Farragut healthcare pair create new biz for PA students

Two Farragut residents and certified physician assistants have launched a business to help students get accepted into physician assistant programs.

“Our mission is to serve pre-PA students who want to get into PA school,” stated Katie Bean, a physician assistant with an emergency medicine background who has teamed up with Beth Macintire to start

“We provide tips, motivation and advice to help them achieve their goals.”

Macintire and Bean also have earned advanced degrees in the field. Macintire earned a Doctorate of Medical Science degree in education, and Bean holds a DMS in clinical medicine.

After working several years in the field, the founders of Pre-PA Clinic saw a need for this service and published a book with behind-the-scenes information on the admission process.

“The field of physician assistant studies is rapidly expanding,” Macintire stated. “PAs are mid-level healthcare providers that routinely take patient his tories, conduct physical examinations, order and interpret tests, prescribe medications and create treatment plans for their patients.

“PAs work in all areas of medicine from the surgical operating room to home and palliative care,” she added.

Macintire stated they also edit and advise on personal statements and offer one-on-one application reviews, where they give advice on how to improve a student’s chance at getting accepted into a program. houses tools for students, such as books, interview guides and Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants application review.

They are accessible on Instagram @PrePAClinic, where they offer free tips, question-and-answer sessions, motivation and subject matter reviews.

To become a certified physician assistant, students need a master’s degree from an accredited PA program and must pass a national exam, known as PANCE, after graduation.

“With the demand for healthcare services expected to continue increasing, Macintire stated the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects the physician assistant profession “to grow over 30 percent from 2019 to 2029.”

For more information, contact Macintire at 706-399-2545 or

Salaries for physicians also are increasing, according to the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. “Certified physician assistants earned an average salary of $113,186 in 2019,” the Commission stated. “That’s up from $110, 567 in 2018 and an increase of 15 percent from 2013.”