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Pre-Physician Assistant Advising

Pre-physician assistant advising spans all the years of a student's Whitworth education. Explore your career interests, receive personalized guidance, and gain skills and experience outside of the classroom that will prepare you to be a competitive applicant for graduate programs and a compassionate future practitioner.

Why pursue pre-physician assistant advising at Whitworth?

  • Find your calling. Vocational discernment is interwoven into all aspects of pre-physician assistant advising, from mentoring to seminars and guest speaker events.
  • Form connections with professors and advisors who want to see you succeed and will support you every step of the way. Our advisors even continue to assist students after their Whitworth graduation, particularly as they prepare their PA school applications.
  • Take a specialized seminar course that will help you explore career paths.
  • Gain experience working with individuals who are different from you. Enroll in a study abroad program that includes a medical internship, or join a student-run club like En Christo that serves low-income residents in Spokane. You will develop important perspectives you can apply toward a career in which you’ll be working with patients from all walks of life.
  • Build leadership skills that will strengthen your résumé. At Whitworth, you will have many opportunities to develop into a capable and caring leader, whether by volunteering for a worthwhile cause, getting involved with student government or residence life, or serving as a teaching assistant.
  • Develop transferable skills that will make you more effective in your future medical career and in other areas of life. A Whitworth liberal arts education will prepare you to think critically and communicate clearly.
  • Become who you're meant to be.

Our pre-physician assistant advising grads make a difference (and get jobs)

Our graduates are working as physician assistants across the country.

Recent job placements include:

  • Danielle Fall, critical care physician assistant, University of Utah Hospital, Salt Lake City
  • Lindsey Foster, post-acute care physician assistant, TeamHealth, Spokane
  • Joey Hope, interventional radiology physician assistant, TRA Medical Imaging, Tacoma, Wash.
  • Brooke Chalmers, physician assistant, Parkway Psychiatric Services and Housecall Primary Care, Knoxville, Tenn.

Our recent pre-physician assistant advising graduates further their studies in top PA programs at institutions including:

  • University of Washington (MEDEX Northwest)
  • George Washington University
  • Wake Forest University
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Colorado
  • Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions
  • Quinnipiac University
  • Des Moines University

Ask our pre-physician assistant faculty advisor

Ask Associate Professor Abbey

Associate Professor Elizabeth Abbey teaches health science and advises students interested in pre-physician assistant, pre-medicine and nutrition.

What related majors can I explore?

You may be surprised to learn you can choose any major as a pre-physician assistant student. While it’s more common to choose a major in the sciences, PA school applicants can also choose majors in the humanities like history, English and theology, and complete a significant number of credits in the sciences.

The most typical majors chosen by pre-physician assistant students include: