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.
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.