Physician Assistant

In general, PA programs require most of the following courses, though each school has variations on this, and may require additional courses. Refer to the Physician Assistant Program Directory for specific information or check with a specific PA program.

Minimum Required Courses:

  • General Biology - 1 year
  • General Chemistry - 1 year
  • Organic Chemistry - 1 year
  • Statistics
  • Human Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Microbiology
  • Genetics
  • Biochemistry
  • General Psychology
  • Abnormal Psychology
  • Sociology
  • English Composition
  • English Literature
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Medical Terminology

Note that the GRE is required for all PA programs with Master's programs, and all of the programs require medical experience (often, 1000 hours of experience is required, 2000 is common, and some require more hours, although a few schools are now accepting students with fewer hours).

Physician Assistant Program Directory (about $35) lists all the PA programs and their requirements. This is critical to have for reference as you plan your PA preparation, budgets, and course work. It is available from the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) .

AAPA web site (American Academy of Physician Assistants)

Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA) Students NEED to check with the individual school(s) they are applying to for additional information about supplemental applications or other application requirements.