Physician Assistant

Physician Assistants earn Master’s degrees by completing approximately 2.5 years of education and training in an accredited graduate program. New programs are being developed at Marshall University’s School of Medicine and West Virginia University. There are currently physician assistant programs in West Virginia at Alderson Broaddus University, West Liberty University, and University of Charleston.

See the Occupational Outlook Handbook: Physician Assistant. Also, see the American Academy of Physician Assistants


Admission requirements vary among institutions. Generally, the programs require a Bachelor’s degree, experience working or shadowing in healthcare settings, and prerequisite coursework in the following areas:

  • Biology with Lab (BSC 120/121)
  • Microbiology with Lab (BSC 302/304)
  • Cooperative Vertebrate or Human Anatomy (BSC 310 or BSC 227)
  • Animal or Human Physiology (BSC 422 or BSC 228)
  • Chemistry with Lab (CHM 211/217, CHM 212/218)
  • Organic Chemistry with Lab (CHM 355, CHM 356, CHM 361)
  • Physics with Lab (PHY 201/202, PHY 203/204)
  • English Composition (ENG 101, ENG 201)
  • Social and/or Behavioral Science (PHY, SOC, ANT, HST, GEO, PSC)

Professional Exam

Generally, the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required but the entrance exam requirement may vary among institutions. For the most current information, review the GRE web site.