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|
|Chemistry||variable with three to four semesters with lab often required, including general, organic chemistry, and/or biochemistry (sometimes at upper level)||CH 125 or CH 126
|Must take placement diagnostic. Schools that require two semesters of general chemistry will typically count CH 341 as the second semester (CH 115 does not fulfill the requirement).|
|General biology||two semesters with lab||BI 107 BI 108|
|Microbiology||one semester||BI 246|
|Genetics||one semester||BI 245|
|Anatomy and physiology||two semesters with lab||HP 126 HP 127||Although HP 126 is offered in the fall and HP 127 is offered in the spring you do not need to take the courses in that order.|
|Upper-level physiology||one semester||HP 311 or BI 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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