Pre-Physician Assistant

Physician Assistants provide diagnostic, therapeutic and preventative healthcare services under the supervision of a physician, usually in a hospital or clinic. Working as part of a comprehensive medical team, they take medical histories, examine patients, order tests, and prescribe medications.  They also treat minor injuries, apply splints and casts, provide other types of therapy, provide surgical assistance, and may be the principal care provider in small or rural clinics where a physician is not on staff every day.  They may also have managerial and supervisory duties.


Online Resources

Selected Regional Programs

University of South Dakota, Vermillion:

Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN:

Des Moines University, Des Moines:

Idaho State University, Pocatello:

University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha:   

University of Iowa, Iowa City:

Rocky Mountain College, Billings, MT:  

University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha:

University of North Dakota, Grand Forks:
(For students with nursing degrees and experience) 

University of Utah, Salt Lake City: 

Wichita State University, Wichita, KS:

Important Note

Consult the admissions/application web pages of the professional programs for information on required pre-requisite courses and admissions tests, application procedures, and application deadlines. Some professional/graduate programs will not accept AP or CLEP credits, online courses, or correspondence courses for the core science and math pre-requisite requirements. Many programs also require that all pre-requisite coursework be completed within a certain period of time, e.g., within 5 years prior to application. Policies vary by school and program. Be sure you know the requirements.