UMSL Pre-Health: Pre-Physician Assistant Studies
The University of Missouri - St. Louis proudly offers classes that prepare students to enter physician assistant school. While taking the required classes students should also pursue the B.A. or B.S. degree in the major of their choice. Since admission requirements can vary between medical schools, it is highly recommended that students consult the catalogs of the schools to which they intend to apply. Updated information can be found in the Online Physician Assistant Programs Directory which can be obtained online at the Physician Assistant Education Association website. Students are also encouraged to meet regularly with the pre-health advisor to ensure they are meeting requirements.
In addition to taking required classes, students must seek out at least 500 hours of direct patient care ideally while working where a certification is required (e.g, EMT, CNA, Patient Care Tech, etc.). Students should look into minimum hour requirements at schools where they are interested.
Students may also be required to sit a national entrance exam such as the GRE during their junior year. Practice tests are regularly offered on campus by third-party test prep organizations.
Each year, the number of applicants exceeds the number of available places. Students are encouraged to have alternative plans should they not gain entrance. For further information contact the Office of Undergraduate Student Affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences, 303 Lucas Hall, 314-516-5501.