Pre-Physician Assistants

Mission Statement

The University of Kentucky Pre-Physician Assistants is a group desiring to learn about careers as Physician Assistants. Our goal is to better educate prospective students about the PA profession and acceptance to a PA program, with emphasis on the University of Kentucky masters program.

What Do We Do?

We invite local PA’s to our meetings to discuss their jobs and specialty fields. We also invite current PA students and faculty from the UK program to speak with the group. Meetings are very informal and new members are always welcome.

To contact us:

Officers – 2009-2010


President: Sarah Drake

Vice President: Kelcye Garrison

Secretary/Treasurer: Kourtney Davis

Publicity: TBD

Volunteer Coordinator: TBD

Useful Links


University of Kentucky Physician Assistant Program - Official program website with an excellent list of frequently asked questions

Kentucky Academy of Physician Assistants - Issues regarding PA’s practicing in Kentucky

American Academy of Physician Assistants - Issues regarding PA practice nationwide amp; information regarding other PA programs

2007 AAPA Census Report - info on salaries, hours worked, etc. - Online forum for PA’s, students, and pre-PA’s

Graduate Records Examination (GRE) - Info on registration and test prep


Phy•si•cian As•sis•tant: health care professionals licensed to practice medicine with physician supervision. 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 write prescriptions. A PA's practice may also include education, research, and administrative services.

- American Academy of Physician Assistants

Volunteer Opportunities


UK Medical Center - A number of volunteer opportunities in various hospital departments. You should contact Bonnie Thornton before each semester begins. There is an interview process and you must attend training sessions.


Refuge Medical Clinic - Free medical clinic in Jessamine Co. and a new location in Fayette Co. to be completed in the Spring. Click here for more information or submit an application.


Moveable Feast of Lexington - Past members have participated in this. You drive hot meals to people living with AIDS. This service is needed daily. Help is also needed in food prep, packaging, fund raising, etc. Call (859)252-2867.


Bluegrass Rape Crisis Center - Provides training that allows women to handle rape crisis calls from their home phone. Highly recommended by former club members. Call Beth McRoberts at (859)253-2615 during business hours.





Unfortunately, we cannot just list local PA’s contact information for you. The best way to network with local PA’ is to attend our meetings and ask them personally.


You might also try the UK Career Center shadowing program.

News: There is a 3-stage application process, with application to CASPA, to the UK Graduate School, and to the College of Health Sciences. Applications are NOT carried over from cycle to cycle, so please do not begin a new CASPA application until the cycle officially opens in mid-April.


Need more information on the University of Kentucky Physician Assistant Program?

Check out the PA program’s website here!

General PA information sessions are held at the University of Kentucky and are very helpful! Session dates for Fall 09 are October 2 (1-3pm in CTW Commons, Rm. 127), November 6 (Time/Location TBA), and December 4th (Time/Location TBA).






Professional Experience & Employment


Georgetown Nurse Aide Training Center-(502) 867-7283 -Used by many members to get their CNA license which is requiwhite for most patient care jobs. They offer an accelerated program but often have a waiting list, especially during the summer months. You may also obtain your CNA from KCTCS colleges.


UK Disability Resource Center -(859) 257-2754- Care attendants are needed to assist mobility impaiwhite UK students with activities of daily living (dressing, showering, shaving, possibly bowel and bladder routines). This is a paid position, the amount of care needed varies, and you would be requiwhite to interview to find a match with a student. Contact Susan Fogg if interested.