Pre-Physician’s Assistant Program

Preparing you for admission into any physician’s assistant program

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About The Program
College of Arts and Sciences

Pre-Physician’s Assistant Program

As a physician’s assistant, you’ll make a difference in your patients’ lives every single day, guiding them toward health and wellness. While this program isn’t a major, at Northern, we’ll match you with a degree program and the necessary coursework required to prepare you for admission into a physician’s assistant program.


Wondering if this program is for you? 

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Have strong communication skills
  • Are interested in science and how the body works
  • Care deeply about people, their problems and pain
  • Enjoy helping people
  • Are detail-oriented
  • Have strong decision-making and problem-solving skills
  • Demonstrate integrity and compassion



Besides working as a physician’s assistant, completion of the PA program could also set you on a career path toward other medical positions, including:

  • Nurse practitioner
  • General physician



At Northern, we believe getting you out of the classroom and into a real-world workplace setting is a critical part of your education. You'll have several opportunities for internships and other forms of experiential learning throughout your time at Northern. Learn more!


The NSU WolfPACT is the highest guaranteed, four-year scholarship in the region. But that isn't the only scholarship available at Northern. Click here to learn about other scholarship opportunities!

Plans of Study 
Program Success/Outcomes 
  • Medical (MD) / Physician’s Assistant (PA) graduate school acceptance rate is 82 percent.

          Source: College of Arts and Sciences, 2015-2019

Suggested Majors and Minors 

Students in our pre-physician’s assistant program often major in:

And they often minor in:

Study Abroad 

Experience the world while earning your degree through NSU Study Abroad! With hundreds of opportunities available around the globe, Northern can make your study abroad dream become a reality. Learn more!

Undergraduate Research 

At Northern, you'll have the chance to conduct cutting-edge research that can have real-world impacts - while still an undergraduate student. Now with our brand new, state-of-the-art Jewett Regional Science Education Center, the sky is truly the limit. Learn more!

Contact Information 

Ready to take the next step? Contact us today:


Pre-Physician's Assistant Faculty Advisor: Dr. George Nora, 605-626-2471 or

Want to learn more about living and learning at Northern? Contact NSU Admissions today 605-626-2544 or!

Still unsure of a major? We can help! Contact NSU Career Services at 605-626-3007 or

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