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.
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 and can reach her by email here.
What Courses Will I Take?
Students interested in pursuing a career as a physician assistant after Centre should expect to take courses in biology, chemistry, mathematics, and other disciplines.
Suggested Courses for Pre-Physician Assistant Students
- Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (ANT 110)
- Evolution, Biodiversity, Ecology (BIO 110)
- Human Anatomy and Physiology (BIO 225)
- Vertebrate Nutrition (BIO 230)
- Vertebrate Morphology (BIO 325)
- Developmental Biology (BIO 335)
- Microbiology (BIO 340)
- Laboratory in Human Physiology (BIO 351)
- General Chemistry I (CHE 131)
- General Chemistry II (CHE 132)
- Organic Chemistry I (CHE 241)
- Introduction to Statistics (MAT 130)
- Introduction to Psychology (PSY 110)
- Life-Span Developmental Psychology (PSY 380)
- Introduction to Sociology (SOC 110)