Physician Assistant (P.A.)
There are ten Physician Assistant programs offered by universities in the State of Florida. Although all physician assistant programs may not specifically require a Bachelor of Science degree it is very rare for a student to successfully apply to a physician assistant program without completing his/her undergraduate degree. Pre-Physician Assistant students must take introductory courses in Chemistry, Biology, Physics, and Mathematics, obtain a suitable score on the Medical College Admission Test or Graduate Record Examination (MCAT or GRE), and submit a competitive application including letters of reference from faculty. Application is made to these programs through Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). CASPA requires letters of reference to be submitted electronically directly to CASPA (they do not accept letters on printed media) and not all schools welcome a Committee Letter. Check the requirements at each school to which you intend to apply. Please be sure to speak to your advisor concerning the requirements and your preparation for application. You will be required to have a letter from a P.A. whom you have 'shadowed'. Another site of importance to students interested in a career as a physician assistant is that of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA).