Physician Assistant (PA) practitioners serve a critical role in the delivery of healthcare in the public and private sectors. PAs perform many of the patient care tasks traditionally performed by physicians in diverse practices from family medicine to surgery and orthopedics. They perform complete medical exams, prescribe medications, and counsel patients on health and wellness.
The Pre-Physician Assistant (Pre-PA) specialization in Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences (CDS) allows students to complete the prerequisite classes for entry into most PA programs. Students may enter the Pre-PA program in their freshman year, or transfer into the program from other majors or institutions. There is no application to enter the program. Students must complete four one-credit courses in the Pre-PA curriculum designed to prepare the student for the PA application and field of study. More than one course may be taken concurrently for students transferring into the specialization.
Pre-Physician Assistant specialization professional course requirements
Students pursuing the pre-physician assistant specialization must complete the degree requirements for the major in Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences, B.S. and take the following courses for the specialization: