Pre-Physician Assistant

Required & Recommended Coursework

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.

Required Recommended
General Biology
BI 111/113, BI 112/114
CH 341/343
Anatomy & Physiology
BI 131/133, BI 132/134
BI 220
BI 230
Some Schools Require

General Chemistry
CH 151/153, CH 152/154

Organic Chemistry
CH 221/223, CH 222/224
  Genetics:  BI 201/203
Statistics MA 131 and at least one other math course
  English - 6 credits
FY 125 and ENCC 102


Social Sciences: PS 110 and at least one other psychology course

Undergraduate Research & Internships

Undergraduate research in the sciences is strongly recommended. Internships or experiences with PA offices or clinics are strongly encouraged.  Often a letter of recommendation from a PA is needed for your application.  

NB: Students should always check individual med/vet/dent/op schools for individual course requirements. Individual schools have specific undergraduate curriculum requirements. The list above is a generic list.