Pre-Physician Assistant Program

Pre-Physician AssistantA physician assistant, or PA, is a person who assists a physician in his or her practice of medicine. The duties of physician assistants are as varied as the subspecialties they practice.  For example, PAs working in rural areas may have a great deal of independence and may work in the field and then report back to the physician supervising them, while PAs working in surgery may be standing next to the surgeon as he works.

For a detailed description of a career as a physician assistant, check the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Handbook under Physician Assistant.

Advantages to studying Pre-PA at UDM

  • UDM Pre-PA students complete a rigorous curriculum in Biology, Biochemistry, or Chemistry that prepares students very well for graduate programs in Physician Assistant.  UDM’s PA school has reviewed and provided input on this curriculum.
  • UDM Pre-PA students (regular 4 Year students) who meet the criteria at the time of application to the graduate PA program will be guaranteed an interview with the PA admissions committee.  This is a special consideration for UDM Pre-PA graduates only. 

For a PA Program admission interview:

UDM Pre-PA students need to satisfy the following requirements:

  • Submit an application for admission to the graduate PA program
  • Overall GPA ≥ 3.5 (at UDM)
  • Science GPA ≥ 3.3(at UDM)
  • GRE score ≥ 291
  • Patient contact hours ≥ 1000

Applicant Note: Consistent with College of Health Professions policy, a background check and drug screen will be required prior to any clinical assignments.

Alternatives to Pre-PA: To be a PA requires a graduate degree.  At UDM, students can get direct admission to a 5-year PA program.  Another option is that students can get a Bachelor in Biology (Pre-PA) then apply to the graduate school.