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The following courses are the most commonly required by physician assistant schools as prerequisites. Students should always check their prerequisite classes against their top choices of schools, as schools do vary by requirement.
Listed here are core prerequisite courses for schools in and around the Pacific Northwest. Although most schools require similar prerequisites, they all differ slightly and required clinical hours range from 0 to 4,000 hours. Additionally, there is some flexibility in the science requirements for Washington schools, so it is imperative that students seek advising to determine coursework and major course of study. It is strongly recommended that students go beyond the minimum requirements to be a competitive applicant.
Core Prerequisites (Required C or better for most schools):
In addition, coursework in the following is recommended for many programs:
|Clinical Healthcare Experience|
A minimum of 1-2 years (approximately 2,000-4,000 hours accumulated as of the October deadline) of health care experience in a position of responsibility is expected of all applicants. Students should always check the amount of experience required by their top choices of schools, as schools do vary by requirement.
Some examples of acceptable health care experience are:
Please note that Medex Northwest (University of Washington) requires 4,000 hours of paid direct patient care experience. Here is a link to a helpful FAQ to better understand their specific requirements :