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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.


The General Records Exam (GRE) is a computer-adaptive test offered hundreds of time per year in a variety of locations. There is a fee-reduction program that discounts the exam by 50% for those who qualify. Please note: You must apply for fee assistance well in advance of taking the GRE, at least 30 days.