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​Physician Assistant

​​​​​​​​Description​Physicians Assistants are trained in such tasks as screening patients, taking histories, performing physical exams, performing developmental screening exams for children, managing emergencies, etc.  A physician willing to accept responsibility may assign more complicated therapeutic procedures to the PA who has demonstrated ability.
Degree ​P.A.
Program Length​2 Years
Professional Schools’ Organization​AAPA (American Academy of Physician Assistants)
​Application Service​CASPA (Central Application Service for Physician Assistants) – Currently used by 68 schools
Academic Admission Requirements​Varies with school but may include two semesters each:  Biology, Chemistry (some Organic/Biochemistry), Microbiology, Anatomy, and Physiology; one semester Math.  Also Psychology.
​Admission Exam​GRE (most), or MCAT    or
​Personal Attributes & Experiences​Most PA programs require health care experience of applicants (e.g. EMT, volunteering in a hospital, orderly, nurses aide, nurse, etc.)  MOST programs expect life experience as well as medical experience.
Recommendation Letters​No standard form.