Pharmacy, Natural & Health Sciences

Biology-Chemistry - Physician Assistant

Preparing for a Career as a Physician Assistant

Physician Assistants are nationally certified and state-licensed medical professionals who practice medicine on health care teams in every medical specialty in all 50 states. Experts in general medicine, Physician Assistants take medical histories, conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, prescribe medicine, perform procedures, assist in surgery, and have many other responsibilities.  There is a heavy demand for Physician Assistants.
  • Course Work
    Physician Assistant program admission typically requires a minimum course work of – one year each of general chemistry and organic chemistry;  one semester each of human anatomy, human physiology, microbiology, biochemistry, statistics, social science, and behavioral science (psychology).  Always check on the specific requirements of schools to which you may eventually apply.
  • Course Sequences
  • Experiences
    Most schools require roughly 500 to 1000 hours of paid work experience in health care with direct patient contact.  Typical roles to obtain this extensive are Certified Nursing Assisant (CNA), Emergency Medical Technician, Medical Scribe, Medical Assistant, or Phlebotomist.  Other positions might also fulfill this requirement, for example Community Health Worker or Health Navigator, but be sure to check with the programs to which you wish to apply.
  • Application Process
    CASPA - the Central Application for Physician Assistants is the controlling organization that collects applications.  Admission typically requires taking the GRE.

    University of Saint Francis  (Ft. Wayne) has an articulation agreement with Manchester for students completing the Biology-Chemistry major. Read more.

Other physician assistant programs in Indiana include: