A physician assistant is a healthcare provider who provides a broad range of services.

Learn more at the American Academy of PAs and the Physician Assistant Life websites.

What classes do I need to take?

Physician Assistant (PA) program requirements vary widely. Know your PA program early on and learn their course pre-requisites. A list of PA programs in the US and their prerequisites is found at the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) Program Directory.

Most common required courses for PA programs
(It is recommended to use the PAEA directory for specific PA schools)

What is the national standardized test?

Not all PA schools require a national standardize test or score. PA programs that do require a test use the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score.

What else should I know?

More information, such as what you should major in at UM-Dearborn and what else you can do to prepare for the profession, can be found in our FAQ section.

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