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Pre-Physician Assistant

Pre-Physician Assistant (PA) students can major in any subject as long as they fulfill the pre-requisite courses of the PA schools that they apply to.  EKU currently has two majors with Pre-Physician Assistant concentrations.  Find the curriculum planners for those concentrations online here. Learn more about becoming a PA here.  Watch the American Academy of PA's "What is a PA?" video to learn more about this growing profession.

Important Dates

PA school application deadlines vary and are available online here. Students generally apply to PA school one full academic year before they plan to attend (for example spring of junior year), but timing ultimately depends on the deadlines and start times of the a student's preferred program.

Physician Assistant Program Prerequisite Courses

  • Cell & Molecular Biology:  BIO 111
  • General Chemistry I:  CHE 111/111L
  • General Chemistry II:  CHE 112/112L
  • Organic Chemistry I:  CHE 361/361L
  • Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy: BIO 342
  • Comparative Vertebrate Physiology & Lab:  BIO 348
  • Microbiology:  BIO 320
  • Statistics:  STA 270 or STA 215
  • Psychology:  PSY 200
  • Developmental Psychology:  PSY 280
  • Sociology:  SOC 131
  • Medical Terminology:  HSA 200

Recommended Courses

  • General Zoology:  BIO 319
  • Genetics:  BIO 315
  • Cell Biology:  BIO 331
  • Immunology:  BIO 527
  • Histology:  BIO 546

Clinical and Shadowing Experiences

Many PA programs recommend or require significant previous experience shadowing a PA, along with direct patient contact in a medical discipline.

It is vital to research all programs of interest to ensure that all prerequisite courses and experience requirements are met before applying.

Other Recommended Activities

  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Leadership Positions

American Academy of PAs

Central Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA)

CASPA Help Center

Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

PA Focus

Physician Assistant Education Association

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