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Physician Assistant

A physician assistant (PA) is a medical professional who is nationally certified and state-licensed to practice medicine. All PAs are graduates of an accredited PA educational program.

Although PAs are trained as generalists in medicine, they can also work in specialty areas of medicine. PAs are formally trained to provide diagnostic, preventive and therapeutic services, as designated by a licensed physician.

Students who are interested in becoming a Physician's Assistant usually major in Biology or Biochemistry. The Chemistry Department is accredited by the American Chemical Society (ACS) and offers a program that leads to ACS certification upon graduation.

It is important to have hands-on experience before applying to PA school and the departments, in conjunction with Wackerle Career Center, help students find internships. When students go on to graduate school, they report that they are more prepared than other graduate students.

One of the Best Jobs in America

According to U.S. News and World Report's 2014 "100 Best Jobs" ranking, physician assistant (PA) is one of the top 15 best jobs in America. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 30% job growth rate for the profession through 2020.

What does a PA do?

  • Working as members of the health care team, PAs may:
  • Diagnose illness and disease
  • Examine and treat patients
  • Instruct and counsel patients
  • Order or carry out therapies
  • Order and interpret lab tests and X-rays
  • Prescribe medications
  • Record progress notes
  • Take medical histories
  • Treat injuries by suturing, splinting and casting
  • Perform or assist in surgeries
  • And more!

Labs & Equipment

Students begin using state-of-the-art instrumentation in their first year and continue to develop their skills throughout their four years at Monmouth and in their research projects. The new Center for Science and Business holds the following major pieces of instrumentation:

  • Griffin 450 GC-MS with X-Sorber
  • Waters HPLC with dual wavelength detector
  • Visocotek GPC with RI detector
  • Anasazi EFT-60 NMR Spectrometer
  • Agilent UV-Vis Spectrometer with temperature controller
  • Thermo/Nicolet Nexus FTIR Spectrometer
  • Thermo NanoDrop Spectrometry
  • Varian Atomic Absorption 
  • Perkin Elmer Fluorescence Spectrometer
  • BioRad Gel Doc200 Digital Imaging System

Undergraduate Research

  1. Instills a level of “scientific” confidence and independence in students.
  2. Enables students to apply and broaden their knowledge learned in the classroom.
  3. Is an invaluable way for students to strengthen their scientific communication skills.
  4. Exposes students to open-ended questions.

Students are encouraged to become involved in undergraduate research as early as the Fall semester of their sophomore year. Students are also encouraged to spend at least one summer during their college career in an REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) program at a research university or at Monmouth College. The best way to demonstrate the value of undergraduate research to students at Monmouth College is to hear from Monmouth College students themselves.

Graduate School Opportunities

It is important to check the admission requirements at each graduate school to make sure the requirements are fulfilled. Most PA schools require the prerequisites to be complete prior to admission; therefore, all prerequisites coursework must be done by Fall semester of senior year.