Student Timelines

Freshman Year:

  • Visit the Career Center to explore your career options
  • Schedule a job shadowing experience in your field of interest
  • Join AED as an associate member and participate in the volunteer activities
  • Identify research opportunities on campus
  • Research physician assistant programs to be aware of specific school requirements (i.e. direct patient hours)

Sophomore Year:

  • Continue obtaining job shadowing experience
  • Continue involvement with AED
  • Stay on track with your course requirements for physician assistant school
  • Volunteer on campus and in the community
  • Seek out volunteer or work in health related settings to gain direct patient contact experience

Junior Year:

  • Continue to shadow physician assistants
  • Inquire about taking SCMH 3890 Pre-Medical Preceptorship course
  • Participate in mock interviews in fall
  • Take a GRE prep course or study on your own
  • Take multiple practice GREs during spring semester
  • Take the GRE by the end of May
  • Check with PA schools regularly to meet application deadlines
  • Begin CASPA application and complete it before fall semester of senior year

Senior Year:

  • Complete all secondary applications
  • Continue to achieve good grades
  • Interview
  • Graduate



Beneficial Auburn

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Linda Bruner,
Pre-Health Advisor

Dr. Kevin Huggins,
Nutrition Science Undergraduate Coordinator,
Associate Professor of Nutrition Science

Alpha Epsilon Delta (AED)

Beverly Childress,
Pre-Health Director
of Pre-Professional Advisory Committee (PPAC)
College of Science and Mathematics