Physician Assistant

Pre-Physician Assistant at UH Mānoa

Physician Assistants (PAs) are licensed health professionals who practice medicine as members of a team under the supervision of a physician. PAs see many of the same types of patients as physicians and deliver a broad range of medical and surgical services. The scope of a PA’s practice is determined by training, experience, state law, and the supervising physician’s practice. A PA’s duties and autonomy depend upon the PA’s clinical experience and his/her relationship with the supervising physician.

Click here to learn more about physician assistants, including what to expect in PA school and information about Pacific University’s Hawaii Outreach Initiative.  

Click here to learn about the required prerequisites, getting relevant experiences, researching PA schools, and the entrance exams. 

Click here to learn about the application process for PA school and financial aid opportunities.

Learn More About Physician AssistantsAmerican Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA)
Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA)
Pacific University School of Physician Assistant Studies Hawai’i Outreach Initiative
Health Care ExperienceRequired Hours
Researching SchoolsPAEA Program Directory
Entrance ExamsGraudate Record Examination (GRE)
GRE Overview
Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT)
MCAT Overview
Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA)
Letters of RecommendationRequired Types
InterviewsSample Interview Questions
Current OpportunitiesHealth – Current Opportunities
EngagementHealth – Experience and Opportunities

Hawaii Pre-Health Career Corps
The Pre-Health Career Corps (PHCC) is a free year-round program for Hawaii high school and college students who are interested in health careers. Its purpose is to increase awareness about health careers, provide mentoring, shadowing and research experiences, and provide campus exposure to health careers.

Text compiled from the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) website, Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) website, Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA) website, NAAHP’s Health Professions Admissions guide, and the UHM 2017-2018 Catalog.