Most PA schools require statistics. Some require another math course as well (e.g., Math 112). NOTE: Math 112 is a prerequisite for Chem 103.

For Statistics, we recommend Statistics 301, Statistics 371, or an introductory statistics course in your major department.


General Chemistry

Most schools require 2 semesters with lab. Some require 1 semester with lab. Choose one of the following sequences:

  • Chemistry 103-104
  • Chemistry 109

Organic Chemistry

Most schools require 1 semester, some with lab. Less than 10 schools require 2 semesters. Choose one of the following sequences:

  • Chem 341 & 342: Elementary Organic Chemistry with Lab
  • Chem 343, 344, & 345: Introductory & Intermediate Organic Chemistry with lab


Many schools require 1 semester. A few require 2 semesters. Choose one:

  • Biochemistry 501
  • Biochemistry 507-508

Biological Sciences

General Biology

Choose one of the following sequences:

  • Zoology 101-102 + Additional bio-science course
    • Options include: Genetics, Microbiology, Cell Biology, Immunology
    • Note: you may need to do an additional bio-science course with lab
  • Biology 151-152
  • Biocore: Students must apply to enroll in Biocore. For more information, visit their website.
    • Biocore 381-382 AND 383-384 satisfies Intro to Bio requirements
    • Biocore 485-486 Organismal Biology lecture/lab (Satisfies I/A bio)


Choose one of the following sequences:

  • Microbiology 101-102
  • Microbiology 303-304


  • Physiology (Anat&Phy 335/435 [both include lecture and lab])
  • Anatomy (Anat&Phy 337 [lecture] & 338 [lab])

I/A Bioscience

A number of PA programs recommend immunology, cell or molecular biology, virology, pathophysiology, or other upper-level bio-science coursework.

Behavioral and Social Sciences

PA schools require coursework in psychology and/or human development. Check individual schools for specific requirements. Schools may require one or more of the following:


Most PA schools require an introductory psychology course. Others require one or more of the other courses listed here:

  • Introductory Psychology: Psych 202
  • Human Development: HDFS 262 (HDFS 362 prior to Fall 2023) OR HDFS 263 (HDFS 363 prior to Fall 2023), Ed Psych 320, Psych 460
  • Abnormal Psychology: Psych 405

Social Sciences

  • Introductory Sociology course


Many programs require 3-6 credits of English composition or literature.

Other Coursework

(Not required by all programs):
  • Medical Terminology: Classics 205 or options available off campus
  • Genetics: Genetics 160 or Genetics 466

Patient Care

PA programs also require patient care experience. Patient care is defined as having some level of responsibility for patients. There is a spectrum of these experiences, ranging from some volunteer situations to others for which you earn a license to practice the position (e.g., CNA, EMT). PA programs vary in how many hours they consider to be competitive and what they count as patient care.


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