Advising Course Plan - Health Sciences Major - Physician Assistant Interest

Physician Assistant (PA)

Those interested in pursuing a career as a Physician Assistant (PA) should plan on completing a common core of prerequisite course work (*), obtaining patient contact hours (some of these hours under the direct supervision of a PA who will, subsequently, be willing to write you a letter of recommendation), and taking the GRE. Some requirements may differ from the ones listed below depending on the PA program in which you may be interested, so please make sure to look at various graduate program requirements for different universities. You will want to begin looking at universities’ requirements during your 1st year as an undergraduate to better prepare you for graduate programs. Of course, you will need to make sure you satisfy all the Health Science (HLSC) major requirements listed in the course catalog (the plan below should allow you to do this).

Most PA programs require at least a 3.0 GPA, with exceptional programs expecting at least a 3.3. Many programs will use the Centralized Application Service for PAs (CASPA) for application submissions:

https://portal.caspaonline.org/

First Year
Fall
BIOL 141P1,*Introductory Biology I: Biochemistry, Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics1
HLSC 219W1Health and Wellness1
FSEM 1001First Year Seminar (unless transfer student)1
ENGL 1011Writing and Rhetoric (unless otherwise determined; or General Education Requirement (A, B, H, L))1
 Term Units4
Spring
BIOL 142P1,*Introductory Biology II: Animal and Plant Physiology1
PSYC 101S1,*Introduction to Psychology1
General Education Requirement (A, B, H, L course) or elective or recommended course1,21
General Education Requirement (A, B, H, L course)11
 Term Units4
Summer II
Plan on setting up opportunities for patient contact hours. 
 Term Units0
Second Year
Fall
HLSC 201P1Human Anatomy and Physiology I1
CHEM 141P*General Chemistry I1
BIOL 3011,*Microbiology (HLSC elective)1
General Education Requirement (A, B, H, L course)1
 Term Units4
Spring
HLSC 2021Anatomy and Physiology II1
CHEM 142P*General Chemistry II1
General Education Requirement (A, B, H, L course) or elective or recommended course1,31
General Education Requirement (A, B, H, L course) or elective1
 Term Units4
Third Year
Summer I
Plan on setting up opportunities for patient contact hours. 
NOTE: If you take HLSC 375, HLSC 376, and HLSc 377 and you’ve been taking 16 credits per semester up to this point, then you will need to make up 1.5 units (i.e., 6 credits) at some point across your junior & senior years in order to complete the required 128 credits to graduate. 
 Term Units0
Fall
Junior Seminar must be taken during this year. 
HLSC 3091Research Methods in the Health Sciences1
CHEM 2011,*Organic Chemistry I (HLSC elective)1
HLSC 3751,*Community Health Care Seminar (HLSC elective; recommended)0.5
Junior Seminar or General Education Requirement (A, B, H, L course) or elective or recommended course1,41
 Term Units3.5
Spring
HLSC 4981Senior Research Proposal1
PUBH 308QHealth and Medical Statistics1
General Education Requirement (A, B, H, L course) or elective or recommended course51
PUBH 376Health Coach Practicum I0.5
 Term Units3.5
Summer II
Take the GRE in preparation for PA school applications - by the end of summer before Fourth Year. 
 Term Units0
Fourth Year
Fall
HLSC 4991Senior Research Project1
General Education Requirement (A, B, H, L course) or elective or recommended course1,61
HLSC 4111Exercise Physiology1
PUBH 377Health Coach Practicum II (HLSC elective; recommended)0.5
 Term Units3.5
Spring
PHIL 316E1Bio-Medical Ethics (or equivalent; HLSC elective; or other Personal & Social Responsibility course (R, E, W, D, J course))1
General Education Requirement (A, B, H, L course) or elective1
General Education Requirement (A, B, H, L course) or elective1
General Education Requirement (A, B, H, L course) or elective1
 Term Units4
Total Unit: 30.5
1

 Required for HLSC major.

2

 Other recommended course: PUBH 240W or IHSC 200W or SOCI 101S.

3

 Other recommended course: BIOL 302.

4

 Other recommended course: PUBH 325.

5

 Other recommended course: CHEM 301.

6

 Other recommended course: PSYC 315.

*

 Common core of prerequisite course work.