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Pre-Physician Assistant 


Are you a team player with a passion for contributing to the health and wellness of your patients? Do you enjoy working in a fast-paced environment and interacting with other health care professionals? You can start preparing right now for a career as a physician assistant (PA).

You'll get a competitive edge on professional school when you enroll in Edinboro's rigorous pre-PA program.



PAs Are in High Demand.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the occupation of physician assistant will grow 37% in the next 10 years. The median salary for a physician assistant is more than $100,000 per year.

Why Edinboro Stands Out.

Our Pre-Physician Assistant concentration gives you a competitive edge when the time comes to apply to professional PA programs. Here's why:

  • Our rigorous curriculum is specific to your career path, with an emphasis on the sciences.
  • Coursework in specialty areas such as Clinical Microbiology and Nutrition prepare you to meet the high standards required by well-known PA programs in the area.
  • Your classes are balanced with both general education and core courses that improve your critical thinking skills and ethical decision-making, which makes you a desirable candidate for PA school.

Balance these classes with general education and core courses that improve your critical thinking skills and ethical decision-making and you'll be a qualified candidate for PA school.

Small classes taught by faculty members with a wide array of research interests will enable you to participate fully in your education and appreciate the importance of evidence-based medicine. Faculty mentors will ensure you're equipped to do well on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and meet the requirements for the PA program that interests you.

How Edinboro Supports You.

PAs play a vital and growing role in today's health landscape. They undergo extensive medical training and must be licensed and certified before they can join a health care team. However, if you're ready for the challenge, you can start building a resume now that demonstrates your commitment to the field.

Opportunities at Edinboro include:

  • Independent research under the supervision of a faculty expert
  • Internships that allow you to earn credits and provide firsthand experience in the field
  • Capstone experience that may lead to presentations at local, regional or national meetings
  • On-campus organizations such as Tri Beta, a National Biological Honor Society, and Health Professions Club

Surround Yourself with Other Future Professionals.

Students like you who are focused and serious about careers in health care are here at Edinboro. They could be following any one of these pre-professional tracks:

Questions About This Program?

Dr. Nina Thumser
Department Chair
126C and 146 Cooper Hall
Phone: 814-732-2158

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