Physician Assistant (PA) Course Requirements
Always check for specific course requirements for each school you are going to apply to—this is only a guide.
|Class||Semesters||Skidmore Course (s)||Notes|
|General chemistry||one semester with lab*||CH 125||*Must take placement test.|
|Organic chemistry||two semesters with lab||CH 221 CH 222|
|Biochemistry||one semester||CH 341||Metabolism not covered in CH 341. Coverage in BI 246, CH 342, EX 361A and EX 361I.|
|General biology||two semesters with lab||BI 105 BI 106|
|Microbiology||one semester||BI 246|
|Genetics||one semester||BI 245|
|Anatomy and physiology||two semesters with lab||EX 126 EX 127|
|Upper-level physiology||one semester||EX 311 or 361 BI 305 or 306|
|Psychology||one semester||PS 101|
Physician assistants deliver a range of medical and surgical services in private practices/clinics, hospitals, HMO's, and federal government agencies/the armed forces. Some physician assistants pursue additional education in a specialty. A physician assistant must be a graduate of an accredited program and certified by the NCCPA to pursue this option.
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