Physician assistant programs are at the masters level whereas the other health care professional programs are at the doctorate level. Physician assistants work under the supervision of a physician. They can write some prescriptions, diagnose, and treat patients. Frequently they work in family practice clinics. But, they may not build a practice on their own beyond the supervision of a physician. Generally, 60 hours are required for admission but some programs are now requiring that applicants have completed a bachelor's degree.
The courses listed below are general suggestions. Check the professional school of your choice to see specific admission requirements.
Generally, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required but the entrance exam requirement may vary among institutions.
The GRE is a three hour computer-based general test is composed of verbal reasoning (30 minutes consisting of 30 questions), quantitative reasoning (45 minutes consisting of 28 questions), and analytical writing sections. The analytical writing section is always first and is split between an issue task and argument task. For the issue task, two topics will be presented and you will choose one. The argument task does not present a choice of topics; instead, one topic will be presented. In addition, one unidentified un-scored section may be included, and this section can appear in any position in the test after the analytical writing section. Questions in the un-scored section are being tested for possible use in future tests, and answers will not count toward your scores. The verbal and quantitative sections may appear in any order. Treat each section presented during your test as if it counts.
The approximate cost is $140.00. Additional fees such as late registration, change of testing site, or rescheduling fees can be included in the total cost.
Three scores are reported on the General Test:
Official scores will be sent to you and the professional schools you designated within 10 to 15 days after you take the test. Any section in which you answer no questions at all will be reported as a no score (NS).
For the most current information, review the GRE web site.