Prerequisite Coursework & Unofficial Evaluation

Admitted students must be able to provide a final official transcript showing all prerequisite courses completed prior to May 1 of the year of entry.

Biological Sciences - 11 semester hours

Year-long series of Human Anatomy and Human Physiology with Labs which must be completed within seven years from matriculation. This may be satisfied with either a combined series of A&P with labs or separate semesters of Anatomy (lab required) and Physiology (lab recommended)

1 Microbiology or Bacteriology course (Lab not required)
Chemistry - 11 semester hours
Year-long series of General Chemistry with labs (may not be introductory courses)
1 Organic or Biochemistry course (Lab not required)
Statistics - 3 semester hours
1 course - cannot be substituted with calculus or algebra
General Psychology or Sociology - 3 semester hours
1 Psychology or Sociology course
Recommended Additional Coursework
Pharmacology, Medical Terminology, Spanish, Abnormal Psychology, Development Psychology, Aging and Disabilities, Public Health, Technical Writing, Communications.
Conversion of Hours (Semester hours vs. Quarter hours)

Note: All quarter hours must be converted into semester hours.

Quarter Hours divided by 1.5 equals Semester Hours

Example: 5 quarter hours = 3.33 semester hours

Unofficial Prerequisite Evaluation Worksheet

The Unofficial Prerequisite Evaluation Worksheet (PDF, updated July 2014) is to help you determine which prerequisites you have fulfilled and those which you have remaining to meet the prerequisite coursework for the School of Physician Assistant Studies.

Please note: You must use Adobe Reader to fill out the worksheet. If you do not have the software (available for free here: you can print the form and fill out by hand.

If you have questions about prerequisites, please contact:

Leah Baldwin


To submit the worksheet:

Fax (503) 352-7290

Pacific University
Office of Admissions
190 SE 8th Avenue, Ste. 181
Hillsboro, Oregon, 97123 USA

Bachelor’s Degree Completion Option

Pacific University is dedicated to finding and educating the best future practitioners. Pacific acknowledges the non-traditional route to the PA profession and is excited to offer a Bachelor’s Degree Completion Option for those that won’t obtain a Bachelor’s Degree prior to enrollment. Initially designed for veterans and other non-traditional students, the option is open to all students. While a bachelor’s degree is not required, it can make an applicant more competitive.

Applicants seeking admission under the Bachelor’s Degree Completion Option need to meet all regular requirements and complete the regular admissions process.  The applicant needs at least 86 college level semester credits at the time of application, including all prerequisites. Two science or statistics prerequisite courses can be in progress or incomplete at the time of application but need to be complete prior to May 1 of the year of entry.

If an applicant is admitted under the Bachelor’s Degree Completion Option, they will automatically earn credit towards a bachelor’s degree during their first year in the Physician Assistant program. At the end of the first year they will be awarded a Bachelor’s degree from Pacific University and will complete the program as any other student. They will graduate with a Master’s of Science in Physician Assistant Studies.

There is no separate application process for applicants applying through the Bachelor’s Degree Completion Option. If you have any questions, please contact us.


English Language Proficiency Policy

A satisfactory command of the English language is required for admission to Pacific University,  prior to admission. Please note that this requirement applies to all applicants if english is not their native language, including permanent residents and citizens.


Valid Proof of English Language Proficiency

The following criteria represent different ways to prove English proficiency for this program.

Minimum Test Score Requirements





600 overall

Minimum per section:

54-55 reading

55 listening

55 structure/written expression

250 overall

Minimum per section:

21 reading

22 listening

22 structure/writing

100 overall
Minimum per section:
20 reading
21 listening
22 writing

22 speaking

7.0 overall

Minimum sub scores per section:


Invalid Proof of English Language Proficiency

The following criteria represent different ways that indicate insufficient English skills to join this program.