Health Professions Advising Office (HPAO)

University of Mississippi

Physician Assistant

Physician assistants (PAs) provide health care services under the supervision of physicians.  Although PAs work under a physician, they may the principal care providers in rural or inner-city clinics, where a physician is present for only one or two days each week.  In such cases, the PA confers with the supervising physician as needed or required by law.

PAs are formally trained to provide diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventative health care services, as delegated by a physician.  They take medical histories, examine and treat patients, order and interpret laboratory tests and X-rays, make diagnoses, and prescribe medications.  PAs treat minor injuries by suturing, splinting, and casting.  PAs also may prescribe medications in all 50 states.

Admission requirements are not standardized for all PA school.  You can expect a combination of science and non-science classes, such as General Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology, Microbiology, etc.  Be sure to investigate the pre-requisites for schools you are interested in!

The GRE is required in 80% of the PA schools across the U.S.

Clinical experience of the most recently accepted PA students actually ranges between 1000 – 2000 hours!

The only Physician’s Assistant Program in Mississippi is located at Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi. 
Here is a link to a great resource for other PA programshttp://www.paeaonline.org/

Many PA programs particiapte in a centralized application. To check out more of the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistant (CASPA) click here.

Mississippi College PA Program Information
Click here to learn more about the Physician Assistant program at Mississippi College.  Get more information by reading the FAQ section for Mississippi College PA program.

**Visit** Mississippi College Physician Assistant Program
The application is through the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). Here is a link to CASPA: https://portal.caspaonline.org/

Click here for the program sheet for the PA program at Mississippi College.

Selection of students for enrollment in the program is based on a formal application and interview process. Applications must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree with a cumulative 3.0 GPA and BCP 3.0 GPA, health care experience, letters of reference, and at least a 50 percentile GRE scores. Interviews with the core department faculty, practicing physicians, and physician assistants from the community will be required for final acceptance.

Please email or contact contact Ms. Susan Patterson directly at (601)925-7383.

We are currently granted Provisional Accreditation* with ARC-PA and SACS.*Provisional accreditation is an accreditation status. The granting of provisional accreditation indicates that the plans and resource allocation for the proposed program appear to demonstrate the program’s ability to meet the ARC-PA Standards, if fully implemented as planned. Provisional Accreditation does not ensure any subsequent accreditation status. Provisional status is limited to no more than three years for any program.

University of Tennessee Health Sciences-Memphis Physician Assistant Program
The application is through the Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA). Here is a link to CASPA: https://portal.caspaonline.org

Click here for the program sheet for the PA program at UTHS.

Students must have a minimum 2.75 college GPA, have a competitive GRE score, health care experience,  and hold a bachelor’s degree upon entering the program. The first class will matriculate in January 2014.

Please contact Chandra Johnson cjohn101@uthsc.edu for more information about the program.

Disclosure: The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Physician Assistant Program has received approval from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and is applying for provisional accreditation from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA). The University of Tennessee Health Science Center Physician Assistant Program anticipates matriculating its first class in January of 2014, pending ARC-PA provisional accreditation in September of 2013. Provisional accreditation is an accreditation status for a new PA program that has not yet enrolled students, but at the time of its comprehensive accreditation review, has demonstrated its preparedness to initiate a program in accordance with the accreditation Standards. Matriculation of students into the program is contingent upon achieving approval and accreditation with these bodies.