Flexibility and Face Time
If you’re looking for a way to study medicine and help people, becoming a physician assistant (PA) may be the career for you. PAs list flexibility and more face time with patients as two major benefits to the career. Plus, U.S. News and World Report ranks the PA profession as one of the fastest-growing health-care careers in the nation and in 2016 named it a No. 1 most-promising job.
As a Pre-Physician Assistant student you may major in any discipline as long as you complete the necessary pre-requisite courses for physician assistant school. If you are a Health Sciences major, you will work closely with your advisers to design an individualized course of study. This allows you to complete the required science and social science courses to prepare for you for admission to your chosen PA program.
Health Science majors also take the Health Science Seminar, a course designed to help you with the graduate school application process, from preparing your personal statement to interview tips and financial planning. During the course, Guilford alumni who are currently in or recently graduated from graduate programs in the health professions often come back to share their experiences with current students. This class should be taken the spring before you plan to apply to PA school.
Take a look at this sample double major for the Pre-Physician Assistant program. This course of study satisfies the pre-requisites for a graduate program in the health professions while also fulfilling major requirements.
Guilford graduates have or are currently attending PA school at Barry University, Campbell University, Chatham University, Christian Brothers University, Drexel University, Jefferson College of Health Science, Nova Southeastern University, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Quinnipiac University, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, Seton Hill University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Kentucky, University of Washington, Wake Forest University, and Wingate University.