Loyola University Chicago

Pre-Health Professions

Career Services

Physician Assistant (PA)

A career as a physician assistant is a promising and rewarding position that many students aspire for. Applicants for pre-PA programs are required to complete extensive experiential and academic milestones to be accepted, and it is especially crucial for students interested in this field to begin research early because of this. Where pre-medical applicants can expect to have several hundred hours of patient engagement required by medical school admissions, PA applicants should prepare for patient contact hour expectations to be more in the thousands. If you have any questions about where to begin, we encourage you to explore this section of the website and then meet with a Pre-Health advisor to learn more.

Note: Health professional schools have various requirements. Keep in mind that these are general guides. Students must research specific schools of interest for a complete listing of requirements and meeting with a Pre-Health advisor is recommended.


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