Pre-Physician Assistant Concentration

Students interested in becoming physician assistants take coursework in Hiram College’s first-of-its-kind biomedical humanities curriculum. But what does biomedical humanities mean? It’s how you learn the nuts and bolts of health care and how to be scientifically competent. It prepares you to be an ethically grounded, socially aware, and compassionate caregiver. Learn to weave art, literature, narrative, and film into the study of human diversity, so essential to the art and science of caregiving.

Pre-Professional Concentration

  • School of Health & Medical Humanities

About the Program

Program Summary

If you are interested in becoming a physician assistant, you need to take a common set of prerequisites in the life and social sciences, including biology, chemistry, psychology, and sociology. As long as you complete the common set of prerequisites required in the professional programs, you can major in:

We are often asked, “Can I get it all done?” In short, yes, easily. Many courses count for both the pre-physician assistant concentration and Hiram’s core curriculum. And we help mentor you to not only develop the right transcript but also the right resume. Through Hiram Connect, which requires all graduates to engage in shadowing and research, you’ll have multiple opportunities to try on medicine, letting you evaluate your skills and passions before plunging head-first into professional school.

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Career Paths

  • Physical therapist
  • Physician assistant
  • Optometrist
  • Podiatrist
  • Physician
  • Pharmacist
  • Medical researcher
  • Educator
Michael Majetich

MICHAEL MAJETICH ’10 | Biomedical Humanities Major


“My favorite thing about Hiram is its sense of community. I was never treated like a number, which helped me to develop and define my sense of self.”

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Ways to get involved

Pre-physician assistant program graduates usually pursue their professional degrees upon receiving their bachelor’s. Once in professional school, our former students say that while it may be a toss-up over who does the best on an anatomy or biochemistry exam, they run laps around their peers in their comfort working with patients in a clinical setting.

Faculty

Brad Goodner, Ph.D.

Director, School of Health & Medical Humanities; Professor of Biology Edward J. Smerek Endowed Chair in Mathematics, the Sciences & Technology; Director, Center for Scientific Engagement
CONTACT Brad Goodner, Ph.D.

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