Pre-Physician Assistant

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, ... 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.

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