Pre-Physician’s Assistant

Preparing you for admission into any physician’s assistant program

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About The Program
College of Arts and Sciences

Pre-Physician’s Assistant

As a physician’s assistant, you’ll make a difference in your patients’ lives every single day, guiding them toward health and wellness. While this program isn’t a major, at Northern, we’ll match you with a degree program and the necessary?coursework required?to?prepare you for admission into a physician’s assistant program.


Wondering if this program is for you? 

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Have strong communication skills
  • Are interested in science and how the body works
  • Care deeply about people, their problems and pain
  • Enjoy helping people
  • Are detail-oriented
  • Have strong decision-making and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrate integrity and compassion



Besides working as a physician’s assistant, completion of the PA program could also set you on a career path toward other medical positions, including:

  • Nurse practitioner
  • General physician



At Northern, we believe getting you out of the classroom and into a real-world workplace setting is a critical part of your education. You'll have several opportunities for internships and other forms of experiential learning throughout your time at Northern. Learn more!


The NSU?WolfPACT?is the highest guaranteed, four-year scholarship in the region. But that isn't the only scholarship available at Northern. Click here to learn about other scholarship opportunities!

Program Success/Outcomes 
  • Medical (MD) / Physician’s Assistant (PA) graduate school acceptance rate is 82 percent.

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Suggested Majors and Minors 

Students in our pre-physician’s assistant program often major in:

And they often minor in:

Study Abroad 

Experience the world while earning your degree through NSU Study Abroad! With hundreds of opportunities available around the globe, Northern can make your study abroad dream become a reality.?Learn more!

Undergraduate Research 

At Northern, you'll have the chance to conduct cutting-edge research that can have real-world impacts -?while still an undergraduate student. Now with our brand new, state-of-the-art?Jewett Regional Science Education Center, the sky is truly the limit.?Learn more!

Contact Information 

Ready to take the next step? Contact us today:


Pre-Physician's Assistant?Faculty Advisor:?Dr. George Nora,?605-626-2471 or?

Want to learn more about living and learning at Northern? Contact NSU Admissions today 605-626-2544 or!

Still unsure of a major? We can help! Contact NSU Career Services at 605-626-3007 or

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