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With this thread, I am attempting to create a one-stop-shop for everyone's prerequisite questions, by compiling a complete list of every PA program's prereqs and experience requirements, as well as the location of each program. It would be nice if someone stickied this, and everyone can feel free to contribute. I apologize for the sporadic capitalization, I hand-typed all of this, as copying and pasting was far too messy and inconsistent. My first post is the nine schools in New England, since it's kind of the area I know the most about. I'm going to try and group schools by geographic area, except in the case of states like New York and California, which have so many programs they merit posts of their own. I hope someone out there finds this helpful. This is quite a project and will likely take a few weeks to complete, but I'll have it all done as soon as I can.

 

Now for the list!

 

Quinnipiac University

Hamden, CT

27 Month Program

B.S. or B.A. Prior to Application

Anatomy and Physiology (8 Credits)

Microbiology (4 Credits)

Biology (Human or Mamallian, 4 Credits)

General Chemistry (8 Credits)

Organic or Biochemistry (4 Credits)

College Algebra, Statistics, or Equivalent (3 Credits)

Minimum CGPA of 3.00 and SGPA of 3.00

Minumum 2,000 Hours of Direct Patient Care

 

Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut

27 Month Program

B.S. or B.A. Prior to Application

General Biology (4 Credits)

General Chemistry (4 Credits)

Organic OR Biochemistry (4 Credits

Anatomy and Physiology, 200+ Level (4 Credits)

Biology, 300-400 Level, taken at a Four Year Institution (8 Credits)

GRE

Minimum SGPA of 3.0

Patient Care Experience Preferred

Courses Do Not Expire

 

University of New England

Biddeford, Maine

24 Month Program

At Least 90 Credits from Accredited Instution(s) for Application, B.S or B.A. Prior to Matriculation

General Biology (8 Credits) OR Advanced Biology (6 Credits)

General Chemistry (8 Credits

Anatomy and Physiology (8 Credits)

English (6 Credits, 3 of which must be in Composition)

Advanced Courses in A+P, Pathophysiology, Microbiology, Statistics, Physics, Biochemistry, and Computer Science are Highly Recommended

No Prereqs with a Grade of Less than C are Acceptable

Minimum CGPA of 3.0, SGPA of 3.0

250 Hours of Direct Patient Care

PA Shadowing HIGHLY Recommended and Will Consider Favorably

 

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Boston Campus

Boston, MA

30 Month Program

B.S. or B.A. Prior to Application

General Biology with At Least One Lab (7-8 Credits)

Microbiology (4 Credits)

Chemistry with At Least One Lab (7-8 Credits)

Biochemistry (3 Credits)

Human Anatomy and Physiology (6 Credits)

Psychology (3 Credits)

Statistics or Biostatistics (3 Credits)

Each Course Must Have an Individual Grade of C or Better

Minimum CGPA of 2.8, PGPA of 3.0

All Prerequisite Courses Completed within Last Ten Years, Reviewed on Case-by-Case Basis

Patient Care Experience Strongly Recommended but Not Required

 

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Worcester Campus

Worcester, MA

24 Month Program

B.S. or B.A. Prior to Application

General Chemistry (4 Credits)

Anatomy and Physiology (8 Credits)

Organic Chemistry (4 Credits)

Biochemistry (3 Credits)

Microbiology (4 Credits)

Statistics (3 Credits)

Introduction to Psychology (3 Credits)

Immunology and Genetics are Highly Recommended

All Prerequisite Courses Completed within Last Ten Years, Reviewed on Case-by-Case Basis

Shadowing of a Practicing PA for at Least 50 Hours is Strongly Recommended

May Apply to Worcester, CT or Manchester, NH Program, But Not Both. Boston, MA Program is a Separate Entity and May Also Be Applied to Concurrently with Either the Manchester or Worcester Programs.

No Health Care Experience Requirement

CGPA of 2.75, SGPA of 2.75, PGPA of 3.00

 

Northeastern University

Boston, MA

24 Month Program

B.S. or B.A. Prior to Application

General Chemistry for Premedical or Science Majors with at Least One Lab (7-8 Credits)

General Biology for Premedical or Science Majors with at Least One Lab (7-8 Credits)(Microbiology Can Substitute for One Biology Course, 3-4 Credits)

Human Anatomy and Physiology, No Laboratory Required, Must Cover All Body Systems (6 Credits)

Statistics (3 Credits)

All science prerequisites must have been completed at a four year institution. Biology and chemistry must have been completed within the last seven years. Anatomy and physiology must have been completed within the last four years. There is no time limitation for statistics, and it may be completed at either a two or four year institution.

