out firsthand what the profession is like, decide if it is right for you, explore different areas of the field and in different settings, and be sure to meet clinical experience requirements of your preferred schools, as they can vary widely.
  • Get involved in extracurricular, leadership, and volunteer activities
  • Develop strong relationships with faculty mentors, PA professionals, and others who will be writing letters of reference

Applying to Physician Assistant School