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Physician Assistants are health professionals who practice medicine as members of a team with supervising physicians, delivering a broad range of medical and surgical services to diverse populations in rural and urban settings. As part of their comprehensive responsibilities, PAs conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive health care, assist in surgery, and prescribe medications. There is state and national demand for PAs in our present health care system.
A bachelor's degree is required for admission to Physician Assistant programs, which are master's degree programs typically taking 26 months to complete. There are 140 accredited schools in the U.S., including five in Michigan. Admission requirements include strong academic performance, performance on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), health care experience, and letters of recommendation.
The bachelor's program you choose is not critical as long as the basic course requirements are fulfilled. You may select any Madonna University major in conjunction with your required science and related course work. You should review your long-term goals with the Pre-Professional advisor to select your major. The following are some of our bachelor's programs you might consider:
•  Biochemistry
•  Biology
•  Biology / Clinical Laboratory Sciences double major
•  Chemistry
•  Clinical Laboratory Sciences
•  Deaf Community Studies
•  Dietetics
•  Forensic Science
•  Gerontology
•  Interdisciplinary Studies
•  Long Term Care Administration
•  Natural Science
•  Psychology
•  Sign Language Studies
For an appointment with the Madonna University Pre-Professional Advisor, contact the College of Science and Mathematics at 734-432-5523 or email Professor Kuhn at

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