Pre-Physician Assistant

The Physician Assistant (P.A.) profession is one of the fastest growing health professions in the United States. Students may major in any subject as long they complete the required prerequisite courses. They should consult the requirements of representative P.A. schools in consultation with their advisor to select a program meeting those requirements. 

Physician Assistants practice medicine supervised by licensed physicians.  Admission factors include high grade point average, GRE scores at or above the 50th percentile, letters of recommendation, and health care experience. Nearly all P.A. programs require considerable hands-on health care experience, such as that obtained through work as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Certified Nurse's Aid (CNA), Registered Nurse (RN), or Radiology Technician (RT). Many individuals enter the profession after being in the work force for one or more years.  Before entering practice, graduates must also pass a national certifying examination to earn the PA/C designation.

 Recent Illinois College students have been accepted at the following P.A. schools:

::    Southern Illinois University Carbondale (2)
::    Midwestern University (2)
::    Medical University of South Carolina (1)
::    St. Louis University (2)
::    Des Moines University (1)
::    Indiana State University (1)
::    University of St. Francis- Fort Wayne (1)
::    Bethel College (1)
::    South University-Savannah (1)

Our Pre-Physician Assistant Advisors:
Rayyan Yassin '12, MEng. Engineering Mechanics
Coordinator for Pre-engineering and Pre-Health Sciences Programs
Office: Parker 109
Laura Corey, Ph.D. Chair, Department of Biology
Coordinator, Illinois College Medical School Preparation Program
Office: Parker 124
Paul Hamilton, Ph.D.  Assistant Professor of Biology
Assistant Coordinator, Illinois College Medical School Preparation Program
Office: Parker 115


 Preparing for P.A. School at Illinois College

An excellent preparation for entry into a P.A. program is a baccalaureate degree which includes the standard pre-medical curriculum (biology; English; inorganic, organic, and biochemistry; psychology; physics). Physician Assistant programs require two years of graduate training. The curriculum consists of courses in the basic sciences and clinical medicine and rotations through the various medical and surgical specialties. While students should be careful to choose the courses specifically required at each P.A. school of to which they plan to apply, the general science prerequisites include:

Sample 4-year Schedule for Illinois College Pre-Physician Assistant Students with Science Major

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