Most physician assistant programs require applicants to have previous healthcare experience and have earned a bachelor’s degree. Although programs vary in length, most require 24-28 months to complete.
Prerequisite course requirements vary by school, and there is significant latitude in the choice of undergraduate degree completed. Students should meet with an advisor to identify which physician assistant programs are of interest and to ensure completion of program prerequisites.
HLTH 110 Introduction to Health Science and Public Health is a Foundational Studies course that is recommended for all students with an interest in health and wellness.
Prerequisite course requirements vary from school to school but typically include biology, chemistry, and psychology. This may include BIOL 227-228, CHEM 111-112, MATH 143, and PSYC 301. Additional beneficial courses may include BIOL 191-192, BIOL 205, BIOL 310, BIOL 320, HLTH 101, CHEM 301 and 308, CHEM 350, PSYC 309 or PSYC 310, and/or statistics. You are encouraged to consult with your advisor, determine which physician assistant programs are of interest, and pattern your coursework to fulfill these specific program requirements. For more information, visit www.aapa.org or https://caspa.liaisoncas.com.