This program has been designed to combine a solid theoretical foundation in the sciences with clinical education experiences to prepare students for admission into post-graduate professional physician assistant programs.

Major requirements total a minimum of 57 hours. This includes 25 hours in the required Biology courses, 28 hours in supporting courses, 3 hours of Bioethics courses, and at least one hour of clinical (professional) experience.

Required Courses for General Education
BIO 111General Biology4
CH 111General Chemistry I4
MA 121Calculus and Analytic Geometry I4
Required Courses for Major
Required Biology Courses:
BIO 112Biology: Plant and Animal Kingdoms4
BIO 310Microbiology4
BIO 340Human Anatomy and Physiology I4
BIO 341Human Anatomy and Physiology II4
BIO 410Biology Seminar1
BIO 420Cell and Molecular Biology4
BIO 315Genetics4
or BIO 430 Developmental Biology
Required Supporting Courses:
CH 112General Chemistry II4
CH 211Organic Chemistry I4
CH 212Organic Chemistry II4
HS 161Medical Terminology1
HS 360General Medical Conditions in the Physically Active3
MA 285XStatistics3
or MA 280X Introductory Statistics
PHY 111General Physics I4
PHY 112General Physics II4
Required Bioethics Courses:
BE 474XIntroduction to Bioethics3
or BE 476X Undergraduate Bioethics Institute
Required Clinical Hours 1
HS 480Professional Rotation in Health Sciences 21-6
Highly Recommended (Required by many physician assistant schools):
Responding to Emergencies and Sport Safety Training
Select at least one of the following psychology courses:
Child Development
Psychology of Adolescence
Adult Development
Recommended (Required by some physician assistant schools):
Abnormal Psychology
Business Communication
Writing for the Media I
Total Hours68-73

Minimum Requirement is 1000 hours and may be more depending on the physician assistant program


Clinical hours must be supervised by a licensed health care practitioner with emphasis given to hours supervised by a physician or physician assistant. Some programs require more than one site. Clinical hours must include patient contact. Registration for HS 480 credit must occur prior to the clinical experience. This requirement satisfies the professional experience requirement. Requirements for acceptance vary among physician assistant schools. By the first semester of the sophomore year, students should contact possible physician assistant schools for information regarding prerequisite coursework required for admission. Courses may then be selected from the recommended courses.