How to Become a Physician Assistant

Recorded Thursday, December 24 at 07:00 PM

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About this livestream


Becoming a physician assistant is a multi-step process that involves a solid understanding of the role and good preparation. Join Elias Miller as he discusses what it takes to have a successful physician assistant career.

We’ll cover different preparation strategies starting from high school, making sure to tackle higher education and PA programs as well. We’ll also hit on relevant skills you should bring to the table, and what job tasks and salary to expect.

Don’t miss this inside look into the ins and outs of a physician assistant career!

Your host

Undergrad College: Harvard University '17

Major: Music

Graduate College: University of Michigan, M.M.

Work Experience: Now in my fourth year at CollegeVine, I have helped dozens of students gain acceptance to their top-choice schools and have also advised and mentored thousands more through my livestreams. Apart from my work at CV, I am also a professional conductor and a multi-instrumentalist. I currently serve as the music director of the Apollo Ensemble of Boston, and I have led symphonic concerts and operatic productions throughout the United States.

My Admissions Story: Initially interested in pursuing a career as a performing cellist, I applied almost exclusively to music schools with dual and double degree options and ultimately enrolled in the Tufts University/New England Conservatory Dual Degree Program. Unhappy with the combined program and worried I'd never feel like I was fully a student at either school, I logged back into in October of my freshman year. I can't say I went about the transfer process in the smartest way (I only applied to two schools!), but Harvard miraculously accepted me (or 'excepted me' as I wrote in a celebratory Facebook post that day - no one ever let me live that one down), and the rest was history.

Audience questions

These are questions from the audience that we had time to answer during the live session. If you have any other questions, you can request an answer from Elias and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
14:44@anonymous:What is the difference in curriculum between NP and PA?
17:29@anonymous:What is the pay range for NP?
18:19@mckusick.lexi:What are some of the highest paying physician assistant specialties?
31:39@mckusick.lexi:Does volunteering at a hospital count towards required experience for PA school?
34:04@sanabida:Is it possible to work part-time as a PA?
35:44@anonymous:Are we allowed to choose our specialty when joining a PA school? Or will we be selected for one?
36:49@mckusick.lexi: Is it possible to work abroad as a PA?
38:07@anonymous:do you have a recording of this prsentation?
38:42@anonymous:Are we allowed to choose our specialty when joining a PA school? Or will be selected for one?
38:45@sanabida:Is it possible to work part-time as a PA?


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