Richard A. Henson School of Science & Technology

Physician Assistant Preparation

Preparation for physician assistant requires, first and foremost, that certain pre-requisite courses be completed. In addition, it is important to research the programs you are interested in to determine if health care experience is required and if so, how many hours.Many programs only admit students who have already been working in the health care field in a variety of professions including medical laboratory science, respiratory therapy, nursing, athletic training and many others. A significant number of hours can be required, and often there is a hierarchy of which experiences are given more value. Earned bachelor’s degree professions are usually preferred over associate degree or certificate professions. Professionals with degrees or certificates are usually preferred over candidates who earned hours volunteering, shadowing or working after on-the –job training. Students interested in being physician assistants should give considerable attention to how they plan to accrue the clinical hours necessary for application.

Because the path to physician assistant is complex, we have prepared a 25 minute lecture on the topic at this site, . Students are required to listen to this lecture on their own before coming to their HPAP appointment to discuss their own unique situation

In addition, some programs require the Graduate Record Examination for admission (GRE)new window. It is important to check the programs’ individual website to determine if the GRE is required.

You can choose any undergraduate major, provided that you include the required physician assistant school prerequisite classes in your course of study. You must do very well academically in the area of study that you choose and also in all prerequisite courses. Requirements may vary by school, but the following courses are generally required:

Inorganic Chemistry (1 year with Lab)
CHEM 121, 122

Organic Chemistry
(this requirement varies with program)
CHEM 221 only

Physics (1 semester only)
PHYS 121

BIOL 101 or 210 (depending on major)

BIOL 211

Anatomy and Physiology I and II
BIOL 215 & 216

College Algebra
MATH 135 or 140

MATH 155

PSYC 101 and 300

Edward Mikula
Biology Major
Chemistry Minor
Towson University
Physician Assistant Program

Meghan Smith East
Medical Lab Science Major
Biology Major
Towson University
Physician Assistant Program

Michael Simpson
Allison Kollinger Ross
Biology Major
Earth Science Minor
Duke University
Physician Assistant Program
Michael Simpson
Respiratory Therapy Major,
Master’s in Applied Health Physiology, Salisbury University
Physician Assistant Program,
Eastern VA Medical School

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