Interested in becoming a physician assistant? UNI is the place to start!
Physician assistants often serve as a patient's principal healthcare provider – diagnosing illnesses, developing and managing treatment plans, prescribing medications and more. At UNI, we’ll keep you on track from day one – with relevant coursework and lab experiences that prepare you for success in your PA program of choice.
It is important to keep in mind that the pre-physician assistant track is not an academic major; rather, it’s a suggested program of study that prepares students to apply to PA school upon completing their undergraduate degree.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for physician assistants is projected to grow 31 percent by 2030.
UNI biology is a member of the NAAHP (National Association of Advisors for Health Professions), allowing access to resources that benefit students studying in a health care field.
Our graduates can expect to earn a high salary when they enter the workforce, with a median annual wage for physician assistants of $121,530.
Common Pre-Physician Assistant Majors
Biology: Biomedical Major
The biology: biomedical major was designed to keep pre-PA students on track for PA programs. Students will have access to personalized advising, will complete common course requirements, and will find unique lab and undergraduate research experiences to set them apart from the crowd when applying to a PA program.
The biochemistry B.A. program is a popular choice for students interested in physician assistant programs. Students report that having the biochemistry sequence of courses with a lab helped prepare them well for a rigorous PA program after graduation.
Athletic Training & Rehabilitation Studies Major
The athletic training and rehabilitation studies major provides a strong foundation for a future in health. Here, we focus on hands-on instruction and evidence-based learning. Students in this track can conduct research, gain valuable clinical experience and explore UNI’s only human cadaver lab.