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Pre-Physician Assistant, Pre-Bachelor

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University rank #121 (QS) Los Angeles, CA, United States
Physician assistants (PAs) are licensed health professionals who practice medicine with physician supervision as members of a medical team. The exact responsibilities of a PA depends upon the type of medical setting in which they work, the understanding they have with their supervising physicians, their level of experience, and the laws of their state.
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Physician assistants can develop treatment plans, perform physical exams, order and interpret laboratory tests, diagnose and treat illnesses, counsel patients on preventative health care, assist in surgery, and write prescriptions.

Physician assistants are educated as generalists in medicine, and their education and credentialing are based on a primary care foundation, which gives them the flexibility to be employed in all areas of medicine. 

PA’s practice in family medicine, pediatrics, and obstetrics and gynecology, as well as in any specialty fields such as cardiovascular surgery, orthopedics, and emergency medicine. PA’s must have a license and a supervising physician before they can practice.

Most physician assistant programs award a Master’s degree and the average length is about 27 months. PA’s are required to complete more than 400 hours in basic sciences, 75 hours in pharmacology, 175 hours in behavioral sciences and nearly 580 hours of clinical medicine. 

They also need to complete 2,000 hours of clinical rotations with an emphasis on primary care in ambulatory clinics, physician’s offices and acute/long-term care facilities. All states require that PA’s graduate from an accredited PA program and are required to pass the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination (PANCE) certified by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA).

Detailed Programme Facts

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  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Biology
  • Mathematics
  • Microbiology & Physiology
  • Genetics
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Humanities/Social Science

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

Submit Primary Application

  • Identifying Information
  • Schools Attended
  • Biographic Information
  • Course Work
  • Work/Activities
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Medical Schools
  • Personal Statement
  • Standardized Tests

Supplemetal (Secondary) Applications

  • Additional biographic information
  • Short answer statements and essays
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Application fees

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Tuition Fee

Living costs for Los Angeles

  • 1520 - 2570 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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