Students should earn at least 120 credit hours and a B.S. or B.A. degree to be competitive for admission to physician Assistant school. It is recommended that elective hours be taken from general education core requirements or a selected bachelor’s degree program. Entrance into physician assistant programs is very competitive and is not guaranteed solely by completing the prerequisite coursework outlined below. Consult with your advisor regularly about academic and non-academic factors associated with physician assistant program admissions.
A course in College Algebra (MATH 1130) or higher and a course in Statistics fulfills the math requirements at most PA schools.
Physician Assistant Master’s Degree Programs require a Bachelor’s degree prior to admission.
The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) must be taken for most PA programs.
Health care experience hours, especially those that require direct patient interaction, are required by most PA programs. Job shadowing with a PA is also highly recommended.
Additional recommended courses for competitive entry into Physician Assistant Programs include: Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Immunology, Embryology, Parasitology, Psychology, and other advanced Biology and Chemistry courses.