Physician assistants (PAs) obtain medical histories, perform complete physical examinations and minor surgical procedures, order and interpret routine diagnostic tests, develop diagnostic and management plans, provide treatment of persons with acute and chronic illness and respond appropriately to life-threatening emergencies with supervision by a physician The American Academy of Physician Assistants website is a good resource for additional information.
A Bachelor’s degree that includes prerequisite courses is required for admission to the program. Students study for 28 months at some schools and earn a Master of Medical Science degree. Other admissions requirements are a year of health care experience and a competitive Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score.
Physician Assistant programs in the region
- Emory University School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program
- Trevecca Nazarene University Physician Assistant Program
- Duke University School of Medicine Physicians Assistant Program
- Bethel University Physicians Assistant Program
- Mercer University Physician Assistant Program
- South College Physicians Assistant Program
- Wake Forest University School of Medicine Physician Assistant Program
Examples of prerequisite courses:
- 10 SH - Humanities
- 10 SH - Social Sciences, including PSY 1010
- 20 SH - Natural Sciences (from courses below)
General Biology (BIOL 1110/1110L, 1120/1120L)
General Chemistry (CHEM 1110/1110L, 1120/1120L)
Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry (CHEM 3010/3010L, 3020/3020L or 4510)
Microbiology (BIOL 3110/3110L)
Central Application Service for Physician Assistants, CASPA, is a web-based application service that will allow you to apply to many physician assistant programs. Some Physician Assistant schools utilize the service.