A physician assistant (PA) practices medicine under the direction of a physician and is a valuable member of a team. To learn more about the scope of practice for a PA, you can refer to the American Academy of Physician Assistants.
In order to get into a PA program, you must complete an undergraduate degree in your major of choice and complete the prerequisite courses that are required by most PA programs. In addition to the academic requirements, PA programs typically require that students have extensive hours of paid, hands-on, direct patient and clinical care. Applicants must also complete the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Requirements for PA programs vary so greatly so be sure to do your research and consult with the Natural Science & Pre Health Professional Pathways Advisor.