How Do You Become a Physician Assistant?
Physician assistants work as medical professionals in clinics and hospitals. They diagnose medical conditions, develop treatments plans with patients, and prescribe medications. Physician assistants are generalists and they emphasize a holistic approach that includes patient education, preventive care, and long-term patient management.
To become a physician assistant (Master of Physician Assistant Studies), students must complete a bachelor’s degree and all the pre-requisite classes for admission to the program. It is recommended that students complete either the B.S. in biochemistry or the B.S. in biology. Most P.A. programs also encourage applicants to have between 40 and 100 shadowing hours with a physician assistant.