To reach your goal of practicing medicine as a physician assistant, you’ll need an undergraduate education that can:
1) fulfill the requirements of physician assistant (PA) graduate school, and
2) allow you to shine throughout the future you see for yourself.
Augustana’s pre-physician assistant advising program prepares you for the entrance requirements of any PA graduate program in the country. Beyond requirements for a bachelor’s degree and strong science background, PA programs often give more consideration to applicants with a broader, well-rounded education.
At Augustana, you’ll choose a major (most choose biology) and the specific pre-PA advising program. You are required to obtain 1,000 hours of clinical experience on your own to satisfy PA program expectations and build your skills and confidence as a future physician assistant.
Augustana graduates perform well in their rigorous PA graduate programs. They say it stems from their undergraduate preparation in the sciences and well-rounded background, extensive clinical work and research, and connections with devoted faculty mentors.
• Connections and our location lead to good clinical placements. Faculty mentors work with Augustana’s Office of Career Development in CORE to assist pre-physician assistant students with clinical placements at a variety of hospitals, rehabilitation centers and nursing facilities throughout the Quad Cities.
• Augustana pre-physician students can gain clinical experience and earn college credit through summer internships and research assistantships. One example is Augustana’s intensive internship program with the Texas Medical Center in Houston, the largest medical complex in the world. Students conduct research with mentors who are leaders in areas ranging from cancer to molecular genetics.
• Among the high-tech laboratories in Augustana’s Hanson Hall of Science are individual labs for anatomy and physiology, cell biology, genetics, and hands-on experience working with human cadavers — a rare opportunity for undergraduates, giving students in the pre-health sciences an edge for graduate school.
Izzy Anderson '19 is pursuing a master’s in physician assistant studies at the University of Dubuque.
Rachel Buenaobra '18 is a laboratory assistant at NICL Laboratories in Northbrook, Ill.
Ben Hodges '15 is a physician associate at Fort HealthCare Orthopaedic Associates in Oconomowoc, Wis.
Jennifer Vanderpool '15 Myers is a physician assistant–neurosurgery at Ascension in Milwaukee, Wis.
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