Pre-physician Assistant/Physician Assistant

Why study in the pre-physician assistant program at CMU?

The pre-physician assistant pre-professional prepares students for entrance into Central Michigan University's nationally recognized physician assistant program or for study in other professional schools. Consider some key features of this program:

  • Practical learning and research opportunities in advanced clinical facilities, laboratories, and classrooms equipped with some of the latest technology and equipment
  • Outstanding academic history: CMU's physician assistant class posted the best score in the nation on the first-year standardized Physician Assistant Clinical Knowledge Rating Assessment Tool Exam, scoring 17 percent higher than the national average
  • A specific advisor to guide and help students in selecting an undergraduate major and course work
  • Professional development through on-campus organizations such as the Pre-PA Club

Career outlook

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, for all occupations through the year 2014:

  • Employment of physician assistants is expected to grow 27 percent or more, ranking among the fastest growing occupations.
  • Physicians and institutions are expected to employ more physician assistants to provide primary care and to assist with medical and surgical procedures.
  • Physician assistants should find a growing number of jobs in institutional settings such as hospitals, academic medical centers, public clinics, and prisons.

Career options

Graduates of the pre-physician assistant program and a related major at CMU will be well-prepared for graduate or professional study and will find career opportunities in a variety of settings. Some of these areas may require additional education.

  • Geriatric facilities
  • Hospitals and Managed Care Facilities
  • Private Clinics
  • Public Schools
  • Rehabilitation Centers
  • Research Centers
  • Sports Medicine Clinics
  • University-based Physician Assistant Education
  • Urgent Care Medical Centers



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