Physician assistants work in all areas of medicine, including primary care and family medicine, emergency medicine, surgery, and psychiatry. The work of physician assistants depends in large part on their specialty or the type of medical practice where they work. For example, a physician assistant working in surgery may close incisions and provide care before, during, and after the operation. A physician assistant working in pediatrics may examine a child and give routine vaccinations.
How do I become a Physician Assistant?
Most students accepted into a PA program have completed a baccalaureate degree and have at least three years of health care experience. Depending on the program, students may be eligible to apply to the PA program of their choice after completing at least 2 years of college pre-requisite courses.
Common pre-requisite coursework for acceptance in PA programs are: Anatomy & Physiology I & II, General Chemistry I&II, Organic Chemistry I&II, Microbiology, Genetics, and Statistics. Specific requirements for each program can be found on the Physician Assistant Education Association's website.
Students from Heidelberg that have attended Physician Assistant programs have majored in Athletic Training, Biology, Chemistry, and Health Science. However, students can choose any major - admission to PA programs is based on overall GPA, prerequisite course GPA, experience/knowledge of the field, and leadership/involvement.
Learn about how Danielle Howard '14, went on to complete the Physician Assistant program at the University of Toledo and now works as a PA at Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital within The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus.