Pre-Physician Assistant Program
A 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.
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.