Physician Assistant programs are graduate programs, leading to the awarding of the Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies degree (or similarly named Master's degree). As a result, admission into a Physician Assistant graduate program requires a Bachelor's degree. Students who desire to apply to Physician Assistant programs should also consider shadowing a practicing Physician Assistant as many Physician Assistant programs require this for admission.
Courses for Physician Assistant Program Preparation
Physician Assistant programs vary widely on the course requirements for admission. A variety of commonly required and recommended courses have been compiled for student reference. Provided the necessary required courses for admission are fulfilled, any Bachelor's program would be an acceptable choice. One choice that includes most of the required courses for admission to Physician Assistant programs is the Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. To be certain that all required courses are completed in a timely fashion, a recommended schedule of courses has also been provided. Interested students should still consult the desired Physician Assistant program(s) for specific course requirements. See our Physician Assistant Preparation Checklist.
Physician Assistant Program Admissions Test
The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required for admissions consideration to Physician Assistant programs.
Application for Physician Assistant Program Admission
The Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) is utilized by many Physician Assistant programs throughout the nation for admissions application processing.