What you'll learn in Pre-Physician Assistant studies at UW-Platteville

Gain a fundamental understanding of a wide range of medical services with the Pre-Physician Assistant program with the University of Wisconsin-Platteville’s Department of Biology. You will take all the prerequisite courses needed for any Physician Assistant program. This includes anatomy and physiology, microbiology, and biochemistry. After completing pre-physician assistant courses, you’ll be well prepared for professional schooling and certifications, and a career in this in-demand field.

Outside the classroom, you can build on your experience through student clubs and organizations, or undergraduate research to help you build a competitive resume for your advanced schooling application. Plus, we offer a wide variety of campus support programs like STEM Living Learning Communities, mentoring, and others that allow you to create a student experience unique to you and your goals.

In collaboration with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, we now offer the wisPACT@UW-Platteville program, where you can earn a Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree from UW-Madison, while completing all of your coursework on UW-Platteville’s campus.

Our pre-physician assistant degree program uniquely offers rural-focused clinical experiences and rotations. You can choose the 3+2 Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Pathway and earn your master’s degree in five years, or you can follow the traditional program track. Learn more about how to earn your Master of Physician Assistant Studies.

Careers in the Physician Assistant field

Pre-physician assistant online programs and on-campus degrees are intended to prepare aspiring physician assistants to work closely with physicians and patients. Typically, physician assistants examine patients, diagnose various conditions, and recommend and implement treatment programs under a licensed physician’s supervision.

Some of these roles may require additional professional schooling or training. While many physician assistants work in clinical or hospital settings, others find rewarding careers in government agencies, nonprofit organizations, pharmaceutical/biotechnology companies, medical device companies, insurance companies, and more.

Discover by doing

Pre-physician assistant major students at UW-Platteville have numerous ways to learn both inside and outside the classroom. Hands-on learning opportunities such as research projects, internships, and university events are all designed to help bridge your college experience to your future career.

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