Pre Health Programs

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.

You can use the following file as a guideline to organize the prerequisites of the schools you are interested in  (PA_SchoolComparisonSpreadsheet_WCSU). The information for all accredited PA schools is found here

Additional Information: The Connecticut Academy of Physician Assistants maintains a website for all programs in Connecticut. Their website is

Pre-Physician’s Assistant Pathway Sample Four Year Plan


Fall 1

WRT101 Composition I (FY)

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

BIO103 General Biology I (SI)

CHE110 General Chemistry I (SI)

Spring 1

Writing Intensive (WI)

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

BIO104 General Biology II

CHE111 General Chemistry II


Fall 2

COM162 Public Speaking (OC)

Foreign Language Part I (IC)

CHE210 Organic Chemistry I

Major Course

Gen Ed (HW)

Spring 2

PSY100 Intro to Psychology

Foreign Language Part II (IC)

CHE211 Organic Chemistry II (recommended but not required)

Major Course

Gen Ed (CT)


Fall 3

Major Course

Major Course

BIO105 Anatomy & Physiology I

BIO312 Genetics

Spring 3

Major Course

Major Course

BIO106 Anatomy & Physiology II

BIO216 Microbiology


Fall 4

CHE421 Biochemistry I (Macromolecules)

Major Course

Major Course

Major Course

Major Course (W3 & CGE)

Spring 4

Gen Ed (CP)



CHE422 Biochemistry II (Metabolism) (recommended but not required)

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.