Why Study Pre-Physician Assistant?

If you want to help people and practice healthcare as part of a team, consider studying to be a Physician Assistant. In USF’s Pre-Physician Assistant program, you’ll learn the thinking, collaboration, and communication skills you’ll need to be a successful Physician Assistant.

As you study, your USF professors will get to know you, and provide personalized support. The individual attention means they’re helping you where you need help most. Our alumni get noticed by employers. Also, it doesn’t hurt that USF offers an internationally-recognized Physician Assistant program.

But, is it right for me?

We asked our professors and they said pre-physician assistants:

  • Work well with people. Being a good Physician Assistant takes more than memorizing human anatomy flashcards.
  • Are problem-solvers. You’ll have to work as part of a team to diagnose and treat complicated medical problems.
  • Are emotionally stable. Your patients will rely on you during emotionally-turbulent experiences.

Skills You'll Obtain

Examine patients and their medical histories

Diagnose and treat patient injury or illness

Assist in surgery

After Graduation

Your graduate-level clinical rotation will help you learn the career path that best suits you Physician Assistants can work in a variety of medical settings that includes performing in an emergency room, practicing family, inpatient, and internal medicine, and helping with surgery.

Types of careers you may have after you graduate include:

  • Chiropractor
  • Conservation Biologist
  • Dentist
  • Medical Doctor
  • Optometrist
  • Professor
  • Scientific Patent Lawyer
  • Veterinarian