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PRE-physician assistant ACADEMIC COURSEWORK

The following courses are the minimum required by most PA schools. There are several Physician Assistant Programs in the state of Ohio, and an online directory of programs can be found on the Physican Assistant Education Association Directory.

It is highly recommended that you make an appointment with your pre-professional advisor prior to enrolling in any prerequisites for PA school. A pre-professional advisor will review your plans, your progress and discuss future courses of action. 


Intro Biology I/II and Labs

  • BIO 200/201/202/203


  • BIO 306/307 or CHM 402


Microbiology and Lab

  • BIO 264/265 or 416/417


  • BIO 310/311 

A&P I/II or Human Gross Anatomy and Clinical Physiology

  • BIO 266/267/268/269 or HSC 475/457 & HSC 422/450

General Chemistry I/II and Labs 

  • CHM 261/262/266/267


Organic Chemistry I/II and Labs

  • CHM 331/336/332/337

College Physics I and Lab

  • PHY 221/231

Intro to Psychology & Abnormal Psychology or Lifespan Development

  • PSY 101 & 345 or PSY 223 (depends on schools)

Medical Terminology

  • HSC 203


  • STA 147


Additional Course Recommendations:

Please see Pre-Professional Health Programs and the online Physician Assistant Directory.

The above list is not comprehensive and some schools require less than the suggestions listed above. Each PA school may have slightly different requirements and it is the responsibility of the student to take prerequisite courses according to the schools he or she plans to apply to.  The suggestions above represent the prerequisite requirement for PA Programs in the state of Ohio.

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