Adviser: Randy Bishop
Physician assistants are trained to perform many of the essential tasks involved in patient care. They take medical histories, perform physical evaluations, order laboratory tests, make preliminary diagnoses, prescribe appropriate treatments, and recommend medications and drug therapies. They also treat minor problems such as lacerations, abrasions, and burns. Physician assistants work in a variety of practice settings and specialty areas. The most important practice setting is in a physician’s office. They also work at hospitals and clinics. Specialties using PA’s are family practice, internal medicine, general and thoracic surgery, emergency medicine, pediatrics, and various medical sub-specialties.
The entrance requirements to physician assistant clinical programs vary considerably from school to school. Prerequisite course requirements vary, but generally require a science undergraduate baccalaureate degree. Prior patient care requirements also range from being recommended through two years of direct clinical work experience.
SDA programs offering the Physician Assistant degree are:
Kettering College of Medical Arts—http://www.kcma.edu
Loma Linda University— http://www.llu.edu
Union College— http://www.ucollege.edu/pa
Students may obtain information on these programs by contacting the schools directly, or from the Southern Adventist University pre-PA adviser. A complete list of PA programs can be found on the American Academy of Physician Assistants website at http://aapa.org. Southern Adventist University can structure a course of study to meet the requirements of any clinical program to which a student wishes to apply. Students are advised to begin early in their academic studies to gather information on prospective PA schools and the prerequisite course work required.