Get a head start toward a top-ranked healthcare job as a physician assistant (PA) with academic and career advising especially geared toward pursuing a career as a physician assistant. A hands-on approach from dedicated RMC staff ensures your undergraduate coursework provides a smooth transition to graduate school.

You’ll also have ample opportunities to explore Randolph-Macon’s own graduate program in physician assistant studies, which began in 2023.

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Physician Assistant pathways

RMC graduates have been recently admitted to physician assistant master’s degree programs across the country including:

our graduate studies program

The 24-month Randolph-Macon physician assistant studies graduate program authentically combines fully-modern health science preparation and inter-professional training with a strong foundation in liberal arts and community service. As an RMC physician assistant graduate student, you’ll regularly participate in narrative medicine rounds and service learning activities as part of a small cohort, with the one-on-one attention and support from Randolph-Macon faculty that is typical of an RMC education. 

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Josh Quinn, Director of Health Careers and Professional Development speaks with a student about health related career options

advising and mentorshiP

If you plan to pursue a graduate degree to become a PA, you’ll receive one-on-one guidance from Randolph-Macon’s Director of Health Careers and Professional Development, Josh Quinn. Together with faculty in your major, you’ll create an academic plan that supports your goals and seek internship opportunities to gain valuable direct patient care, health-related, and community service experience prior to graduate school. The director will work closely with you to prepare your graduate school application and practice for admissions interviews as well. 

  • #3
    Physician assistant is the 3rd most desirable position in US healthcare careers
  • $121,530
    is the median annual salary for physician assistants in the US
  • 28%
    the much faster than average physician assistant job growth rate in the next 10 years

From Here To What you can do as a Pre-Physician Assistant student at RMC

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Alex Byrd ’17

Primary Care and Urgent Care Physician Assistant

“What Randolph-Macon provides to its students goes so far beyond the walls of the classroom. Not only did I graduate with a strong educational foundation for a career in healthcare, but also a powerful community of support and a set of personal skills that certainly acts as a springboard for success down many different avenues. The tight-knit campus and curriculum provides so much more than just a degree at the end of your 4 years, but rather lifelong relationships, a wide network of alumni, and vast opportunity to cultivate and personalize your interests and degree. I wouldn’t trade my time at RMC for anything!”

Erin Schofield, MPA, PA-C ’18

Physician Assistant
Virginia Medical Center & Urgent Care


PA Student
Eastern Virginia Medical School


PA Student
Quinnipiac University

Aaron Holzhauer ’19

Naval Aerospace Medicine Physician Associate

Courtney Taylor ’18

Physician Assistant

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