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Pre-Physician's Assistant

(Science/Mathematics Division)

Total Credit Hours:
66-70
Program Type:
Associate of Science (Transfer)
Major Code:
0045
Courses Required:
   
Additional Information:
http://www.darton.edu/programs/scimath/programs/p-prephya.php    

Who is this program for?

Students who apply to pre-physician's assistant programs are graduates of four-year colleges. Applicants are generally science majors, with a background in biology, chemistry, or physics. Many students interested in physician's assistant have an interest in medicine and have selected physician's assistant as a career due to increased flexibility of the profession and a close patient relationship.

What is this program about?

The Pre-physician's assistant major serves the role of a preparatory major for the Physician's Assistant program. The pre-physician's assistant program prepares students with the basic skills needed to continue at a college or university to complete a four year degree to meet the requirements needed for admission to a Physician's Assistant (professional) program. Completion of the Pre-Physicians Assistant program typically takes two years of study. After successful completion of the Pre-Physicians Assistant program students generally complete a four year undergraduate degree. After completion of a four year degree students must apply and be accepted to a physician's assistant school to continue their studies for an additional four years, for a minimum of eight years of college. The two years of study at the pre-physician's assistant level will include courses such as; General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, General Biology, Microbiology, Human Anatomy and Physiology, Physics, Calculus, English Composition, Speech, Humanities Electives, Economics, Social/Behavioral Sciences Electives, and other electives.

Where are the classes held?

Location Offered?
Albany Yes
Cordele Yes
Thomasville No
Colquitt No
Swainsboro No
Americus No
Channel 19 Yes
Online Yes

How are the classes offered?

Program Type Offered?
On Campus Only No
Hybrid Program Yes
Online Program No

A Hybrid Program is defined as a program containing a mixture of both online and on campus courses.
An Online Program is defined as a program that can be completed without having to set foot on campus.

When would I have the program completed by?

2 years plus the summer in between for the full time enrolled student.

Why would or should I be interested in this program?

The following data is from the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics (2006). It gives some idea of the demand for physician's assistant. Employment of physician's assistant is expected to grow faster than average for all occupations through 2014, in response to the medical needs of a growing and aging population. Median annual earnings of physician assistants were $69,410 in May 2004. The middle 50 percent earned between $57,110 and $83,560. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $37,320, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $94,880. Median annual earnings of physician assistants in 2004 were $70,310 in general medical and surgical hospitals and $69,210 in offices of physicians.

Employment Opportunities?

Average Starting Salary?

Responsible Department: Science/Mathematics
Last Modified: July 23, 2007
Program Contact: Lyndasu Crowe
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