Pre-Physician Assistant

Pre-Physician Assistant2018-05-09T19:37:32+00:00

Under a physician’s supervision, physician assistants (PAs) perform many tasks which are traditionally conducted by physicians, including physical exams, diagnostic tests, prescribing medications, and assisting with minor surgery.

Pre-Physician Assistant

Physician Assistants (PAs) work in all areas of medicine (e.g., family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics/gynecology, pediatrics, dermatology) as well as surgery and sub-specialties.

Skills and characteristics important to this profession are critical thinking, problem-solving skills, empathy, ability to work quickly and make good decisions under pressure, excellent time management skills, the ability to work with a team of caregivers, effective interpersonal communication, and the willingness to invest in continued education as healthcare methodology and technology changes.

• Pre-physician assistant students should consult with faculty advisor Professor January Haile.

What Courses Will I Take?

Suggested Courses for Pre-Physician Assistant Students

ANT 110 • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
BIO 110 • Evolution, Biodiversity, Ecology
BIO 225 • Human Anatomy and Physiology
BIO 230 • Vertebrate Nurtrition
BIO 325 • Vertebrate Morphology
BIO 335 • Developmental Biology
BIO 340 • Microbiology
BIO 351 • Laboratory in Human Physiology
CHE 131 • General Chemistry I
CHE 132 • General Chemistry II
CHE 241 • Organic Chemistry I
MAT 130 • Introduction to Statistics
PSY 110 • Introduction to Psychology
PSY 380 • Life-Span Developmental Psychology
SOC 110 • Introduction to Sociology