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Physician Assistant

According to MONEY magazine (2010), physician assistant is one of the Top 5 Best Jobs in America. Physician assistants (PAs) provide healthcare services under the supervision of physicians. PAs are formally trained to provide diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventive healthcare services, as delegated by a physician. Working as members of the healthcare team, they take medical histories, examine and treat patients, order and interpret laboratory tests and X-rays, make diagnoses, and prescribe medications. They also treat minor injuries by suturing, splinting, and casting. PA’s record notes, instruct and counsel patients, and order or carry out therapy.

PAs may be the principal care providers in rural or inner city clinics, where a physician is present for only 1 or 2 days each week. In such cases, the PA confers with the supervising physician and other medical professionals as needed or as required by law. PAs also may make house calls or go to hospitals and nursing homes to check on patients and report back to the physician. They are trained to function in a variety of settings such as private offices, clinics, hospitals, emergency departments, health maintenance organizations, neighborhood health centers, armed services, and federal and state agencies. (explorehealthcareers.com)

Curriculum (pdf)
Advisor: Kaela Urquhart


Kaela Urquhart

Kaela joined the K-State Pre-Health Advising staff in February of 2016 after serving in a Student Success Capacity for three and a half years at the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, KS. She is returning to her alma mater as she holds two degrees from Kansas State University. In 2010 she earned a B.S. in Secondary Education with an emphasis in English, and continued on for her M.S. in Academic Advising, earned in 2012. She is an avid sports fan with her college team, of course being K-State, her MLB team being the Royals and her NFL team being the Cincinnati Bengals.

She has always enjoyed being strongly rooted in student support services and is excited to be a part of the Pre-Health team. She is here to help with advising support and preparation for applying and entering professional schools, and to be a positive resource for your success as a Wildcat.

Email: kaelaurquhart@ksu.edu
Phone: 532-6904
Office: 107 Calvin Hall

Eligibility Criteria & Application Information 

Students must obtain a bachelor’s degree prior to admission to a Physician Assistant program. Pre-Physician Assistant is not a major. There is no preferred major, so consider a major in something you are interested and excited about. In addition to completing a bachelor’s degree, students must complete the core courses required by the pre-Physician Assistant program and score competitively on the GRE. Strong applicants also shadow physician assistants in a variety of settings.

Early and regular consultation with the Pre-Physician Assistant advisor is recommended.

Relevant Tests

The GRE revised General Test measures your verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking and analytical writing skills — below is a brief description of each of the content areas:

  • Verbal Reasoning – measures your ability to analyze and evaluate written material and synthesize information obtained from it, analyze relationships among component parts of sentences and recognize relationships among words.
  • Quantitative Reasoning – measures problem-solving ability, focusing on basic concepts of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and data analysis.
  • Analytical Writing – measures critical thinking and analytical writing skills, specifically your ability to articulate and support complex ideas clearly and effectively.

For more information about the GRE, visit their website: www.ets.org/gre

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