Physician Assistants play an important role in providing primary health care. These licensed professionals collaborate with physicians most commonly in general and family medicine and in surgery, though PAs serve in all areas of medicine. Physicians are allowed to delegate some of the work they are licensed to perform to physician assistants with the appropriate training.
Undergraduate students interested in becoming a physician assistant typically follow the standard pre-medical course of studies. Some PA programs require extensive hours of work (volunteer or paid) in a health-care field for admission. Students seeking admission to a graduate-level PA program must have a baccalaureate degree and often must take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) as part of the application process. The typical PA program requires just over two years of classroom and clinical training.