AP credits are not accepted as prerequisites, but students that have AP credit and have taken advanced courses in biology and chemistry may substitute them in place f the basic courses.

If biology and chemistry were taken more than seven years ago, more advanced and recent courses may be accepted, if taken in the last seven years at a four-year institution.

2,000 Hours of Patient Care Experiend Required, Full-Time Experience Preferred over Part-Time

No GPA requirement was listed, but all prerequisites must be completed with a grade of B or better.

 

Springfield College

Springfield, MA

27 Month Program

B.S. or B.A. Prior to Application

General Chemistry (8 Credits)

Biology (8 Credits)

College Algebra or Higher (3 Credits

The Following Courses must Have Been Successfully Completed Within 7 Years of Enrollment

Human Anatomy and Physiology (8 Credits)

Microbiology (3 Credits)

Organic Chemistry (3 Credits)

Biochemistry (3 Credits)

Statistics (3 Credits)

Minimum CGPA of 3.0, SGPA of 3.0

Minimum of 220 Hours of Healthcare-Related Experience

Minimum of 30 Hours of PA Observation

Of special note, Springfield's PA program is primarily a five-year track, starting in a student's freshman year. There are a very limited number of graduate positions open (generally 5-10), and these fill very quickly. Obviously, this leads to graduate postions being extremely competetive to get into.

 

Franklin Pierce University *PROVISIONAL*

Rindge, NH

27 Month Program

B.S. or B.A. Prior to Application

Anatomy and Physiology (8 Credits)

Chemistry (8 Credits)

Biology (4 Credits)

Microbiology (4 Credits)

Statistics or Calculus (3 Credits)

Psychology (3 Credits)

Genetics, Immunology, Organic Chemistry, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Nutrition, and Sociology are Strongly Recommended

Minimum CGPA of 2.8, SGPA of 3.0

CGPA or SGPA of 3.5 or above, Gold Key International, National Scholars Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi, and Phi Beta Kappa are Highly Favorable

Research, Publications, Presentations, Advanced Degrees or Training, or a Combination of Three Basic Healthcare Certifications, Such as CPR, EMT, CNA, etc, are Highly Favorable

Health-Care Experience Preferred, but Not Required

Will Make Minimum GPA Exception if Last 60 Credits were 3.3 GPA or Higher

This is a provisionally accredited program, and might or might not continue to be accredited after 2012. While the loss of accredation is unlikely, it is a possibility, and should be considered.

 

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Manchester Campus

Manchester, NH

24 Month Program

B.S. or B.A. Prior to Application

General Chemistry (4 Credits)

Anatomy and Physiology (8 Credits)

Organic Chemistry (4 Credits)

Biochemistry (3 Credits)

Microbiology (4 Credits)

Statistics (3 Credits)

Introduction to Psychology (3 Credits)

Immunology and Genetics are Highly Recommended

All Prerequisite Courses Completed within Last Ten Years, Reviewed on Case-by-Case Basis

Shadowing of a Practicing PA for at Least 50 Hours is Strongly Recommended

May Apply to Worcester, CT or Manchester, NH Program, But Not Both. Boston, MA Program is a Separate Entity and May Also Be Applied to Concurrently with Either the Manchester or Worcester Programs.

No Health Care Experience Requirement

CGPA of 2.75, SGPA of 2.75, PGPA of 3.00

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Got Michigan done for you! (Hope you don't mind)

 

Central Michigan University

Mt. Pleasant, MI

27 Month Program

Degree Awarded: Master of Science in Physician Assistant (MSPA)

B.S. or B.A. Prior to Matriculation

Anatomy w/ Lab

Physiology w/ Lab

Pathophysiology

General Chemistry w/ Lab

Organic Chemistry

Biochemistry

Introductory Psychology

Developmental Psychology

Biostatistics

Minimum CGPA of 3.0, PGPA of 3.0

Prerequisites must be completed within six years of when the program matriculates

A minimum of 100 hours of "hands-on" direct patient care experience is required

GRE Required

Average Stats: CGPA 3.54 PGPA 3.53 PCE 4,563 hours GRE V451 Q557 A4.1

 

Grand Valley State University

Grand Rapids, MI

28 Month Program

Degree Awarded: Master of Physician Assistant Studies (M.P.A.S.)

