About the Pre-Physician Assistant Program

A physician assistant is a licensed health care professional who works under the supervision of M.D. or D.O. to perform many of the tasks that were once carried out solely by doctors. Physician assistants can perform physical exams, diagnose and treat illnesses, order and interpret tests, counsel patients on preventative health care, assist in surgery, and in most states, even write prescriptions. As a student you can expect to spend 27 months training both in the clinic and in the classroom once you’ve completed your undergraduate degree. Requirements beyond core classes include: BIOL 205 Human Anatomy, BIOL 206 Human Physiology, BIOL 208 Microbiology, BIOL 324 Molecular Biology, BIOL/CHEM 336 Biochemistry, PSYC 101 Introduction to Psychology, and medical terminology.

Program curriculum:

CORE 101: Drury Seminar
BIOL 172: Molecular Biology
BIOL 181: Mechanisms of Inheritance
CHEM 208/L: Analytical Chemistry
CHEM 238/238L: Inorganic Chemistry
MATH 227: Statistics
CHEM: 315/315L Organic Chemistry
CHEM: 415/415L Advanced Organic Chemistry
BIOL 336: Biochemistry
BIOL 208: Microbiology
BIOL 205: Human Anatomy
BIOL 206: Human Physiology
PSYC 101: Principles of Psychology
BIOL 305: Medical Terminology
BIOL 324: Cell and Molecular Biology

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