A physician assistant is a health care professional who works closely with a licensed physician. Admission to PA school is just as competitive as any other graduate program; therefore, the pre-requisites are similar, including a strong background in social, behavioral, chemical, mathematical, and biological sciences. Additionally, to gain acceptance to the PA program at UK requires 1000 direct patient contact hours usually obtained by becoming a certified nursing assistant. A student planning a career in medicine or dentistry should request an advisor from the Natural Sciences or KHS as early as possible