General Biology

General Chemistry

Genetics

Organic Chemistry

Biochemistry*

Human Anatomy*

Human Physiology*

Statistics

Psychology

Microbiology*

Physics

* These courses must have been completed within the last 5 years

Recommended Courses: Medical Ethics, Pharmacology, Pathophysiology, Nutrition, Computer Science, Cadaver Lab

A minimum grade of “C” must be attained in all prerequisite coursework. Applicants must demonstrate a minimum 3.0 GPA in the prerequisite coursework and in their last 60 hours of coursework to be considered for admission.

500+ hours hands on patient care experience

GRE Not Required

Average Stats: Median CGPA 3.6 PGPA 3.6

 

University of Detroit Mercy

Detroit, MI

24 Month Program

Degree Type: Masters

B.S. or B.A. Prior to Matriculation

Nutrition

Medical Ethics

Statistics

Advanced Physiology

Microbiology w/ Lab

Developmental Psychology

Minimum CGPA 2.5, Minimum of B- or better in all prerequisites

Prerequisites must be within 6 years prior to application

1 year (1920 hours) of direct PCE by application deadline

GRE Required

Average Stats: CGPA 3.35 GRE 1083 PCE 80 months

 

Wayne State University

Detroit, MI

24 Month Program

Degree Awarded: Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies

B.S. or B.A. Prior to Matriculation

Human Anatomy – 1 course

Human Physiology – 2 courses (one must be above 300 level)

Microbiology w/ Lab – 1 course

Nutrition – 1 course

Chemistry – 2 courses (one must be organic or biochemistry)

Developmental Psychology – 1 course

Basic Statistics – 1 course

English Composition – 2 courses

Medical Terminology – 1 course

Minimum CGPA of 3.0, PGPA of 3.0

If cumulative GPA is low, applicant may request to have last 60 hours to be used in cumulative GPA calculation

Coursework must be within last 6 years

500 hours direct PCE by application

GRE Required (minimum 800 combined, 3.5 analytical)

Community Service Recommended (within last 2 years w/ documentation)

 

Western Michigan University

Kalamazoo, MI

24 Month Program

Degree Awarded: Master of Science in Medicine

B.S. or B.A. Prior to Matriculation

Human Anatomy

Advanced Physiology (upper level)

Microbiology

Biochemistry (upper level)

Developmental Psychology (life-span)

Introductory Statistics

All prerequisites must be completed with a C or better

3.0 GPA in last 60 hours required

1000 direct PCE by application

GRE Not Required

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Just a thought but wouldnt it be better to have a post for each school under each school on the board---perhaps talk to a moderator about making it a sticky. That way if pre-reqs requirements change (like they can and often do) someone from that school could easliy update the post

 

just a thought

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The decision to place this thread here was mostly for those that aren't sure what school they want to go to. With schools grouped geographically, someone can easily see what schools are in their area, which prerequisites they match with, etc, without going back and forth between all of the different school pages. Plus if anyone asks "What are the experience requirements/prerequisites/etc" for a school in any forum, they can just get bounced to this one thread.

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So I did a little work on this pet project today. just_me provided me with a spreadsheet that I will eventually compile all of the school information into, and make available for download from the forums. For now, I'm going to keep posting my progress, so that others can contribute without fear of re-write anything myself and others have already posted. Thanks for the help everyone's provided thusfar, now onto the new schools!

 

Pacific Northwest Division

 

University of Idaho

Pocatello, ID

24 Month Program

Awards Master of Physician Assistant Studies Degree

 

B.S. or B.A. for Application

Microbiology (1 Semester)

Biochemistry (1 Semester)

Human Anatomy and Physiology (1 Semester of Each, or a 1 Semester Combined Course)

Statistics (1 Semester)

Abnormal Psychology or Developmental Psychology Throughout the Lifespan (1 Semester)

All Courses Must be Completed Within 10 Years

CGPA of 3.0

Prerequisite Course Grades of C or Better

Upper level biology courses, such as advanced human anatomy and physiology, immunology, genetics, and endocrinology are highly recommended

Health-related courses such as psychology, sociology, anthropology, health education, gender studies, and a foreign language are highly recommended

No Health Care Experience Required

GRE Required

Avg. PGPA 3.82, GRE Verbal 497, Quantitative 619

 

Oregon Health and Science University

Portland, OR

26 Month Program

Awards Master of Physician Assistant Studies Degree

 

B.S. or B.A required for Matriculation, all Prerequisites Complete Before Calendar Year of Matriculation for Admission

