Physician Assistant Fact Sheet

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Nature of this Profession
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Physician Assistant Fact Sheet

  1. 1. Physician Assistant Fact Sheet Education Required Prerequisites • One course in introductory biology • One course in human genetics • One course in introductory chemistry • One course in introductory organic chemistry • One course in biological chemistry • One course in human anatomy (including cadaver laboratory) • One course in human physiology (including laboratory) • One course in statistics • One course in introductory psychology • One course in introductory microbiology (including laboratory) • One course in physics • One course in medical ethics • One course in clinical nutrition • One course in basic pathophysiology • One course in introductory pharmacology • One course in sociology • One course in introductory health care research • One course in medical terminology/ or Intro to HPR Is a Specific Major No specific undergraduate degree is required Required? Length of Program 32 months after undergraduate degree Degree Awarded Master in Physician Assistant Studies Does GVSU offer Yes the Program? Is an Entrance Test No Required? Accepted Applicant Profile - Accepted Applicant Profile - GVSU National Minimum GPA 3.0 GPA in the last 60 hours Required 3.0 GPA in pre-requisite coursework. Accepted Test N/A Average Necessary 250 hours of direct patient Experience contact experience Number Applying 2006 – 92 applicants per Year Number Admitted 30 Each Year Average Accepted Overall GPA = 3.60 GPA
  2. 2. Nature of this Profession Typical Work Depends on the specialty one enters, but it typically mirrors a Schedule physician’s schedule with office time, call time, and hospital time. Responsibilities History, physical examination, diagnostic tests, and treatments including writing prescriptions. Work Environment/ Physician Assistants practice within the entire scope of the Practice Settings medical field, under the supervision of a physician. Additional Information About This Profession Current Employment 3rd Fastest Growing Profession in the United States Outlook (U.S. Dept. of Labor, 2004) Average Entering $60,000 - $65,000 depending on the specialty Salary Resources for American Academy of Physician Assistants, www.aapa.org Researching the Career Contact Person at Wallace D. Boeve, PAS Program Director, 616 331-5988 GVSU

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