Pre-Physician Assistant

Pre-Physician Assistant at Carroll College

The Program

The average Pre-Physician Assistant (PA) program at Carroll College takes 26.5 months to complete, the first year generally composed of classroom studies and essential medical sciences like microbiology, anatomy, and physiology—followed by a year of clinical rotations in private practice and institutional settings.

Those who earn their Pre-PA major and continue their career as a physician assistant have a long-standing tradition of serving in areas of need and providing care to those who might otherwise have little or no access to quality health care. PAs work everywhere, from remote rural settings to major urban centers, in doctors’ offices, hospitals, clinics, HMOs, the armed forces, and other federal government agencies.

Why Carroll

Carroll College has 70-plus years of experience in nursing and healthcare and recently launched its “Health Sciences 2025 Initiative” to create a state-of-the-art nursing simulation lab and expand the nursing program, proving expertise for the Pre-PA programs offered. The class of 2018 had a 100% pass rate on their licensure exams (NCLEX–RN), with 100% job placement for those seeking employment.

At Carroll, our Pre-PA programs focus on building successful career paths for health professionals ready to perform a comprehensive range of medical duties in their field, from basic primary care to high-technology specialty procedures.

Over the past 15 years, Carroll College has dedicated a strong effort to expand health science education, experiencing 205% growth in enrollment, which includes pre-professional health tracks like the Pre-PA programs offered today.

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Courses and Student Learning Objectives

Students will take a curated blending of courses in math; English/writing; some specialized science courses, such as anatomy/physiology, microbiology, physics; and computer sciences. Those who complete our Pre-PA programs will be ready to:

  • Perform medical exams
  • Order laboratory tests
  • Take and record medical histories
  • Diagnose illnesses
  • Treat illnesses
  • Properly counsel patients
  • Promote wellness
  • Assist in surgery

To a earn degree with a Pre-PA major, a student must earn a grade of “C-“or better in all required courses. A lesser grade in any of these courses must be replaced before the Bachelor of Arts degree and a major in Public Health will be granted. In addition, lesser grades in any of these courses preclude taking subsequent courses for which the deficient courses are prerequisites.

Professional Educational Outcomes

The professional educational objectives of the pre-physician assistant program are to produce graduates who are:

  • Eligible to take the national certifying examination administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) in order to use the title Physician Assistant-Certified (PA-C).
  • Prepared to lead and solve in the high-demand world of advanced health professionals.

Program Highlights

More than 140 accredited Pre-PA programs are located throughout the United States. They are generally affiliated with two- and four-year colleges and university schools of medicine or allied health. Most program application deadlines fall between November and March and most programs begin between May and September. A list of PA programs can be found on the website of the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA).

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Frequently Asked Questions

Certainly. In some rural areas where physicians are in short supply, those with a Pre-PA major serve as the primary providers of health care, conferring with their supervising physicians and other medical professionals as needed and as required by law. Physician assistants (PAs)can be found in virtually every medical and surgical specialty.

The PA's responsibilities depend on the type of practice, his or her experience, the working relationship with physicians and other health care providers, and state laws. There are approximately 68,100 practicing PAs in the United States as of January 2009.

    Physician assistants (PAs) are health professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. PAs perform a comprehensive range of medical duties, from basic primary care to high-technology specialty procedures. PAs often act as first or second assistants in major surgery and provide pre-and postoperative care, opening the door to a range of career opportunities in the following areas of expertise:

    • Psychology
    • Radiology
    • Telemedicine
    • Dermatology
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