PRE-PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS: PHYSICIAN'S ASSISTANT STUDIES

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PRE-PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS: PHYSICIAN'S ASSISTANT STUDIES

  1. 1. PRE-PROFESSIONAL PROGRAMS: PHYSICIAN’S ASSISTANT STUDIES Description: Physician assistants (PAs) are highly qualified health professionals prepared through a demanding academic and clinical curriculum to practice medicine supervised by licensed physicians. As members of the health- care team, PAs assume a broadly defined range of medical diagnostic and patient management functions that have traditionally been performed by physicians in both office practice settings and health institutions. Program Length: 27 Months Admission Requirements: • Undergraduate degree from an accredited institution (no specific major is required) • Complete CASPA and ECU graduate application • GRE: Verbal, Quantitative and Written are require • Successful completion of prerequisite courses • Volunteer experience is not required or preferred • Important! Check with the physician assistant program of your choice regarding specific prerequisites as some may have different requirements than those listed. *Applications are accepted for admission consideration only from citizens or permanent residents of the United States who are also residents of one of the following states: North Carolina; South Carolina; Georgia; Tennessee; and Virginia. Preference is given to residents of North Carolina. Pre-requisite Courses Hours ECU Equivalent_______________ General Chemistry with labs 8 CHEM 1150, 1151/ 1160, 1161 Human Anatomy & Physiology 8 BIOL 2140, 2141/ 2150, 2151 with labs Microbiology 3 BIOL 2110 Statistics 3 BIOS 1500, MATH 2228, 2283 or PSYC 2101 Psychology 3 Any ECU psychology course Medical Terminology 2 HIMA 3000 or ATEP 2800 Genetics 3 BIOL 2300 Prerequisites will be accepted only with a letter grade, not with a Pass/Fail. AP courses are not considered. All prerequisites must have been taken within five (5) years of application and it is recommended that anatomy and physiology be taken within 2 years. There is no advanced placement, transfer credit or experiential learning credit within the ECU PA Program. AP, CLEP, Survey Course or Self-Directed Study course credit will not be accepted for any prerequisite courses. Four times a year, P.A. faculty present ‘A Closer Look Tour’, a presentation for prospective applicants who wish to learn more about the program. A reservation is required. For dates and information about how to register, please see the PA brochure (available on-line at the PA website www.ecu.edu/pa ). Information listed above is subject to change without prior notice. Complete and current information, including the program brochure, is only available on the PA website. Program Statistics at ECU Application Window: May – October (Decisions are made on a rolling basis) Accepted students: 30 per year Applications received: 450-500 per year Average GPA of accepted students: 3.50 Average GRE of accepted students: 1137 Average GPA in prerequisites: 3.7 Online Resources ECU PA Studies Department: www.ecu.edu/pa/ NC Academy of Physician Assistants: www.ncapa.org/
  2. 2. NC Medical Board Physician Extender Coordinator: www.ncmedboard.org/

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