Physician assistants work hands on with patients under the supervision of a licensed doctor. The job affords the person the ability to diagnose and treat patients and can also entail managing the office of a medical practice. Physician assistants do not have to attend medical school, though many get a master's degree. A few colleges across the country offer undergraduate-level degree programs for physician assistants.
St. John’s University
St. John’s University has a bachelor of science program in physician assistant studies. The degree program emphasizes anatomy, biology and clinical knowledge. For the first two years, students focus on theoretical knowledge; once they have proven a mastery of theory, students apply their skills in a supervised clinical setting. Clinical rotations can take place in a variety of settings, including private practices, medical centers and hospitals. Upon completion of the program, students will be prepared to take the physician assistant licensing exam.
St. John’s University 8000 Utopia Parkway Queens, New York 11439 718-990-2000 stjohns.edu
Howard University has a 166-unit undergraduate program that includes both classroom curriculum and clinical fieldwork. The course curriculum is divided into 60 units of lower division study and 106 units of upper division study. Lower division courses include general education and upper division classes are more specific to the physician assistant major. Courses in the program include medical terminology, human anatomy and pharmocology. Students complete a clinical clerkship in their senior year that lasts for 45 weeks.
Howard University 2400 Sixth St., NW Washington, DC 20059 202-806-6100 howard.edu
University of Washington
University of Washington offers a bachelor-level physician assistant program known as the MEDEX Northwest program. Offered through the university's school of medicine, MEDEX Northwest has been offered since 1969 and accepts an average of 75 students each year. Students must complete 141 credits that consist of course work including basic clinical skills, pathophysiology for primary care and emergency medicine. Four clinical clerkship rotations must be completed in the final year, including two in a family practice setting.
University of Washington 1410 NE Campus Parkway Seattle, WA 98195 206-543-2100 washington.edu