Pre-Physician’s Assistant Pathway (27 credits of Math/Science courses)

Pre-Physician’s Assistant Pathway (27 credits of Math/Science courses)

The pre-requisites for physician assistant programs can vary.  It is important for students to determine the specific requirements for each physician assistant program they wish to apply to, in consultation with a pre-health advisor.   Most physician assistant programs require the following courses:

Other recommended and/or required courses:

Other Requirements:
Schools require between 500 – 3000 hours of relevant patient care experience (paramedic, EMT, nurse, ER tech, CNA, etc).  The GRE (graduate record examination) is required by some schools.  

Physician Assistant programs are highly competitive.   While most schools require a minimum GPA of 3.0 to apply, a higher GPA is necessary to be considered.  The national average science GPA of students entering into a Physician Assistant program is 3.3.

Pre-Physician’s Assistant Pathway Sample Four Year Plan



Fall I

Spring I

WRT101 Composition I (FY)

Writing Intensive (WI)

MAT170 Calculus with Review or                   MAT181 Calculus I (QR)*

MAT171 Calculus I with Review OR                       MAT115 Biostatistics OR MAT120 Statistics (QR)

BIO103 General Biology I (SI)

BIO104 General Biology II

CHE110 General Chemistry I (SI)

CHE111 General Chemistry II

Fall 2

Spring 2

COM162 Public Speaking (OC)

PSY100 Intro to Psychology

Foreign Language Part I (IC)

Foreign Language Part II (IC)

CHE210 Organic Chemistry I

CHE211 Organic Chemistry II

Major Course

Major Course

Gen Ed  (HW)

Gen Ed (CT)

Fall 3

Spring 3

Major Course

Major Course

Major Course

Major Course

BIO105 Anatomy & Physiology I

BIO106 Anatomy & Physiology II

BIO312 Genetics

BIO216 Microbiology

Fall 4

Spring 4

BIO421 Biochemistry Lecture

Gen Ed (CP)

Major Course


Major Course


Major Course

Major OR Free Elective

Major Course (W3 & CGE)

Free Elective OR MAT115 or MAT120 Statistics



*Students who did not take pre-calculus in high school are encouraged to take MAT133 Pre-calculus during the summer prior to the start of this program.

Taking multiple lab sciences in a semester can be very challenging. You may wish to reduce your course load and take some courses in the summer.  Speak with your advisor about this possibility.