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Most questions about physician’s assistants are answered on the web site for the American Academy of Physician’s Assistants (AAPA).
A: The average course is approximately 24 to 26 months, post-baccalaureate.
A: Most programs require a bachelor’s degree and some experience in a health field. Many require as much as 100 hours of service in a medical field before you can apply.
A: I couldn’t find any information on this, but there’s no reason that you couldn’t go to medical school after working as a PA. You may also find that being a PA is fulfilling enough and decide not to go further.
A: There are 130 accredited programs in the U.S. Here is a web page with links to these programs:
For more information about pre-health professions advisement at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact
Pre-Health Professions Advisory Committee Chairperson
Office: Hudson Hall 325
Phone: (518) 564-5160