Pre-Physician Assistant

PAs are medical providers, most with graduate-level educations. They are licensed to diagnose and treat illness and disease and to prescribe medication for patients. PAs work in physician offices, hospitals, and clinics in collaboration with a licensed physician. Because of their advanced education in general medicine, modeled after physician education, PAs can treat patients with significant autonomy within the physician/PA relationship. In the primary care setting, PAs can provide almost all the clinical services that physicians provide, including performing physical exams, diagnosing and treating illnesses and prescribing medications.

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Plan Your Path to Physician Assistant School

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  1. Meet with a Pre-Health advisor to create a comprehensive academic and co-curricular plan
  2. Research application requirements
    • See specific school websites for any specific application requirements which may vary by school
    • Meet with a representative of the school for specific questions and guidance
  3. Take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  4. Apply to Physician Assistant schools
    • Most schools use the Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA)
    • Schools require applicants to document between 500-2,000 hours of patient contact in a job or volunteer setting

Suggested Academic Preparation

  • Bachelor’s degree – required by most programs and any UNL major is a great option
  • Completion of pre-requisite courses
  • Competitive academic record
    • GPA in both science and non-science courses
    • GRE score (required by some programs)

Current Students

Current students: Meet with a Pre-Health advisor to talk more about your Pre-Health goals.

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