Physician Assistants provide healthcare services under the supervision of physicians. They should not be confused with medical assistants, who perform routine clinical and clerical tasks. Physician Assistants conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive health care, assist in surgery and can write prescriptions in 47 states.They are formally trained to provide diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventive healthcare services as delegated by a physician.
Pre-Physician Assistant is considered a designation at Texas Tech University; it is not a major. Pre-Physician Assistant students take the required courses in order to apply to a Physician Assistant Program. Pre-Physician Assistant students also have the option to major in any area they choose as long as they take the prerequisite courses required to enter a Physician Assistant Program along with the courses needed to earn a degree at Texas Tech University.
Admission RequirementsCOURSE NAME Texas Tech University Texas Common Course Numbering System BIOLOGY I and LAB BIOL 1403
BIOLOGY 1406, 1106, 1306 BIOLOGY II and LAB BIOL 1404
BIOLOGY 1407, 1107, 1307 GENETICS and LAB BIOL 3416
MICROBIOLOGY and LAB MBIO 3401
HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY I and LAB ZOOL 2403
BIOLOGY 2401, 2101, 2301 HUMAN ANATOMY AND PHYSIOLOGY II and LAB ZOOL 2404
BIOLOGY 2402, 2102, 2302 CHEMISTRY I and LAB CHEM 1307/1107
CHEMISTRY 1411, 1311, 1111
CHEMISTRY II and LAB CHEM 1308/1108 CHEMISTRY 1414, 1412, 1312, 1112 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY I and LAB CHEM 3305/3105 ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II and LAB CHEM 3306/3106 INDIVIDUAL AND GROUP BEHAVIOR 9 HOURS OF ANTHROPOLOGY/PSYCHOLOGY/SOCIOLOGY/HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND RELATED COURSES HUMAN NUTRITION NS 1325 or NS 1410 BIOLOGY 1322, 1323; HECO 1322 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY NS 4220
- Bachelor's Degree
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
- Minimum 40 hours of PA shadowing with at least 20 hours in primary care/family medicine
- MInimum 40 hours of community service
- The required science courses must be completed within the previous 7 years of application.
*- While it is highly encouraged to take science courses in class, online courses will NOT be rejected.
For application and/or prerequisite information, please contact each professional program and check their websites frequently.
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