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what degrees do you need to be a PA?

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Dominique’s Answer

Hi Karoline,

Great question!

Just like Richard and Alycia said, any bachelor degree will suffice to apply to be a PA. A few good classes to keep in mind to help with the job are ones that have a Microsoft Office training (intermediate/expert), typing courses, and note taking methods.

I hope this is helpful and good luck :).
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Richard’s Answer

In the US, to apply to PA school, you need a bachelor's degree. Any 4-year university should suffice.

Pick a major that interests you so you don't mind devoting a majority of your hours to studying. You will need to get good grades in college in order to apply for PA school.

Aside from this, any major is acceptable as long as you complete the prerequisite courses.
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Alycia’s Answer

Hey Karoline!

All you need to apply for a PA program is a Bachelors degree and you're good to go! What's great about PA school is that admission councils won't discriminate what major you choose during your undergrad years; as long as you complete their prerequisite courses with a C or better and meet admission requirements, you are good to go!

I recommend choosing a major which degree requirements aligns with the prerequisite courses you have to take for your prospective PA program, so that you can get them over with and forego a gap year. That is why if you look at any PA program statistics, most PA students accepted to the program their first time around have Biology degrees. That being said, I highly recommend you do your research and find out if the classes pertaining to the major you are choosing are enjoyable to you in the first place.

Some PA students will have a Masters degree behind their belt; they're most likely changing careers to start a new in a PA profession. While they may have the upper hand in terms of experience, a masters degree is definitely not necessary (most PA programs now a days are masters degrees themselves).

Good luck!
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