Physician assistants are advanced practice health care providers who are trained to practice general medicine under the supervision of a licensed physician.
Most PA graduate programs are two to three years, versus four years for medical school — but the application process can be just as rigorous.
Preparation for PA school is a unique path for each student. Our personalized advising ensures that students are well-prepared with a strong foundation in the sciences, plus internship and shadowing opportunities.
Your major is up to you
Most pre-PA students major in biochemistry, biology, chemistry or neuroscience because those programs have the most overlap between requirements for the major and physician assistant graduate program prerequisites. As long as students satisfy prerequisites for physician assistant graduate school applications, they have a wide variety of major options.
Success in undergrad and beyond
Lauren Bergstresser-Petoskey '12 is a physician assistant at OSF Medical Group in Galesburg, Ill.Our graduates have a strong history of success in physician assistant programs. Recent Monmouth alumni have gone on to graduate programs at Des Moines University, St. Ambrose (Iowa) University, Southern Illinois University, Carroll (Wisconsin) University and Lincoln Memorial (Tennessee) University.
Bergstresser-Petoskey ’12, pictured here, was a catcher on the Fighting Scots softball team during her time at Monmouth. Personalized advising and small class sizes mean even students in rigorous undergraduate academic programs can participate in athletics or other activities they love.
APPLY YOUR KNOWLEDGEBEYOND THE CLASSROOM.
75% of our students complete an internship.
Internships put classroom learning into practical use. They give valuable technical and personal skills. They give students an advantage in landing their first job.
The Wackerle Center for Career, Leadership & Fellowships, faculty and our engaged alumni network help place students in internships, as well as advise and mentor them.Students graduate with experience and the knowledge how to achieve success!
WPFS. MCTV. COIL. Courier. Radio station, TV station, literary magazine, student newspaper.
Whether you’re passionate about a career in journalism or just have a natural sense of curiosity, we offer rich opportunities on our campus to explore the possibilities.
With a student-operated campus radio station, professional television studio, literature and arts magazine, and student-run newspaper, our students utilize their resources to learn technical, media-centric skills.