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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, CHEM 336: Biochemistry, PSYC 101: Introduction to Psychology, and medical terminology.

Program curriculum:

BIOL 172: Molecular Biology 
BIOL 181: Mechanisms of Inheritance 
BIOL 182: Evolution
CHEM 208: Analytical Chemistry
CHEM 208-L: Analytical Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 238: Inorganic Chemistry
CHEM 238-L: Inorganic Chemistry Laboratory
CHEM 315: Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 315-L: Organic Chemistry I Laboratory
CHEM 336: Biochemistry
CHEM 415: Advanced Organic Chemistry
CHEM 415-L: Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory
CORE 101: Drury Seminar
ENGL 207: Expository Writing
MATH 227: Statistics
MATH 231: Calculus I
PHYS 211: General Physics I 
PHYS 212: General Physics II

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