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Pre-Physician Assistant

Pre-Physician Assistant Requirements


A Bachelor of Science degree is typically required by most schools. Students who are interested in becoming physician assistants will be able to obtain the following courses for application to physician assistant programs. The following courses are required by many schools:

  • BI 111 General Biology: Cells & Genes
  • BI 112 General Biology: Ecology & Evolution
  • BI 220 Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • BI 250 General Microbiology
  • BI 318 Genetics
  • CH 131 General Chemistry I
  • CH 137 General Chemistry II
  • CH 216 Organic Chemistry I
  • CH 217 Organic Chemistry II
  • BI/CH 342 Biochemistry I
  • EN 112 English Composition II
  • MA 155 Elementary Probability and Statistics
  • HE 124 Medical Terminology
  • PY 101 Introduction to Psychology

Many schools recommend ethics, molecular cell biology (BI 345), and a foreign language.

Valuable resources for applicants to physician assistant programs:

Central Application Service


Standardized Entrance Exam


Additional Information:

Students should have extensive clinical exposure prior to applying to PA school. Discuss options with your advisor and with Avila's career services office.

Physician Assistant Education Association

Also: Physician Assistant Education Association

American Academy of Physician Assistants

University of Missouri at Kansas City Physician Assistant Program

Missouri State University Physician Assistant Studies

Wichita State University Department of Physician Assistant


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