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:
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:
Visit the Health Professions webpage for more information.