Physician Assistant Major
WHY COME TO MARQUETTE FOR the Physician Assistant major? As a freshman, you’ll be admitted directly into the biomedical sciences major as a pre-PA and have the opportunity to graduate with both a bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences and, if accepted into the program, a master’s in physician assistant studies in as little as five years. Marquette also offers a postgraduate emergency medicine fellowship for PAs, one of only a handful of such programs in the country.
Marquette's physician assistant majors:
- Scored in the top 2 percent of the nation on the national board exam
- Have a 100-percent job placement rate
- Study in the 42nd-ranked PA program in the country
BE PREPARED TO WORK ANYWHERE. You’ll learn in the heart of the city, and you’ll be prepared to work in metropolitan hospitals and clinics as well as in rural areas. Marquette has teaching affiliations with all of the major health care systems in the metro-Milwaukee area, and a broad range of clinical internship options.
Students in the physician assistant major encounter rigorous health science instruction in the biomedical sciences as well as clinical instruction in clinical medicine, emergency medicine and surgery.
During your final year of study, you’ll work full time with practicing physician assistants and physicians during your clinical internship rotations in pediatrics, family practice, internal medicine, surgery and emergency medicine. And you can choose to add specialty rotations to customize your degree in areas such as orthopedics, surgical subspecialties or internal medicine subspecialties.
WHY PURSUE A CAREER AS A PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT? There are excellent career opportunities in most areas of medicine and surgery. Physician Assistant is considered to be one of the fastest-growing professions in the United States. The income potential is excellent.
Be able to work in a variety of medical settings, with a broad range of skills and responsibilities including diagnosing and treating illnesses, prescribing medications, and teaching patients how to improve their health.
You might like the physician assistant major if you:
- Excel in science, especially human sciences
- Enjoy working with people
- Are an excellent communicator
What can you do with a major in physician assistant studies?
All of our physician assistant majors are fully employed — almost all in full-time clinical roles — within weeks of graduation throughout the country at an average annual salary of $78,000. Some of our graduates can be found on special teams for bone marrow transplants, emergency medicine and pediatric heart surgery, among other areas. Learn more about what you can do with a major in physician assistant studies.
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Suggested curriculum for a physician assistant major
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Completed during first three years
- YEAR ONE
- Rhetoric and Composition I & II
- General Biology I & II
- General Psychology
- History Elective
- Diverse Cultures/Histories of
- Cultures and Societies Elective
- Introduction to Theology
- General Chemistry I & II
- YEAR TWO
- Human Microanatomy
- Literature/Performing Arts Elective
- Philosophy of Human Nature
- Theology Elective
- Theory of Ethics
- Health and Society Elective
- Organic Chemistry I & II
- YEAR THREE
- General Pathology
- Human Gross Anatomy
- Human Physiology
- Microbiology Lab
- Molecular Pathology
- Functional Neuroanatomy
- Nutritional Aspects of Health
- Ethics and Diversity in Healthcare
- Applied Ethics for the Health Sciences
- Diagnostics Technology
- Evidence-based Medicine
- Introduction to Medical History and Physical Examination
- Professional Issues
- Introduction to Clinical Medicine
- YEAR FOUR
- Primary Medicine I & II
- Health Care Systems
- Clinical Decision Making I & II
- Emergency Medicine I
- Interpersonal Aspects of Patient Care
- Pediatrics I
- Surgical Principles and Procedures
- Women's Health
- Geriatric Medicine
- Clinical Pharmacology
- Clinical Procedures
- Practice Management and Health Care Systems
- (a bachelor of science degree with a major in biomedical sciences is awarded after this year)
- YEAR FIVE
- Master's Capstone Project
- THREE EIGHT-WEEK CLERKSHIPS
- Clinical Family Practice
- Clinical Internal Medicine
- Clinical Emergency Medicine
- TWO FOUR-WEEK CLERKSHIP
- Clinical Pediatrics
- Clinical General Surgery
- THREE ELECTIVE FOUR-WEEK CLERKSHIPS