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Pre-physician Assistant Concentration

According to the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), “A physician assistant (PA) is a medical professional who works as part of a team with a doctor. PAs perform physical examinations, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret lab tests, perform procedures, assist in surgery, provide patient education and counseling and make rounds in hospitals and nursing homes. All 50 states and the District of Columbia allow PAs to practice and prescribe medications.”

The Pre-Physician Assistant concentration prepares students to apply to physician assistant graduate programs. The concentration requirements can be satisfied by taking the following courses in addition to the Kinesiology major courses:

  • BIO 150 Biology 1: Cells and Genetics
  • CHE 112 Principles of Chemistry II
  • PHY 120 or 122 Introductory Physics II or General Physics II
  • BIO 314 Microbiology
  • PSY 220 Person in Psychological Context
  • PSY 244 Developmental Psychology or PSY 246 Clinical Psychology
  • Recommended: Health Professions Seminars I-IV (taken in sophomore and junior years)

It is highly recommended that students apply for an internship to supplement their experience, as significant accumulation (1000 hours) of patient contact hours is a prerequisite for many but schools. These can be arranged in collaboration with the student's academic advisor.

No, any Gordon College student can complete the Pre-Physician Assistant concentration. Additional courses required for the concentration that are met by the Kinesiology major requirements are:

  • CHE 111 Principles of Chemistry I
  • BIO/KIN 213 Human Anatomy and Physiology I
  • BIO/KIN 214 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
  • MAT 220 Biostatistics

Visit the Health Professions webpage for more information.