Nationally certified and state-licensed, physician assistants (or PAs) work as a member of a healthcare team under the supervision of a physician. These professionals help diagnose illnesses, develop and manage treatment plans, prescribe medications, and can assist in surgery. While the path to becoming a PA is challenging, this career offers many professional benefits, including the ability to change specialties throughout the course of a career.
To become a physician assistant, students will need to complete a master’s degree from an accredited PA training program. These degrees take roughly 2 years to complete and can include more than 2,000 hours of clinical rotations.
PA Programs in Indiana
The admission criteria for each PA program are unique to that college or university. Additionally, many schools stipulate a maximum number of outstanding required courses at the time of application. While the following table includes the most common pre-requisite courses for physician assistant programs in the US, students should work with their advisor(s) to ensure all pre-requisite courses are completed in a timely fashion.
|Introductory Biology||Two, w/lab||BIO203 and BIO204|
|Microbiology||One, w/lab||BIO214 or BIO340|
|Human Anatomy||One, w/lab||BIO225|
|Human Physiology||One, w/lab||BIO226 or BIO334|
|Biochemistry||One||BIO310 or BIO311/312 or BIO411/412L|
|General Chemistry||Two, w/lab||CHE140/141L and CHE142/143L|
|Organic Chemistry||Two, w/lab||CHE305 and CHE306|
|Statistics||One||BIO205 or MAT130|
Admission to PA programs is highly competitive. Since the requirements for entry into these are diverse, students should thoroughly explore the requirements of all programs to which they hope to apply. At Marian, meet early and often with your advisor to stay on track for a successful application.
A competitive candidate will generally:
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