With the increasing demand for PAs and outlook for PAs more promising than ever, many undergraduate students interested in healthcare are turning to the PA profession. Perhaps you’re thinking about becoming a physician assistant. If so, here is a brief overview of how to become a Physician Assistant (PA)
Phase 1: Undergraduate Studies
Physician Assistant Requirements
Applying to Grad (PA) School
Most PA schools use CASPA (The Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants) to apply to their programs. The majority of Physician Assistant programs require that candidates take the GRE and have some healthcare experience, though the amount of experience required varies. You will also need to submit letters of recommendation and a personal statement describing why you want to become a PA.
Acing the PA School Interview
After your application comes the admissions interview, which is arguably the most critical component of the application process. Be sure to research the PA profession and the PA program(s) to which you are applying. Your in-depth knowledge of the profession and their program shows the admissions committee two things: 1) you are passionate about becoming a Physician assistant, and 2) why you have chosen their Physician assistant program to achieve your goals.