Pre-Physician Assistant

IUPUI Pre-physician assistant science student “Undoubtedly, the experiences I’ve had have molded me into a better leader and equipped me with skills to be the best physician possible. I feel empowered to make an impact on the world around me.” ~Jennifer Romine

At the School of Science at IUPUI, students seeking professional careers in medicine are exposed to opportunities that no other school in the state of Indiana can offer.

Through comprehensive coursework, hands-on experience in the classroom and labs, one-on-one guidance from professors, and research and leadership opportunities in the School, five surrounding hospitals, the IU School of Medicine and the IU School of Dentistry, graduates of the School of Science are well  prepared for PA school and beyond!


Unlike other health profession training programs, most physician assistant programs, including IU's, require or strongly prefer that applicants have some actual direct patient care experience. The IU program also urges applicants to gain experience working with under-served rural populations.

By studying science at IUPUI, students have access to five leading hospitals right on campus. The School of Science at IUPUI offers various programs for students to become involved with research, internship and other leadership opportunities throughout their undergraduate experience. One of those programs is the Life Health Sciences Internship. This one-year program through IU Med School provides students the opportunity to participate in both clinical and scientific research opportunities throughout IUPUI's campus and the surrounding hospitals and labs. For more information on the Life Health Sciences Internship and other opportunities for students in the School of Science at IUPUI, please click here.