Calvin's pre-professional programs will prepare you not only for acceptance into some of the best schools in the country, but also to be a compassionate and well-rounded healthcare provider. Whether you're interested in red blood cells, retinas or retainers, a liberal arts education at Calvin can help you achieve your goals.
As a physician assistant, you will be trained and licensed to practice medicine under the supervision of a licensed physician. Because each graduate program is unique, Calvin does not offer a standardized pre-PA track. Instead, you'll work alongside your academic advisor, a Calvin professor, to tailor a program for the graduate school you're interested in.
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Volunteer at local schools, hospitals and senior centers; Get hands-on experience as a personal trainer for a faculty or staff member; Join a varsity or intramural team; Help Calvin host the Special Olympics.
Each graduate school determines the prerequisite courses necessary for its Physicians Assistant program; due to the variability amongst these schools, Calvin does not offer a specific program for students who want to prepare for a career of Christian service as a physician assistant. Rather, students can major in any discipline so long as they complete the prerequisite courses for the graduate program to which they intend to apply. Students who desire to pursue a career as a physician assistant should contact R. Nyhof for advice about preparatory courses and hours of direct patient care required by clinical training programs.
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