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Prerequisite Courses

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.

  • MATH 153, 154 (Pre-Calculus)
  • MATH 172, 173 (Calculus)
  • PHYS 111, 112, 113 (Introductory Physics) OR PHYS 181, 182, 183 (General Physics)
  • BIOL 181, 182, 183 with labs (General Biology)
  • CHEM 181, 182, 183 with labs (General Chemistry)
  • CHEM 361, 362, 363 with labs (Organic Chemistry)
  • CHEM 431, 432 with lab (Biochemistry recommended)
  • BIOL 322 (Microbiology)
  • BIOL 355, 356 with labs (Anatomy and Physiology)
  • PSY 101, 313 (General or Developmental Psychology)
  • PSY 362 (Introductory Statistics), BIOL 213 (Bio-statistics), OR MATH 311 (Statistical Concepts and Methods)*MATH 130 is a pre-requisite

In addition, coursework in the following is strongly recommended:

  • BIOL 201 (Human Physiology)
  • BIOL 321 (Genetics)
  • BIOL 352 (Parasitology)
  • BIOL 353 (Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy)
  • BIOL 354 (General Vertebrate Embryology)
  • BIOL 422 (Immunology)
  • BIOL 430 (Cellular Biology)
  • BIOL 455 (Zoophysiology)
  • PHIL 210 (Current Ethical Issues)
  • PHIL 308 (Medical Ethics)

  
Students should also take humanities and social sciences electives, such as Sociology, Psychology, Humanities, or Literature.

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.