Prerequisite Coursework | Physician Assistant Studies

All prerequisite courses must be completed by December 31st of the year prior to entering the Program. For example, if an applicant is applying for entry in May 2018, their prerequisites need to be completed by December 31, 2017.

Credit will be accepted from any regionally accredited institution including universities, community college and online courses.

Biological Sciences - 10 semester credits which must include the following courses:
Year-long series of Human Anatomy and Human Physiology with Labs. This may be satisfied with either a combined series of A&P with labs or separate terms of Anatomy (lab required) and Physiology (lab recommended). The last term of A&P must be done within seven years from matriculation.
1 Microbiology or Bacteriology course (Lab not required)
Chemistry - 10 semester credits which must include the following courses:
Year-long series of General Chemistry with labs (may not be introductory courses, upper level may be substituted)
1 Organic or Biochemistry course (Lab not required, may not be a combined course)
-strongly prefer a course that requires a year of General Chemistry as a prerequisite
Statistics - 3 semester credits (one course)
1 course - cannot be substituted with calculus or algebra, biostatistics accepted
3 semester credits or 4 quarter credits are acceptable
Psychology or Sociology - 3 semester credits (one course)
1 Psychology or Sociology course
3 semester credits or 4 quarter credits are acceptable
Recommended Additional Coursework for Academic Preparation
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 Worksheet (pdf) 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. It is not a requirement to fill out or submit the worksheet, but simply a tool if you have questions about your prerequisite courses. Please allow two weeks to receive the evaluated worksheet back after you submit it.

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

If you have questions about prerequisites, please contact:

Leah Baldwin | 503-352-7224

To submit the worksheet:

Fax (503) 352-7290

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Office of Admissions
190 SE 8th Avenue, Ste. 181
Hillsboro, OR, 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 Physician Assistant (PA) profession and is excited to offer a Bachelor’s Degree Completion Option for those who 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.

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 90 college level semester credits including all prerequisites from a regionally accredited institution.

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 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.

  • Achieving the minimum required official score on the International Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. Test scores are valid for 2 years after the test date, but will still be considered valid if the score exceeded the minimum requirement and you have maintained continuous residency in the United States since the exam date.
  • Completion of a bachelor's, master’s, doctorate, or professional degree at a regionally accredited college or university in the United States. Degree may be in progress at the time of application as long as it is complete by matriculation. 

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:

  • Test score less than Pacific’s minimum requirement;
  • Test score more than two years old (unless you have lived in the United States since the exam date); or
  • Institutional TOEFL score from any school except Pacific
  • Completion of an English as a Second Language (ESL) program at any school
  • Successful completion of English, writing, or literature courses at any college or university
  • An associate’s degree from a community college in the United States