Professional Health Care Career Path: Physician Assistant
About this field
This professional health care career path requires an advanced degree beyond the Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences.
A Physician Assistant is a health care provider who works under the supervision of a physician to provide medical care to a wide variety of patients. Physician Assistants evaluate and diagnose illnesses or injuries, develop treatment plans, and coordinate care for patients. They work in hospitals, clinics, and other health care facilities.
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Master’s degree from an Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA) accredited program.
Typical Prerequisites Needed for Admissions to a PA program
- 8 semester hours General Chemistry or Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry with labs
- 8 semester hours of Biology with labs
- 8 semester hours of Human Anatomy and Physiology with lab
- 3-4 semester hours of Organic Chemistry with lab
- General psychology
- 3 semester hours of statistics
- Microbiology with lab
- 2 English composition courses or intensive writing course series
NOTE: Students are strongly encouraged to determine the exact PA prerequisites for a program by visiting that program’s website. The link provided below shows all accredited PA degree programs.
Why choose Health Sciences as a bachelor’s degree?
In addition to offering a strong background in orthopedic injuries and medical illness assessment, the Health Sciences degree also provides a great degree of flexibility in course options for the student. Courses with content such as musculoskeletal evaluation, therapeutic interventions, kinesiology, and medical disease and illness provide the student with a strong foundation for medical school. The degree offers flexibility by allowing the student to take 9 hours outside of the health science area. When combined with core requirements, students should be able to meet all the typical prerequisites required of the average PA degree program.
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