General or Cell Biology (2 Semester Sequence with Lab)

General or Inorganic Chemistry (2 Semester Sequence with Lab)

Microbiology (1 Semester with Lab)

Human Anatomy and Physiology (2 Semesters with Lab)

General or Developmental Psychology (1 Semester)

Statistics (1 Semester, Any Statistics Except Business)

Organic chemistry, genetics, pathophysiology, biochemistry, any other upper division natural science courses, and any courses which may be beneficial to a future career in healthcare (medical terminology, epidemiology) are highly recommended

Human Anatomy and Physiology Completed Within Last Seven Years

One year (2,000 hours) of health care experience in a position of responsibility is required

Volunteer work, community service, and directly shadowing or working with a physician assistant will be taken into account

GRE is Required

Average GRE Verbal 500, Quantitative 600, Analytical Writing 4.5

 

Pacific University

Forest Grove, OR

27 Month Program

Awards Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies Degree

 

B.S. or B.A. for Matriculation, Only Two Outstanding Prerequisites for Application

Human Anatomy and Physiology (2 Semesters with Lab)

Microbiology or Bacteriology (1 Semester)

General Chemistry (2 Semesters with Lab, Other Chemistry Courses May Substitute)

Organic Chemistry (1 Semester)

Psychology, Sociology, Statistics, or Mathematics (1 Course)

English (1 Semester Introductory and 1 Semester Advanced English Composition)

Pharmacology, medical terminology, spanish, abnormal psychology, developmental psychology, aging and disabilities, public health, technical writing, and communications courses are highly recommended

Human Anatomy and Physiology Completed Within Last Seven Years

1,000 Hours of Health Care Experience in a Position of Responsibility (Shadowing of a PA fulfilles some of the hours requirement, but cannot fulfill it all. Besides, 1,000 hours of shadowing a PA will make you appear a bit stalkerish.) Hours earned to obtain a degree do not count toward this requirement.

SGPA and PGPA of 2.5 or Higher

Two seats each year are reserved for students that hail from Hawai'i. If you are interested in the program and live in Hawai'i, make sure to contact them for information about preferential admission.

Average SGPA 3.58

 

University of Washington, Seattle Campus

Seattle, WA

9 Quarter Program (Appears to be 24 Months, with Summer Included. Summer courses are mainly online.)

Awards Master of Clinical Health Services Degree

 

B.S. or B.A. Degree Prior to Application

All Prerequisite Courses Complte Prior to Application

Human Anatomy and Physiology (6 Credits)

Biology, Microbiology, and/or Chemistry (9 Credits)

Anatomy and Physiology Preferrably Completed Within 5 Years of Application

4,000 Hours of HCE in Direct Contact with Patients

Volunteer hours supplement but do not substitute for HCE hours.

Distance learning may be used to fulfill prerequisites.

Minimum GPA of 3.0 for last two years of coursework.

All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of B- or higher.

PA shadowing is strongly encouraged.

GRE required for admission.

WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho) as well as Nevada students recieve preferential admission.

Admission to the UW Graduate School required prior to being admitted to the PA program.

Patient care experience and a commitment to the underserved are heavily considered for admission.

 

University of Washington, Spokane Campus

Spokane, WA

9 Quarter Program (Appears to be 24-27 Months, with Summer Included. Summer courses are mainly online.)

Awards Master of Clinical Health Services Degree

 

B.S. or B.A. Degree Prior to Application

All Prerequisite Courses Complte Prior to Application

Human Anatomy and Physiology (6 Credits)

Biology, Microbiology, and/or Chemistry (9 Credits)

Anatomy and Physiology Preferrably Completed Within 5 Years of Application

4,000 Hours of HCE in Direct Contact with Patients

Volunteer hours supplement but do not substitute for HCE hours.

Distance learning may be used to fulfill prerequisites.

Minimum GPA of 3.0 for last two years of coursework.

All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of B- or higher.

PA shadowing is strongly encouraged.

GRE required for admission.

WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho) as well as Nevada students recieve preferential admission.

Admission to the UW Graduate School required prior to being admitted to the PA program.

Patient care experience and a commitment to the underserved are heavily considered for admission.

 

University of Washington, Yakima Campus

Yakima, WA

24 Month Program (Appears to be 12 Months Didactic Followed By a Clinical year)

Awards Bachelor of Clinical Health Services Degree (Certificate option is available to highly qualified applicants that do not qualify for UW undergraduate admission, though students are HIGHLY encouraged to persue a degree. It seems unlikely that many students are admitted to the certificate option due to the language presented on the program website.)

