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 2019, their prerequisites need to be completed by December 31, 2018.

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

Biological Sciences
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
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
1 course - cannot be substituted with calculus or algebra, biostatistics accepted
minimum of 3 semester credits or 4 quarter credits
Psychology or Sociology
1 Psychology or Sociology course
Minimum of 3 semester credits or 4 quarter credits 
Recommended Additional Coursework for Academic Preparation
Pharmacology, Medical Terminology, Spanish, Abnormal Psychology, Development Psychology, Aging and Disabilities, Public Health, Technical Writing, Communications.

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, you can print the form and fill out by hand.

If you have questions about prerequisites, please contact:

Leah Baldwin
leahbaldwin@pacificu.edu | 503-352-7224

To submit the worksheet:

Email gradadmissions@pacificu.edu
Fax (503) 352-7290

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