• Prerequisite Courses

    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.

    Course Description Length

    Human Anatomy

    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. Prerequisites must be completed within 5 years of matriculation into the UC Physician Assistant Program. (Effective Spring 2020 Application Cycle.)

    1 semester 

    (at least 4 credits including required lab)

    Human Physiology 

    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. Prerequisites must be completed within 5 years of matriculation into the UC Physician Assistant Program. (Effective Spring 2020 Application Cycle.)

    1 semester 

    (at least 4 credits including required lab)

    General Biology 

    General biology course designed for majors. For UC students, BIOL 130 is acceptable.

    1 semester

    (at least 4 credits including required lab)

    Microbiology

    A general Microbiology or Medical Microbiology course is acceptable.  UC students are recommended to take BIOL 331 to fulfill this requirement.

    1 semester

    (at least 4 credits including required lab)

    Chemistry

    Courses in General Chemistry, Chemistry, and Biochemistry will be accepted.

    2 semesters

    (at least 8 credits including required lab)

    Organic Chemistry

    Organic Chemistry I and II

    2 Semesters (at least 8 credits including required lab). (Effective Spring 2020 Application Cycle)

    Statistics

    Course directed towards an understanding of foundational statistics.

    1 semester

    College Algebra or Higher

    Course covering the foundations of Algebra; introductory Calculus or higher is acceptable.

    1 semester

    Psychology

    Introductory, Developmental and Abnormal Psychology courses are acceptable.

    1 semester

    **Biochemistry

    While not required, these courses are strongly recommended. At least one semester
    **Medical Terminology
    Any course in medical terminology  

    ** Suggested coursework

    Direct Admission applicants are required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) to be considered for acceptance.