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Pre-Physician Assistant

What should I major in if I want to be a physician assistant? There is not a specific major that is required for admittance in a PA program.  With your advisor’s assistance you can design a curriculum that meets the requirements to enter physician's assistant programs while studying what interests you most.  Students who have developed excellent writing and speaking skills, possess analytic and synthetic thinking ability, are life-long learners who are enthusiastic, and understand the interpersonal aspects of medicine are they type of students most PA schools seek.  Your major does not determine your success in being accepted to a Physician's Assistant Program.

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Undergraduate Preparation

The “pre-PA” checklist is a beginning point for students.  There are certain criteria that must be fulfilled for admittance to a PA school.  You and your academic advisor will need to examine your interests, your academic record and the requirements to determine the best academic path for you.  Most Tennessee schools require courses in biology, chemistry, human anatomy and physiology, and psychology.  It is important to check each school's admission requirements to make sure you are on track to apply to the respective PA School.

Early in your academic career you will need to research some of the PA schools you are interested in attending to insure you will meet their criteria for admission.  Some basic factors common to all professional schools include:

                     Two Semesters – General Biology (or equivalent)
                     Two Semesters – General Chemistry (or equivalent) 
                     Two Semesters – Human Anatomy & Physiology
                     One Semester – Microbiology or Bacteriology
                     One Semester – Psychology
                     One Semester – Human Genetics

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