PA schools typically do not require any particular undergraduate major. What is most important is that you do well in your undergraduate program and prerequisite courses necessary for admission.
Physician assistants work collaboratively with physicians to provide patient care.
IS THIS CAREER RIGHT FOR YOU?
Do you find the human body fascinating and enjoy learning about science?
Would you like educating and communicating with people?
Would you be happy to be part of a team and be supervised by a physician?
Do you enjoy scientific research and solving problems?
- Dedicate yourself to doing well in all your courses, especially science courses, from your first semester. Many programs will expect minimum grades of C or B in prerequisite courses.
- Become involved in a variety of campus organizations.
- Become comfortable with speaking with your professors and advisors. Visit them during office hours to discuss your performance in class and future plans.
- Begin to research PA programs to which you would like to apply. Study their admission and prerequisite course requirements and tailor your courses accordingly.
- Continue doing well academically.
- Start seeking PA shadowing experience if you have not already done so.
- Continue getting to know your professors, ensuring that you will have individuals who are willing to write you supportive letters of reference.
- Begin to study for the Graduate Record Exam and plan on taking it in spring or summer of the junior year. Some programs may not require the GRE for admission.
- Become familiar with the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants.
- Identify the programs to which you will apply. Make certain you are aware of their application deadlines and that you will have completed all necessary prerequisite courses with the necessary minimum grades. Also, familiarize yourself with their supplemental application materials.
- Gain additional PA shadowing experience. Some programs require more shadowing experience than others.
- Line up letters of recommendation. Many programs will require at least one letter from a physician or physician assistant.
- Have application in by deadline which can typically range from Sept. 1 to November 1.