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A physician assistant, or PA, does similar work to a doctor. They both examine patients, diagnose illness, and develop and apply treatment. A PA cannot perform surgery and works under the supervision of a doctor. A PA does not need as much schooling as a doctor does. To become a physician assistant, you’ll first need a bachelor’s degree, which you can get at Wayne State. Recommended majors include biology or chemistry. With your bachelor’s degree, you’ll be ready to enter a PA graduate program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center or another professional medical school.

Sample Program of Study

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99.8% of WSC grads are employed or in grad school

Percent of recent WSC graduates employed or in graduate school
based on the most recent graduate survey

Fast Facts

Degrees offered: This program is set up so you can earn a B.S. from WSC. Then you’ll be ready to continue with graduate work at a professional medical school. 


Suggested courses of study at WSC: Biology, Chemical Sciences, Health Sciences (Life Sciences)

Popular minors: Chemistry, Spanish


Hours required:
General education: 41
To graduate from WSC: 12


School: Natural and Social Sciences


Department: Life Sciences


Grades: C or better needed to enter medical school


Learn about UNMC’s Master of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS) program.

Pre-Physician Assistant Scholarships

In addition to having the region’s most affordable tuition, we offer thousands of dollars in scholarships every year. Learn more about scholarships and aid to help you on your path to becoming a physician assistant.

Our Focus is Results

Wayne State has the keys to your success and offers just what you need to become well prepared for the real world.

Skills

Skills Learned

  • Human anatomy and physiology
  • Evolutionary processes
  • Biological systems and structures
  • Molecular genetics
  • Microbiology
  • Cellular biology
  • Experimental design and data collection
  • Modern lab techniques
  • Observation
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving
  • Technical communication 
  • Statistical analysis

Careers

Possible Careers

  • Physician assistant
  • Lab supervisor
  • Clinical advisor
  • Clinic manager
  • Educator
  • Research assistant

Employers

Employers

  • Hospitals and medical clinics
  • Private medical practices
  • Government organizations
  • Sports teams and clubs
  • Schools, colleges, and universities
  • Medical research facilities
  • Community wellness centers
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Nursing homes
  • Assisted living centers
  • Medical research companies

Rural Health Opportunities Program (RHOP)

Pre-physician assistant is eligible for RHOP. The only program of its kind in the state of Nebraska, RHOP educates students from rural Nebraska who will return to practice in rural areas of the state. If selected for RHOP, you’ll receive free tuition at Wayne State College and guaranteed admission into the relevant UNMC program.

Learn from the Best

Our faculty are accomplished, with 85% of our full-time faculty having the highest degree in their field. Several are highly regarded as experts and have been recognized with notable honors and awards. And with a low student-to-faculty ratio, you'll be sure to receive an excellent education in a personalized setting with a friendly atmosphere.

Outside the Classroom

At Wayne State College, you’ll have opportunities to enhance your education by participating in clubs, organizations, activities, and more.

Student clubs and organizations

Clubs and Organizations

WSC Service-Learning

Service-Learning

Make a difference in the community while learning skills you can apply toward your future career. Wayne State’s Service-Learning program has received national awards in recognition of outstanding community service, with more than 400 students participating in Service-Learning projects each semester.

Biology and Chemistry Student Activities

Opportunities

  • Research, trips, and more – Conduct your own research and even present your findings at regional conferences, help judge at the Nebraska Science Bowl and Junior Academy of Science Fairs, and visit area science labs.
  • Peer tutoring and mentoring programs – Help fellow students master their courses and improve their skills, or be part of a support system for new students, all while gaining valuable experience for your resume.
  • Study Abroad - Earn credit toward your degree while experiencing exciting global adventures overseas.
Internships

Internships

Internships are not required for the pre-physician assistant program at Wayne State College, as these are typically completed in your final years of professional school for degree completion. However, Career Services is available to help you find job opportunities if you are looking for field-related work experience.

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