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 track is part of the Health Professions Concentration (which is open to ALL majors) and prepares students to apply to Physician Assistant graduate programs. In addition to completing the Kinesiology major courses, students are required to complete the Pre-Physician Assistant courses. These courses will provide the majority of the pre-requisites for Physician Assistant programs. It is imperative that students work closely with their advisors in meeting the specific pre-requisites of the program choice as these do vary somewhat.