Physician Assistants (PAs), function under a physician’s supervision. PAs offer direct patient care. Medical schools, hospitals, colleges and universities run Physician Assistants programs.
There are more than 120 accredited Physician Assistant programs in the U.S.— over half of them offer a Master’s degree. The remainder offers either a Bachelor’s degree or an Associate’s degree. Programs are at least two years of classroom and laboratory work followed by clinical rotations in the various medical disciplines. While most PA programs train students for general medicine, there are special assistant programs, such as surgeons’ assistant and pediatric assistant.
Physician Assistant Programs Course Requirements:
–Biology: Two semesters or one year with lab.
–Human Anatomy and Physiology: Two semesters or one year with lab.
–General Chemistry: Two semesters or one year with lab. It is recommended that these courses be taken in the freshman year since they are prerequisites for organic chemistry.
–Organic Chemistry: One to two semesters with lab.
–Biochemistry: One semester.
–English: Three semesters with one semester in speech.
Mathematics: One to two semesters.
–Statistics: One semester.
–Psychology: One to two semesters.
-Additional Social Sciences or Humanities courses.
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