Application to PA school is highly competitive.
Look into PA programs you want to apply to as early as your freshman year in college.
You’ll typically need to complete at least two years of college coursework in basic and behavioral sciences before applying to a PA program, which is very similar to premedical studies.
The majority of PA programs have the following prerequisites:
Many PA programs also require prior health care experience with hands-on patient care.
You can get health care experience by being a (not an exhaustive list):
- Medical assistant
- Emergency medical technician (EMT)
- Medic or medical corpsman
- Peace Corps volunteer
- Lab assistant/phlebotomist
- Registered nurse
- Emergency room technician
- Surgical tech
- Certified nursing assistant (CNA)
Most students have a bachelor’s degree and about three years of health care experience before entering a program.
Learn more about getting into a PA program:
Full list of PA programs with requirements (health care experience hours, standardized exams, prerequisite coursework, GPA, etc.)