Most physician assistant programs require applicants to have previous healthcare experience and have earned a bachelor’s degree. Although programs vary in length, most require 24-28 months to complete.
Prerequisite course requirements vary by school, and there is significant latitude in the choice of undergraduate degree completed. Students should meet with an advisor to identify which physician assistant programs are of interest and to ensure completion of program prerequisites.
To be licensed in Idaho, physician assistants must have a baccalaureate degree. While there are many majors to choose from, a degree in Health Studies from the Department of Community of Environmental Health is often appropriate for those who wish to work in health professions.