 

One Course in Medically Related Sciences (Biology, Microbiology, Chemistry, etc)

English (2 Semesters, One of Which Must Be Composition)

Human Anatomy and Physiology (6 Credits)

Anatomy and Physiology Preferrably Completed Within 5 Years of Application

4,000 Hours of HCE in Direct Contact with Patients

Volunteer hours supplement but do not substitute for HCE hours.

Distance learning may be used to fulfill prerequisites.

All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of B- or higher.

PA shadowing is strongly encouraged.

WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho) as well as Nevada students recieve preferential admission.

Patient care experience and a commitment to the underserved are heavily considered for admission.

To be admitted to the Bachelor of Clinical Health Services program, students must also qualify for admission to the University of Washington. This has a whole set of prerequisites most candidates will have completed either as part of their college studies, or in high school, but some students might be lacking in categories, such as the Foreign Language requirement. If you intend on obtaining a Bachelor's degree from the program, ensure that you meet all admission requirements to the University of Washington before applying. Any combination of high school and college credit may be used to meet these requirements, with three college credits equal to one year of high school study. The requirements are as follows-

4 Years of High School English/12 College Credits of English

3 Years of High School Mathematics/9 College Credits of Mathematics

3 Years of High School Social Science/9 College Credits of Social Science

2 Years of High School Foreign Language/6 College Credits of Foreign Language

2 Years of High School Science/6 College Credits of Science

Half a year of High School Fine, Visual or Performing Arts/1.5 College Credits of Fine, Visual, or Performing Arts

Half a year of High School Academic Electives/1.5 College Credits of Academic Electives

 

University of Washington, Anchorage Campus

Anchorage, AK

24 Month Program (Appears to be 12 Months Didactic Followed By a Clinical year)

Awards Bachelor of Clinical Health Services Degree (Certificate option is available to highly qualified applicants that do not qualify for UAA admission, though students are HIGHLY encouraged to persue a degree. It seems unlikely that many students are admitted to the certificate option due to the language presented on the program website.)

 

One Course in Medically Related Sciences (Biology, Microbiology, Chemistry, etc)

English (2 Semesters, One of Which Must Be Composition)

Human Anatomy and Physiology (6 Credits)

Anatomy and Physiology Preferrably Completed Within 5 Years of Application

4,000 Hours of HCE in Direct Contact with Patients

Volunteer hours supplement but do not substitute for HCE hours.

Distance learning may be used to fulfill prerequisites.

All prerequisite courses must be completed with a grade of B- or higher.

PA shadowing is strongly encouraged.

WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, and Idaho) as well as Nevada students recieve preferential admission.

Patient care experience and a commitment to the underserved are heavily considered for admission.

To be admitted to the Bachelor of Clinical Health Services program, students must also be admitted to the University of Alaska- Anchorage, and must also complete these University of Alaska General Education Requirements. I strongly recommend calling a UAA counselor if you seriously intend on applying to the Anchorage campus and want a Bachelor's degree, ensure that you meet all of the GERs. Here's the full list of UAA GERs for PA students-

ENGL 111 (3 Credits)

BIOL 111 (4 Credits)

BIOL 101 or 240 or CHEM 103 (3-4 Credits)

MATH 107 or AS 252 (3-4 Credits)

COM 111 or 235 or 237 or 241 (3 Credits)

Social Sciences GER (3 Credits)

ENGL 212 (3 Credits)

Humanities GERs (2 Courses, 6 Credits)

BIOL 112 (4 Credits)

PSY 111 or PSY 150 (3 Credits)

Fine Arts GER (3 Credits)

HS A490 Selected Topics: Health Care Issues in Alaska (3 Credits)

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Good luck. I made an Excel document of every school in the country with all this information but it didn't make it onto my external hard drive before my hard drive crashed. It took forever, but it was so nice to have!

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A compilation of this prerequisite information, for ALL schools, luckily already exists!! My good friend is a PA-C and an educator at a PA program and he has created a website recently with a really easy to navigate process for this! It's GREAT! You can search through all PA programs by Region and then State. For each program there is information on the city, prerequisites, requirements, everything all in one spot!

The website is prospectivepa.com

 

Much of the content other than the program profiles is still under construction but all the program info is up and running! Check it out, I hope it helps it has really helped me =)

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hey i need to know if organic chemistry I LAB is required. i know some schools ive looked up say 4 hrs of orgo chem with lab but the school im taking orgo at has orgo for 4 hrs without lab. what should i do?

