medical diagnostics (pre-physician assistant)

Why Major in Medical Diagnostics with a Pre-PA concentration?

Access to quality healthcare for all is one of the most significant grand challenges of the 21st century. The demand for physician assistants has grown tremendously in the past ten years, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 38 percent increase in positions between 2012 and 2022. This is a much greater than average rate of increase, with the nation’s aging population expected to require a greater number of primary healthcare providers in the future. Physician assistants will be among those filling this role. Medical Diagnostics is a clinical-oriented science program that incorporates the basic science courses required for admission to physician assistant programs with medical-related courses that impact the diagnosis and therapy of disease. Students learn the pathophysiology of diseases in five major areas of study: Clinical Chemistry, Hematology, Immunohematology, Immunology and Medical Microbiology. Students study detailed information about laboratory analysis and how laboratory data correlates to human disease.

Uniqueness of Our Program

The Medical Diagnostics Pre-PA major studies a wide range of disease processes and patient diagnostic patterns, and applies this information to patient case studies in order to evaluate hematological, microbiological and biochemical disease states. The program is enhanced by excellent faculty working at the frontiers of their field. Faculty are noted researchers who are making fundamental contributions to their respective fields including cancer, diabetes, nanomedicine, immunology and infectious disease. Students often participate in faculty research through independent study. Capstone experience includes opportunities to interact with healthcare providers in areas such as mental health, emergency medicine, pediatrics and others.