A physician assistant (PA) is a medical professional. Under a doctor’s supervision, and within the scope of the regulations of each state where the PA is licensed, a licensed PA may perform physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, assist in surgery, order and interpret lab tests, provide patient education, and prescribe drugs. Most PAs are found in primary care settings, especially family medicine, internal medicine, Ob/Gyn, and pediatrics, but there are also options to specialize in a variety of medical specialties such as orthopedics, cardiology, dermatology, radiology, surgery, and emergency medicine. The PA profession is rapidly growing as demand steadily increases and interest in the profession expands.
There are currently 12 fully or provisionally accredited PA programs in North Carolina :
- Campbell University
- East Carolina University
- Elon University
- Gardner-Webb University
- High Point University
- Methodist University
- Pfeiffer University
- South College at Asheville
- UNC at Chapel Hill
- Wake Forest University
- Wingate University
UNC Charlotte does not offer a professional-level PA program.
Recommended Core Courses
The following classes are recommended for completion of the basic pre-physician assistant core at UNC Charlotte. The classes are recommended to cover the minimum basic requirements at the majority of physician assistant programs.
|General Biology with labs||BIOL 2120+2130|
|Human Anatomy & Physiology with labs||BIOL 2273+2274||Most programs accept EXER 2168+2169.|
|Microbiology with lab||BIOL 4250||Many programs accept BIOL 2259.|
|General Chemistry with lab||CHEM 1251+1252|
|Organic Chemistry with lab||CHEM 2131|
|Biochemistry||CHEM 3165 or CHEM 4165|
|Statistics||STAT 1220 or 1221 or 1222|
|Psychology||PSYC 1101||Some programs require 2 psychology courses.|
|Medical Terminology||EXER 2299|
Each physician assistant program establishes their specific prerequisites, and there is a lot of variation program-to-program; always check the websites of the programs that you want to attend.