Overview PA

So, you want to be an physician assistant? 


From the American Academy of Physician Assistants, "Physician assistants are healthcare professionals who are authorized by the state to practice medicine as part of a team with physicians."

PAs diagnose and treat illnesses and injuries, conduct physical exams, order, read, and interpret labs, tests, and x-rays, provide guidance and advice on preventative health care, assist in surgery, and write prescriptions.

PAs work in all areas of medicine and can even specialize based on personal areas of interest.

A physician assistant works alongside other health professionals and practices medicine under the supervision of a physician or surgeon.

Many physician assistants have great job autonomy and responisbilty of their patients.

To become a physician assistant one must graduate from physician assistant school.

Key Points:

  • "Pre-PA" is not a major. Major in an area of personal interest to obtain a degree.
  • Being "Pre-PA" is an interest in addition to your major.
  • PA schools accept a variety of majors. You can major in whatever you are interested in as long as you complete the requirements.