Pre-Physician Assistant

Pre-Physician Assistant2019-04-15T15:48:48+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 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)