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Iowa Western Community College

Pre-Physician Assistant

Pre-Physician Assistant

Just the Facts

Program Start Term: Fall, Spring, Summer
Program Length: 2 Years
Award: A.S.

Average Class Size: 20
Part-Time or Full-Time: Both
Program Courses Offered: Day, Evening, Online
Program Locations: Council Bluffs Campus,  Clarinda Center

About the Program

Few professions are as rewarding as that of physician assistant. Iowa Western's Pre-Physician Assistant program is an important first step toward entering this exciting field. This two-year program culminates with the awarding of an Associate of Science degree.

Physician assistants support physicians by providing a variety of health care services, including taking medical history, examining patients, ordering lab tests and interpreting results, making preliminary diagnoses, and treating minor injuries. 

This program is designed to transfer by applying your Associate of Science degree toward a bachelor’s degree. All of your credits will transfer to similar programs at other institutions. The demand for physician assistants is high, particularly in rural and inner-city areas. Many area clinics and hospitals hire Iowa Western graduates.

Career Information

The Pre-Physician Assistant program is designed for students intending to transfer on to a four-year institution. In order to become a physician assistant, students must earn a bachelor’s degree or higher. Physician assistants provide a variety of health care services under the supervision of a physician.

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Program Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

  • Demonstrate competency in the scientific laboratory.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship of the periodic table of the elements to the functions of various systems of the body.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the anatomical and physiological properties of the human body including cellular, tissue, organs, and systems.


* Minimum of a Bachelor's degree is necessary for employment in this area.

* A.A. and A.S. Degree Programs provide students a general education core in Communications, Social Sciences, Science & Mathematics, Humanities, and Diversity. The foundation of required and elective courses prepares students for transfer into a four-year college or university bachelor's degree Program.