The Pre-Physician Assistant program of study at ETSU prepares students for application to a two-year Physician Assistant master’s degree program. Completion of a bachelor’s degree is required for acceptance to a physician assistant program.
Careers as a Physicians Assistant
Physician assistants, also known as PAs, practice medicine under the direction and supervision of physicians and surgeons. They are formally trained to examine patients, diagnose injuries and illnesses, and provide treatment.
Physician assistants work in all areas of medicine, including primary care and family medicine, emergency medicine, and psychiatry. The work of a physician assistant is largely determined by their specialties and the needs of their supervising physicians.
What does it take to get into a Physician assistant program?
GPA - 3.50
Average overall undergraduate GPA among students who matriculated in 2015-2016
Science GPA - 3.40
Average undergraduate science GPA
Average GRE Score
Quantitative: 154.1 | Verbal: 154.3 | Analytical: 4.1
Average Patient Contact
Suggested 2-year schedule for Pre-Physician Assistant Students
Freshman Sophmore FALL
CHEM 1110/11, BIOL 1110/11, MATH 1530, ENGL 1010, PREH 1350
CHEM 2010/11, HSCI 3000, SPCH ELECTIVE, PSYC ELECTIVE, COBH 2750
CHEM 1120/21, BIOL 1120/21, ENGL 1020, MATH 1720/1910, ELECTIVE
HSCI 3020, CHEM 2020/21, MATH ELECTIVE, ELECTIVE, ELECTIVE
Core preparation classes
Biology (8 hours): BIOL 1110/11, BIOL 1120/21
General Chemistry (8 hours): CHEM 1110/11, CHEM 1120/21
Organic Chemistry (10 hours): CHEM 2010/11, CHEM 2020/21
Biochemistry (Hours vary): Consult with your Pre-Physician Assistant counselor
Microbiology (4 hours): HSCI 3320/21
English (6 hours): ENGL 1010, 1020
Communication (3 hours): SPCH 1300, 2300 or 2320
Psychology (6 hours): PSYC 1310, PSYC Elective
Medical Terminology (3 hours): COBH 2750
General Genetics (5 hours): BIOL 3100/41
Probability and Statistics (3 hours): MATH 1530
Additional recomended courses
Calculus (8 hours): MATH 1910, 1920
Nutrition (3 hours): NTFD 2420
Immunology (3 hours): HSCI 3540
First Aid and Emergency Care* (3 hours): COBH 2030
*Some PA programs require students to be American Heart Association BLS certified before applying to their academic program. COBH 2030 First Aid and Emergency Care allows students to gain American Heart Association certification for CPR/BLS in a classroom setting. However, applicants may obtain certification individually through other American Heart Association certification programs.