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Pre-PA Resources

MAPA Mentoring 

Several MAPA members, both practicing PAs and current PA Students, have volunteered to offer mentorship for Pre-PA MAPA members. Their contact information is available via our Pre-PA Mentorship Search Portal.



MAPA Mentorship DOES NOT necessarily include shadowing as employers place many restrictions on who they will approve and the majority of employers only allow shadowing opportunities for those who are employed by the organization.


PA Shadow Online is a potential resource for shadowing. MAPA has no affiliation with this resource.


Looking for a PA Program?

Augsburg University

Minneapolis, MN



Bethel University

Arden Hills, MN



Mayo Clinic College of Medicine & Science

Rochester, MN



St Catherine University

Minneapolis, MN



St Scholastica

Duluth, MN




PA education Facts

  • Most programs are approximately 26 months (3 academic years) and require the same prerequisite courses as medical schools
  • Most programs also require three years of healthcare training and experience
  • Students take courses in basic sciences, behavioral sciences and clinical medicine across subjects such as anatomy, pharmacology, microbiology, physiology and more
  • PA Students complete a total of more than 2,000 hours of clinical rotations in:
    • Family medicine
    • Internal medicine
    • Obstetrics and gynecology
    • Pediatrics
    • General surgery
    • Emergency medicine
    • Psychiatry  

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