USF’s Pre-Physician Assistant Studies program will prepare you for graduate school and a subsequent career as a Physician Assistant. Structured to maximize your success, our program delivers:
We offer 1 degree with 2 entry options. Whether you come in through the Traditional or Dual Accept track, you’ll be in the same high-quality Pre-PA program.
In the Traditional Track, students complete their undergraduate degree and then apply for graduate PA master’s programs during the regular CASPA cycle.
In the Dual Accept Track, students move directly into USF’s Physician Assistant Studies Master of Science program.
Either way, you’ll benefit from having Pre-PA Program Director Dr. Mike Bechill serve as your academic advisor. He’s guided students to graduate programs throughout the country.
You’ll be taught by experts in the field and will emerge as a competent and compassionate medical professional.
You’ll learn in USF’s Professional On-Campus Labs and will get experience not typically available to undergraduates, including:
Our flexible undergraduate curriculum can be tailored to fit your needs. Whether you enter as a freshman or a transfer student, we’ll work with you to accommodate your point of entry and keep you on track!
You’ll graduate with real medical experience, including:
Plus, opportunities for service and travel like our annual medical mission trip to Haiti.
The faculty have helped me in so many ways: at different times, they’ve kept me focused, built my confidence, and offered advice. The professors are one of the reasons we have such a strong community where we all support each other.
Brittany Kuhlenbeck ’18
Pre-Physician Assistant Studies major
of our students are accepted into graduate PA programs
Expected job growth for PAs by 2026 - much faster than average
Median pay per year
Michael Bechill, Ph.D.
260-399-7700, ext. 8208