Physician Assistant (MMS/etc.)

**We do not have a PA program through Appalachian State. This page is for informational purposes to support health profession exploration.

Degree Type

  • Masters of Physician Assistant Studies (MPAS)
  • Masters of Medical Science (MMS)


They are health professionals who practice medicine as members of a team with their supervising physicians. PAs deliver a broad range of medical and surgical services to diverse populations in rural and urban settings. As part of their comprehensive responsibilities, PAs conduct physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel on preventive health care, assist in surgery, and prescribe medications. (source)

Typical Majors

  • Biology BS (Cell and Molecular) or BA 
  • Chemistry BS (Biochemistry) 
  • Exercise Science BS 
  • Psychology BS (Natural Science or Health Studies)
  • Public Health BS

You can learn about specific degree requirements from the University Bulletin.  

Clinical Exposure

Most PA programs require a minimum of 500 hours (3 months) or 1000 hours  (6 months) of direct patient care experience for admission to their programs. Most students will earn a clinical certification (CNA, EMT, phlebotomy). Please note that paid experience as an EMT in the Boone area is rare for entry level positions.

Test Type

National Links

American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA)

Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA)

NC Programs

*Please note that the PA program based in Boone is a Wake Forest University PA satellite program.  All questions concerning the Boone program should be directed to Wake Forest.  


Physician Assistant Program Comparison Sheet