Physician Assistant Academic Preparation

 PA School Academic Preparation (PDF)

These courses meet the requirements for most physician assistant schools. PA schools generally do not accept AP credit or on-line courses for these required courses. Be sure to check each school’s requirements.

 

No PA school requires a science major, nor are science majors given extra consideration in the admission process. Becoming a competitive PA school applicant requires more than a solid GPA. Be sure you are meeting regularly with your HPAO advisor.

 

One year General Chemistry with Labs

CHEM 200   General Chemistry
Prerequisites: Knowledge of introductory chemistry as demonstrated by completion of CHEM 100 with a grade of C or better, or satisfaction of the Entry-Level Mathematics requirement and qualification on the Chemistry Department Placement Examination.

CHEM 201   General Chemistry
Prerequisite: CHEM 200 or 202 with grade of C or better

 

One year of Biology with Labs

BIOL 203/203L   Principles of Cell & Molecular Biology
Prerequisite: CHEM 200 and satisfaction of the English placement test requirement

BIOL 204/204L   Principles of Organismal Biology
Prerequisite: Satisfaction of the English placement test requirement. Recommended completion of BIOL 203/203L

 

Microbiology

BIOL 350   General Microbiology

Prerequisites: Biology 203, 203L, 204, 204L; Chemistry 232, 232L

 

Physiology

BIOL 261   Human Physiology

Prerequisites: Biology 212. Credit or concurrent registration in Chemistry 102 (or Chemistry 100 and credit or concurrent registration in Chemistry 130).

OR

BIOL 336    Principles of Human Physiology       &       BIOL 436    Human Physiology Laboratory

Prerequisite (336): Completion of the General Education requirement in Foundations of Learning II.A.2. Life Sciences. If a biological sciences course is not taken to satisfy General Education II.A.2. Life Sciences, a college course in biological sciences is required.

Prerequisite (436): Credit or concurrent registration in Biology 336 or 590

OR

BIOL 590    Physiology of Human Systems          &        BIOL 436    Human Physiology Laboratory

Prerequisite (590): Biology 366, Chemistry 365, Physics 180B, 182B

 

Anatomy

BIOL 212    Human Anatomy

Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in Biology 100, 203, or 211.

 

Statistics

Generally any statistics course except Business statistics. Be sure to check each course’s prerequisites.

STATS 119 or STATS 250 or ECON 201 or PSY 280 or BIOL 215

 

 

Psychology

PSY 101     Introductory Psychology 

 

Mathematics

Requirements vary by program (generally satisfied by completing through Algebra).

 

Required by some schools

BIOL 352       Genetics and Evolution

Prerequisites: Biology 203, 203L, 204, 204L, 215. Credit or concurrent registration in Mathematics 124.

CHEM 232/232L    Organic Chemistry
Prerequisite: CHEM 201 with grade of C or better and credit or concurrent enrollment in CHEM 232L

(Some schools may require 2 semesters)

 

Individual physician assistant masters programs vary in each of their course requirements and their hands-on patient experience expectations. You can view specific school requirements through their websites through the PAEA Program Directory here.