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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 1 semester with lab* CH 125 *must take placement test
Organic Chemistry 2 semesters with lab

CH 221

CH 222

 
Biochemistry 1 semester

CH 341

- Metabolism not covered in CH 341. Coverage in BI 246, CH 342, EX 361A and EX 361I

General Biology 2 semesters with lab

BI 105

BI 106

 
Microbiology 1 semester

BI 246

 
Genetics 1 semester

BI 245

 
Anatomy & Physiology 2 semesters with lab

EX 126

EX 127

 
Upper Level Physiology 1 semester

EX 311 or 361

BI 305 or 306

 
Psychology 1 semester PS 101  

Always check for specific course requirements for each school you are going to apply to- this is only a guide!

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.

Tests

The General Records Exam (GRE) is a computer adaptive test that is 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.

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