2012-2013 College Catalog 
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2012-2013 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Pre-Physician’s Assistant

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General Information:

Gabriela Galey, advisor

Students interested in Physician’s Assistant (PA) training must first complete a Bachelor of Science degree. PA Master’s Degree programs do not require a particular major. Every PA program has slightly different prerequisites which can be found by going to the Web site of that school. The student is encouraged to investigate the requirements of the PA schools he or she may wish to attend during the beginning of undergraduate studies. The following is a list of College of the Ozarks courses that are required by the majority of PA programs.


Biology: 16 credit hours including


*These courses have prerequisites that require additional hours in biology. See college catalog for course listings.

General Timeline for application to most PA schools:

  • Students should take the GRE General Test the summer after their junior year.
  • CASPA is the application service for all PA schools and can be filled out online at www.caspaonline.org. This is a lengthy application and should be filled out before the beginning of the senior year; it is available beginning May 1 each year.
  • All application materials are due to CASPA by November 1 of a student’s senior year. These materials include the application, official transcripts and letters of recommendation. GRE scores should be sent to individual PA programs.
  • Preliminary interviews with schools will take place in January and February.
  • By late March to early April, notification letters are sent to all applicants.
  • By June 1 all required course work must be completed.
  • Classes begin in August.

Shadowing and health care experience:

Most PA programs require a large number of hours of health care experience. Some programs require a year of full-time work experience, others a given number of hours (500-700 is common). Often these hours do not include shadowing or volunteer hours. This experience is very important to admission into PA programs. It should begin as soon as possible in high school or undergraduate studies. Investigate the specific requirements of individual PA programs for details.

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