Physician Assistant Transfer Track

Why Study to be a Physician Assistant?

There is an ever-increasing need for well-qualified physician’s assistants. The Math/Science degree program with a concentration in physician assistant provides students with a strong foundation in how the natural world works.

Program Options

Credits: 63 | Time to Completion: 2 years

Curriculum Code: 0652 I Liberal Arts Credits: 30 I Program  Credits: 33

This program is designed as an academic starting point for people interested in serving in the medical profession as physician’s assistants (PA’s).

Students will complete courses in anatomy and physiology, microbiology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics. In the courses students apply mathematical models and the scientific method to solve concrete problems.

Course CodeCourseCredits
EN 101Composition 3
EN 102Composition & Literature 3
Humanities Elective OR
Social Science Elective
MA 102Statistics 3
MA 110College Algebra or higher* 4
BI 130Anatomy & Physiology I 4
BI 131Anatomy & Physiology II 4
PY 101General Psychology 3
SL ELESocial Science Elective 3
Liberal Arts Credits:30
CE 101College Experience 1
GN ELEGeneral Electives 6
BI 101General Biology I 4
BI 102General Biology II 4
BI 210Microbiology 4
CH 101General Chemistry I 4
CH 102General Chemistry II 4
HI 101

HI 102
Western Civ 13,000 BCE to 1517 CE OR
Western Civ 1517 to Present
HI 103
HI 104
U.S. History 1492-1865 OR
U.S. History 1865-Present
Program Credits:33
Minimum Credits:63
*Note: MA 110, MA 111, MA 117, MA 122, or
MA 123 may be taken to fulfill this requirement

Careers & Outcomes

People who succeed as a physician assistant (PA’s) enjoy working as part of a health care team working under the direction of a physician. PA’s need leadership skills, self- confidence and emotional stability. They must be willing to continue studying throughout their career to keep up with medical advances.

Career Information

PA’s provide health care services with supervision by physicians. PA’s are formally trained to provide diagnostic, therapeutic and preventative care services as delegated by a physician. Working as members of the health care team, they take medical histories, examine patients, order, and interpret laboratory tests and x-rays and make diagnosis. They also treat minor injuries by suturing, splinting, and casting. PA’s record progress notes, instruct and counsel patients and order or carry out therapy.

Further Educational Opportunities

Columbia-Greene’s two-year degree is a starting point for transfer into a bachelor’s degree program prior to graduate studies.