Pre-Physician's Assistant

Physician Assistants (PAs) are health professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision.  Within the physician/PA relationship, the PAs are responsible for making medical decisions and providing a broad range of diagnostic and therapeutic services.  The PA may function in a variety of settings, including an office, hospital emergency room, nursing home, rural satellite clinic, and/or the patient’s home.  In the traditional office setting, the PA will see the patient, obtain a history, perform a physical examination, and order necessary laboratory and/or radiological studies.  Based on this information, the PA will establish a diagnosis, develop an appropriate management plan, and initiate treatment that may include prescribing medications.  The physician is consulted as needed and is ultimately responsible for the care that is provided by the physician/PA team.  In order to be considered for admission to the physician assistant professional program, the applicant must have a baccalaureate degree with a cumulative and science grade point average of at least 3.00.

Course Schedule

A.A. Degree

First Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
ENG-105 Composition I
3.0
MAT-210 Calculus I
4.0
CHM-165 General Chemistry I
4.0
BIO-112 General Biology I
4.0
SDV-108 The College Experience
1.0
 
Total Hours: 16.0

Second Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
PSY-111 Intro to Psychology
3.0
ENG-106 Composition II
3.0
BIO-113 General Biology II
4.0
CHM-175 General Chemistry II
4.0
CSC-110 Intro to Computers
3.0
XXX-XXX Humanities Elective
3.0
 
Total Hours: 20.0

Third Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
SPC-101 Fundamentals of Oral Communication
3.0
PHY-162 College Physics I
4.0
CHM-261 Organic Chemistry I
4.0
XXX-XXX Humanities Elective
3.0
XXX-XXX Social Science Elective
3.0
 
Total Hours: 17.0

Fourth Semester

Course # Course Title
Credit Hours
CHM-271 Organic Chemistry II
4.0
PHY-172 College Physics II
4.0
MAT-156 Statistics I
3.0
XXX-XXX Humanities Elective
3.0
XXX-XXX Social Science Elective
3.0
 
Total Hours: 17.0
 
A.A. Degree Total Hours: 70.0

*Suggested High School courses are:
Biology, Chemistry, Algebra, Advanced Math, Trigonometry, Calculus

Instructors

Jenny Shivers 515-574-1292 shivers@iowacentral.edu Associate
Tracy Crippin-Haake 515-574-1192 crippin@iowacentral.edu Associate
Dr. Anne Macek-Lachelt 515-574-1246 lachelt@iowacentral.edu Instructor
Jennifer Condon 515-574-1190 condon@iowacentral.edu Dean