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Physician assistant (PA) programs look for students who have a desire to study, work hard, and be of service to their community.  Most PA programs require applicants to have previous health care experience with direct patient contact.  The typical PA student already has a bachelor's degree and approximately three years of health care experience.  Applicants may have worked as a RN or CNA, athletic trainer, dietician or EMT prior to PA school. The master’s degree is now the terminal degree conferred by almost all PA programs (92%), and PA programs that do not currently confer a master’s degree are required to transition to a graduate degree by 2020.1  All five PA Programs in WI confer a master’s degree upon graduation.

References:

1. Physician Assistant Education Association 28th Annual Report

Related Resources:

Wisconsin’s PA Programs