All applicants must complete the required prerequisite coursework in the following table prior to matriculation into the Physician Assistant Program. These courses do not have to be completed prior to application, but there must be a feasible plan for their completion prior to the program start date for which application is being made. Under no circumstances will applicants be allowed to begin the Physician Assistant Program if these courses are not completed prior to the program start date.
To be considered for the Physician Assistant Program, all prerequisite courses must be successfully completed with a grade of "C" or better.
Anatomy must be “Human”. Comparative or Vertebrate Anatomy will not be accepted. Two-semester combined Human Anatomy & Physiology course sequences are acceptable but must be completed at the same institution to provide consistency. UC students are recommended to take BIOL 301 and BIOL 302 to fulfill this requirement.
(at least 4 credits including required lab)
Physiology courses must be “Human”. Comparative or Vertebrate Physiology will not be accepted. Two-semester combined Human Anatomy & Physiology course sequences are acceptable but must be completed at the same institution to provide consistency. UC students are recommended to take BIOL 301 and BIOL 302 to fulfill this requirement.
General biology course designed for majors. For UC students, BIOL 130 is acceptable.
A general Microbiology or Medical Microbiology course is acceptable. UC students are recommended to take BIOL 331 to fulfill this requirement.
Courses in General Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, and Biochemistry will be accepted.
(at least 8 credits including required lab)
Course directed towards an understanding of foundational statistics.
College Algebra or Higher
Course covering the foundations of Algebra; introductory Calculus or higher is acceptable.
Introductory, Developmental and Abnormal Psychology courses are acceptable.
** Suggested coursework
Online courses, as well as courses from a community or technical college are acceptable as long as they satisfy the above requirements. Please note that all science courses require a lab component.
Direct Admission applicants are required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), with a combined Verbal and Quantitative score of at least 300 and Analytical Writing of at least 3.0, to be considered for acceptance. For more information please see: http://www.ucwv.edu/Physician-Assistant-Program/PA-Direct-Admission/Application-Requirements/.