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

  UM-Dearborn pre-requisite base courses for most PA programs

Once you have decided on your PA programs, create your own excel spreadsheet of course pre-requsites.

What is the national standardized test?

Not all PA programs require a national standardize test or score.

Some PA graduate programs required the ETS Graduate Record Examination (GRE) general test (not any of the subject tests). The best way to prepare for the general GRE test is to use the ETS free test preparation material on prepare for the general GRE. 

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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