College of Science & Technology
Ms. Maureen Leong-Kee
CST Advisor and Student Success Coordinator
College of Science and Technology Office of Academic Advising
Pre-Physician Assistant Pathway
Students interested in Pre-Medicine, Pre-Dentistry, Pre-Physician Assistant or Pre-Anesthesia Assistant typically major in Biology or Chemistry but can be ANY MAJOR provided they take the correct pre-requisites. Pre-physician assistant is not an academic major, but a collection of courses designed to help you meet the requirements for admission to PA school Students are advised on the best course of study by a college advisor (as a freshmen or sophomore) or faculty member in their major department. We encourage all students interested in any of these paths to contact an advisor early in their academic careers to ensure they choose the most appropriate curriculum. Just like medical schools, physician assistant program admission is very competitive. Students must have high science and math GPA’s and they must score well on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). In addition to course work, most PA programs require that you have experience working in a healthcare setting to be accepted.
The pre-physician assistant program prepares students to take the GRE and apply for admission to physician assistant school. After graduation from Armstrong, students apply to physician assistant school to complete their training to become a physician assistant. A physician assistant has a variety of practice opportunities, including working in hospitals and private practice.