Jul 13, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

Clinical and Diagnostic Sciences, B.S., Specialization in Pre-Physician Assistant

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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.

Academic Advising

All students are required to meet with their professional academic advisor in the School of Health Sciences at least once a year to review progress toward their degree.


Note that several required courses satisfy general education requirements. See courses marked with “*”