Pre-Physician Assistant

Pre-Physician Assistant

Most schools require the following courses as part of the undergraduate preparation. It is recommended that you select 4 -5 top schools of interest and identify each of their specific prerequisite requirements. In addition to coursework, some schools require a specific number of patient contact or healthcare experience hours.

Requirements  Some Schools Require 


  • BI 111/113 Concepts in Biology I & Lab
  • BI 112/114 Concepts in Biology II & Lab
  • BI 206/208 Anatomy and Physiology I & Lab
  • BI 207/209 Anatomy and Physiology II & Lab
  • BI 230 Microbiology & Lab


  • BI 201/203 Genetics with Lab


  • CH 151/153 General Chemistry I & Lab
  • CH 152/154 General Chemistry II & Lab
  • CH 221/223 Organic Chemistry I & Lab
  • CH 341/343 Biochemistry I & Lab*

*Biochemistry has a pre-requisite of CH 222/224 Organic Chemistry II & Lab


  • FY 125 Freshman Seminar
  • EN 201 Experiencing Literature


  • MA 131 Statistics


  • MA 140 PreCalculus

Social Sciences

  • PS 110 Intro to Psychology


  • 3 additional Psychology credits

Undergraduate Research & Internships

Undergraduate research in the sciences is strongly recommended. Internships or experiences with PA offices or clinics are required for your application. Often a letter of recommendation from a PA is needed for your application. Schools have a minimum requirement for clinical hours and each school varies. Students can achieve clinical hours in many ways; the following are the most common examples:

  • Military medic or corpsman
  • Back Office Medical Assistant  (MA)
  • Certified Nurses’ Aide (CNA)
  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT)
  • Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN/LVN)
  • Paramedic
  • Radiological Technician
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Physical Therapy Aide

Students should always check individual PA schools for individual course requirements. Individual schools have specific undergraduate curriculum requirements. The list above is a generic one.