Health Sciences Career Tracks

Pre-Physician Assistant Career Track


While pursuing a bachelor's degree at Tennessee Tech, physician assistant career track students will also incorporate pre-requisite courses required by physician assistant schools. Graduate professional schools accept many majors, so students are encouraged to explore a major according to their interests and strengths.

Acceptance into physician assistant school is highly competitive. Our advisors assist students in navigating the academic, extra-curricular and healthcare criteria required for a strong application to graduate professional school. 

Pre-Physician Assistant Suggested Career Track Coursework

Preparing for the Graduate Records Exam (GRE):
Professional Websites:
PA Schools in Tennessee:


What is a Physician Assistant?

According to the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), a Physician Assistant is a medical professional who works as part of a team with a doctor.

What can a Physician Assistant do?

  • Write prescriptions
  • Assist in surgery
  • Conduct physical examinations
  • Diagnose and treat illnesses, symptoms, and much more

What is the primary difference between a Physician Assistant and a Nurse Practitioner?

The role a PA plays versus a NP is different based on the education each receives.

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