- A Physician Assistant (PA) is a licensed health professional who works under the supervision of a physician. The physician assistant reduces the physician's workload by taking over duties traditionally reserved for physicians and as delegated by the physician, including:
- Taking health histories
- Physical examinations
- Treatment planning
- Ordering therapeutic procedures
- Patient counseling
- Assisting in surgery
- Assisting physicians in health care institutions and patient homes
- Prescribing medications
- Undergraduate students can earn their baccalaureate degree from St. Scholastica and apply for admission into the 28-month physician assistant master’s program.
- The physician assistant program advances St. Scholastica’s commitment to the health care needs of rural areas in Minnesota and surrounding states.
- Undergraduate students who follow the pre-physician assistant undergraduate program will meet all prerequisites for the physician assistant master’s program (please note that meeting the prerequisites does not guarantee acceptance into the master’s program).
The first half of the Master's program is course work, with the second half consisting of clinical rotations.
According to the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, Minnesota is ranked third among states with the highest occupational demand for physician assistants, producing occupational vacancies at the rate of 80 new jobs per year. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that employment for PAs will grow by 39 percent between 2008 and 2018.