How To Become A Physician Assistant

>> I was your typical
high school student that really didn’t know
what they wanted to do. Senior year rolled around
and it was like, man, I better figure something out. College is approaching quickly. I knew that I wanted to work
in the healthcare field. You know, I just really
liked working with people. >> Hello, Mark! How’s it going? >> I’m Matt, I’m a PA
student that’s working here at the urgicenter. Is it okay if I talk with
you for a little bit? >> Yes. >> Okay, sounds good. >> I’ve always been someone that
likes building relationships and connecting with people,
and working as a PA I have that privilege and
the honor of working with people on a daily basis. I get to build relationships, establish rapport,
things like that. With what I had done
through my research about physician assistants,
it certainly seemed like it would be a good choice. It’s a rapidly growing
field, it’s a field where you can make a decent
salary, a decent living, and it just really — it
just feels right for me. Also, you know, with being a
PA, you’re always challenged. Science and medicine, it’s
a very challenging field. There’s a ton of
information out there, and I feel that that’s important to challenge yourself
on a daily basis. A lot of people don’t
actually know what a PA is. It’s actually a healthcare
provider that has a lot of responsibility and is able
to do a lot in medical field, and they practice
medicine under the guidance of a supervising physician. >> I was talking to a
9-year-old named Zachia She came in, she’s
complaining of some left eye, sort of itching, pink eye. It’s been going on for two– >> The program itself requires
two years of prerequisite work. Then you have to
get a certain amount of medical exposure hours. So those would be the first
two years, is just getting all that prerequisite stuff done,
and getting your interview, getting accepted
into the program. Once you’re in the program
you have the junior year, which consists of just a
lot of in-class work as well as lab work and working
the cadaver lab. It’s three semesters, high
credit loads and long hours and a lot of studying, but
it’s certainly worth it. You learn a lot during
that junior year, which certainly helps you in your senior year during
your clinical rotations. It’s important to sort of integrate what you
see clinically as well as with the book work,
because what you do in the book isn’t necessarily
what you’re going to be doing in the clinic, and
it’s important to sort of make those connections. >> It’s in the back
of your knee? Like– >> It feels like
a Charley horse. >> The senior year is
nine clinical rotations. You have family practice,
pediatrics, internal medicine, OB/GYN, and psychiatry,
surgery, emergency medicine. primary care, and you also
get to choose an elective. You can choose a
specialty that you like and go spend a month there, see if that’s what you actually
like, if you’re not interested in one of the other areas. I’m very grateful
for the education that Penn College
has provided for me. They have given me a very
strong foundation in medicine, and it’s something
that I’m going to have for the rest of my life. I’m going to be taking care
of patients and the core of what I do is coming
from Penn College, and I’m forever thankful
for that.


  1. 2 years prereq's???…You must be in the only Bachelor's program left in the country…Most all PA programs require a Bachelors as a prereq, and add to that a heavy science background.

  2. There are actually approximately 16 other institutions that offer a bachelor's option, according to the Physician Assistant Education Association.

  3. PA and RN are two distinct career directions. Being employed as a PA requires passing the national boards and graduating from an ARC-PA accredited program. You'll need to check with your community college to determine if the program is accredited. Best of luck to you!

  4. PA requires more than an associates degree, its probably an RN (registered nurse) that you are thinking of. PA's are 'doctors lite' They typically have to get an Associates degree in health sciences and then 2-3 more years of school. A PA works under a physician a usually in the ER or in primary health care (Dr's office) You must be able to make your own decisions. RN is more focused on treating patients then actually diagnosing problems.

  5. Yes, I have typically seen PA's have a BS in health science and then 2-3 years of PA school. I don't think I'd want a 203 year PA working on me, that's not enough time to become a clinician. I've been a paramedic for 9 years and I'm still learning, kinda scary they are putting folks out there as clinicians after just a few years.

  6. Sure. Go to the Physician Assistant Education Association website and search the directory of PA programs throughout the United States.

  7. wow that was the old Urgicenter room in the old ER at Williamsport Regional Medical Center, before they did the MAJOR renovations and etc… i miss that place…i'm a former intern there as well…god bless Matt he's so young, that's amazing…i hope´╗┐ to have my white coat one day

  8. Peace be to you all! I have been working as a medically licensed Physician Assistant in Washington, DC for the past 15 years. I really enjoy my job! You have to study almost EVERYDAY to make yourself more valuable! Please consider subscribing to my YouTube channel! Peace! Omar " Dr.O the PA Pro " Abdul-Malik DHEd, MPAS, PA-C

  9. Am I correct on this? Get a associates degree on nursing, then get a bachelor's degree in nursing. After doing so, can I apply for PA school ? Or is there a different route. Also can you tell me what to do in way for me to become a PA right after high school. I watched your video yet I still have the question .

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