Physician's assistant is a career gaining in popularity and directly competing with medical schools applicants. A PA gets trained quicker, starts earning money faster with lower debt, and depending on the specialty, may have just as much patient contact as a medical doctor. If you are interested in working with patients, moving more easily between specialties, and having more of a "9 to 5" type of job with less paperwork, consider this profession. On the other hand, if you are the kind of person who wants to be the one in charge, perhaps you should go for medical school. Consider the prerequisite courses of the PA schools you may want to apply to in addition to the requirements listed below. Your choice of major is up to you.
BIO 150 - Biology I: Cells and Genetics Credits: 4
CHE 111 - Principles of Chemistry I Credits: 4
CHE 112 - Principles of Chemistry II Credits: 4
BIO/KIN 213 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I Credits: 4
BIO/KIN 214 - Human Anatomy and Physiology II Credits: 4
MAT 220 - Biostatistics Credits: 4
BIO 314 - Microbiology Credits: 4
PSY 220 - Person in Psychological Context Credits: 4
One additional psychology elective: PSY 244 - Developmental Psychology or PSY 246 - Clinical Psychology: Psychopathology suggested
RECOMMENDED: Health Professions Seminars I–IV (taken in sophomore and junior years)
NOTE: Significant accumulation (1000 hours) of patient contact hours is a prerequisite for many but not all schools. See specific course requirements for individual schools. Additional biology courses may be required depending on the school.