• 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.

    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.

    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

    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, Organic Chemistry, and Biochemistry will be accepted.

    2 semesters

    (at least 8 credits including required lab)

    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 Psychology or Abnormal Psychology is acceptable.

    1 semester

    **Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry

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

    ** 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 292 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/