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For a Physician's Assistant would having a biology degree allow you to have the best chance of getting into PA school and get you prepared for that career or would a degree in something more healthcare centered be more ideal?

I am a senior in high school and I will be going to college next year on a basketball scholarship. I have been guided towards the biology route because counselors have told me that would help me get into PA school. I am just nervous about deciding I don't want to go to graduate school and having a biology degree and not knowing what I can do with that. #biology #healthcare #graduate-school #physician #physicians-assistant


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Tia’s Answer

I encourage you to pick a major that you're really interested in learning. When I was in college, I started as a biology major and planned to go to medical school. Within two semesters, I knew biology wasn't the right fit and changed my major to public policy/health administration. Since college, I've been very successful as a healthcare administrator.

I suggest holding off on declaring a major your first year, focus on adjusting to college, and doing well in the general studies classes you'll have. Explore the requirements for PA school and add 1 or 2 courses to your schedule that would help you "get in" (e.g., anatomy, biology). See if you like the classes and the material. If not, that's ok, you can find other areas that interest you more.

Hope this helps. Good luck!

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Rachel’s Answer

Major in whatever field interests you and will allow you to maintain an excellent GPA. I majored in Spanish literature and had no trouble with my med school applications. You do need to complete the pre-PA school requirements that vary from school to school. With a solid GPA and good recommendations, you should be a competitive applicant.

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Richard’s Answer

Pick a college that suits your personality and a major that interests you. You will need to get good grades in college in order to apply for PA school.

Also leave plenty of time in your schedule to spend as much time shadowing a PA as possible.

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Danni’s Answer

Biology works! It's the right fit! Especially if you decide you may want to be a physician later on. Good luck!


I encourage you to pick a major that you're really interested in learning. When I was in college, I started as a biology major and planned to go to medical school. Within two semesters, I knew biology wasn't the right fit and changed my major to public policy/health administration. Since college, I've been very successful as a healthcare administrator. I suggest holding off on declaring a major your first year, focus on adjusting to college, and doing well in the general studies classes you'll have. Explore the requirements for PA school and add 1 or 2 courses to your schedule that would help you "get in" (e.g., anatomy, biology). See if you like the classes and the material. If not, that's ok, you can find other areas that interest you more. Hope this helps. Good luck! Tia Jefferson

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