By following the typical path to becoming a physician's assistant, a person normally invests at least six years in education. A bachelor's degree in a science-related field plus a master's degree are common requirements. Many assistants also gain work experience in health care prior to starting a master's program.
It is possible to apply for a physician assistant graduate program after just two years of undergraduate education, but most do complete a bachelor's first, reports the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. All states require licensing for physical assistants, which includes passing the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination. The licensing requirement adds a little additional time to the process.