Pre-Physician Assistant: Biochemistry Track

With an increasing shortage of healthcare providers, physician assistants are a critical part of today’s team-based approach to healthcare.

Physician assistants often serve as a patient's principal healthcare provider – diagnosing illnesses, developing and managing treatment plans, prescribing medications and more. 

The Biochemistry B.A. program is a popular choice for students interested in Physician Assistant programs. Students report that having the biochemistry sequence of courses with lab helped prepare them well for a rigorous PA program after graduation.

It is important to keep in mind that the pre-physician assistant track is not an academic major; rather, it’s a suggested program of study that prepares students to apply to PA programs upon completing their undergraduate degree.

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High-Demand Field

Employment of physician assistants is projected to grow 31% from 2020 to 2030, much faster than the average for all occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

PA School Prep

A degree in Chemistry or Biochemistry allows you to complete the prerequisites for Physician Assistant school, while gaining hands-on lab experiences to set you apart from the crowd.


Median Salary

The median annual wage for physician assistants was $115,390 in May 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.


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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of Northern Iowa
1227 West 27th Street
Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0423

Phone: 319-273-2437


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