Shadowing Experience

You can try cold calling/e-mailing; however, you'll likely have better luck starting with a PA in your personal physician’s practice or volunteering in a hospital or free clinic to set the occasion to arrange shadowing experiences. Also, you may have more luck outside of Lawrence, as local PA’s get asked by many students. You may want to try Physician Assistant Shadow Online, a national database of PA's who are willing to let students shadow!

Direct Patient Care Experience

Although WSU's program doesn't absolutely require experience, it's very helpful. WSU's admissions committee weighs professional direct-patient care experiences more heavily than informal health care activities. So, if you plan to enter a PA program immediately after completing a Bachelor's degree, we recommend training for an entry-level profession, like Certified Nurse Aide, early in your undergraduate education, and immediately start working with that credential to build experience.

View a list of local CNA classes.

On Campus Involvement

KU PrePhysician Assistant Club!

Professional Association

Physician Assistant Education Association

University Career Center

Entry into a PA program often includes interviewing with the school of your choice. When you get an invitation to interview, practice with the University Career Center! You may want to get started by using a pre-built medical school mock interview available in HireJayhawks.com (Type "medical" in the keyword box to access it.) To schedule an in-person practice interview, call 785-864-3624 or schedule online. Need an outfit for your interview? Visit The P.H.O.G.

Writing Center

Most PA programs require supplemental applications and personal comments, essays and/or personal statements. When you finish a draft we recommend you meet with the Writing Center to review! Call 785-864-2399 to schedule a review with a consultant.


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