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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 courses must be “Human” and 200-level or higher. Comparative or Vertebrate anatomy will not be accepted. Two-semester combined Anatomy & Physiology course sequences are acceptable but must be completed at the same institution to provide consistency in content. UC students will be required 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” and 200-level or higher. Comparative or Vertebrate Physiology will not be accepted. Two-semester combined Anatomy & Physiology course sequences are acceptable but must be completed at the same institution to provide consistency in content. UC students will be required 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 or NSCI 120 is acceptable.

1 semester

(at least 4 credits including required lab)

Microbiology

Microbiology must be 200-level or higher. UC students will be required to take BIOL 331 to fulfill this requirement.

1 semester

(at least 4 credits including required lab)

General Chemistry

General chemistry course series designed for Chemistry majors.

2 semesters

(at least 8 credits including required lab)

Statistics

A 100-level or higher course directed towards an understanding of foundational statistics.

1 semester

College Algebra or Higher

A 100-level or higher course covering the foundations of Algebra. An introductory Calculus course or higher is acceptable.

1 semester

Psychology

A 100-level or higher introductory or abnormal psychology course.

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.


 

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