What will I learn?

Physician Assistants (PA) are nationally certified and state licensed to practice medicine. For nearly 50 years, PAs have been part of the healthcare team. PAs perform a comprehensive range of medical duties, from primary care to assisting in major surgery. PAs are educated at the graduate level and practice in every medical and surgical setting and specialty. Throughout their training, PAs complete more than 2,000 hours of clinical rotations in family medicine, internal medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, general surgery, emergency medicine, and psychiatry.

The focus of the PA education is primary care medicine. This broad education provides a base from which graduates practice in primary care and other medical specialties. The Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) provides an online PA Programs Directory. The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) is the national professional society for PAs, representing a profession of more than 100,000 certified PAs across all medical and surgical specialties. My PA Network is another great resource to learn about the profession; it is an online community for PAs to communicate, learn, share their experiences, and discuss changes in the profession.

Once you complete 12 or more credit hours in biology or chemistry (BC) course work at James Madison University, you will be subject to performance standard reviews twice a year. You must achieve and maintain an overall G.P.A. of 3.00 or above and BC G.P.A. of 2.70 or above to retain the Pre-Physician Assistant Program declaration. Since physician assistant programs consider all course attempts during the admissions process, the G.P.A. calculations for the Pre-Physician Assistant Program will include all course attempts. If your academic performance standards fall below a 3.00 overall G.P.A. or a 2.70 BC G.P.A., you are at very high risk for not being admitted to a physician assistant program. Therefore if you are unable to attain or maintain an a 3.00 overall G.P.A. or above or a 2.70 BC G.P.A. or above, then your Pre-Physician Assistant Program will be administratively dropped.

Pre-Professional Health Advising has developed requirements for the Pre-Physician Assistant Program based on pre-requisite courses of 76 PA schools in the District of Columbia and 8 states (CT, MA, MD, NC, NJ, NY, PA, and VA). The review of pre-requisite courses to develop the requirements for the Pre-PA Program below was completed in spring semester 2017. You should look at individual PA school lists of pre-requisites to assure completion of all pre-requisite coursework. Because these courses are pre-requisites to PA programs, PA school admissions committees will use your academic success in these courses as a metric of your ability to achieve success in PA school.

Which department am I in?

James Madison University

Study options

Full Time (Intermediate or advanced BIO course work: 4 Credit Hours)

Tuition fees
US$31,600.00 per year
Given fee includes Tuition, Insurance and ISSS
Start date

Expected January, August 2022

Venue

James Madison University

800 South Main Street,

HARRISONBURG,

Virginia,

22807, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Applicants must have official high school transcript with senior year course schedule.

Minimum standardized test score:

IELTS minimum score of 6.5

Pearson PTE Academic minimum score of 58

TOEFL minimum score of 81 (internet-based test)

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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