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There is a newly released website that contains all the programs, pre-reqs, etc. It was developed by the Academic Director at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The website is www.prospectivepa.com. It is very helpful and there are more good things to come, according to the site.

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Hey guys,

 

I am new here..... I have a degree, but I am changing careers and thinking to go to PA School.... It'll take me a couple of years, probably, to complete all the prerequisites....

 

I wanted to thank everybody for putting this together! This is very, very helpful! I've been trying to create a similar list, save it in MS Word and print it, so I could look at all the schools at once and compare.

 

The website also look cool! When is it going to be fully working?

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thanks for posting the website another time! it is SUCH a great resource to cut down on the time spent searching. i hope the word spreads fast so people don't waste their time searching on their own! one central site for everything, what could be better??

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This information takes so very long to compile!! it is already on a new website which is really exciting! Don't waste your time any further! The new website http://www.prospectivepa.com already has all the program profiles including degree awarded compiled in an easy to search format!!

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Mississippi College http://www.mc.edu/academics/departments/pa/

30 Month Master of Science in Medicine

Innovative program utilizing faculty coached learning teams

Inaugural Class enters in Spring 2011

 

 

A Bachelor's degree prior to application

Human Anatomy & Physiology (including labs; 6-8 semester hours)

Microbiology, at the pre-med level/appropriate as a first-level requirement for a Microbiology major (including lab; 3-5 semester hours)

General Inorganic Chemistry, a complete sequence geared toward science majors/appropriate as a first-level course for a Chemistry major (including labs; 8-11 semester hours)

Organic Chemistry, a complete sequence (including labs; 8-11semester hours)

Statistics, including statistical tests and analysis (3 semester hours)

Stats may be taken online. All others must be on-site courses.

 

All Prerequisite courses completed within last 10 years, Cumulative, Science and Non-Science GPAs 3.00

GRE >1000 and clinical experience preferred, but not required.

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Mississippi College, Clinton, MS

Mississippi Physician Assistant Program | Mississippi College

30 Month Program

BS or BA prior to matriculation

Human Anatomy & Physiology (including labs; 6-8 semester hours)

Microbiology, at the pre-med level/appropriate as a first-level requirement for a Microbiology major (including lab; 3-5 semester hours)

General Inorganic Chemistry, a complete sequence geared toward science majors/appropriate as a first-level course for a Chemistry major (including labs; 8-11 semester hours)

Organic Chemistry, a complete sequence (including labs; 8-11semester hours)

Statistics, including statistical tests and analysis (3 semester hours)

Prerequisite courses completed within last ten years

No health care experience required but highly recommended

GRE (850 required, 1000 recommended)

CGPA 3.0, SGPA 3.0, PGPA 3.0

This program has applied for and anticipates provisional accreditation in May 2011. While the denial of accreditation is unlikely, it is a possibility, and should be considered. See ARC-PA / Home for more details regarding accreditation.

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When they say Human Anatomy and Human Physiology, does it mean upper div courses or lower div courses? Or does it totally depend on the school? What do most schools accept?

 

I am new to the forum and anyone's help would be appreciated!

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Hello ,

All this information posted is very helpful and informative. I, to be honest, and quite embarrassing , dont know much about PA program in the country. From california, serving in the Navy.

Quick question. There a difference between a Masters PA and a Masters of PA studies ?

Again, this may be a stupid question but i got over the fear of asking them.

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hello ,

 

I am currently serving in the navy but strongly inclined to do the PA program out of state. From california. There a difference between a Masters in PA and a Masters in PA studies ? Researching and reading this thread further aroused this question in my head.

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I was just reading this thread and tried to go to the website, turns out it's now http://physician-assistant-ed.com/ which I've actually been looking at for a while now! It's a very useful site - I'm a huge fan! Just wanted to update this so it would be easier for everyone as it took my computer a little while to switch URLs.

 

Also Nitesh - this is a super late answer but from what I've seen, different schools offer different kinds of degrees. Some masters titles are a bit different, but to me a masters is a masters so I think the big difference is whether it's a masters, bachelors, associate, or certificate. Some schools also offer a masters in public health along with whatever they call the PA degree, so I would differentiate there but probably not between different titles for a PA masters. I'm a pre-PA student so someone please correct me if I'm wrong! I would love to learn

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      Recently, I decided to pursue the PA route and need to take Anatomy/Physiology 1 and 2 with lab and Microbiology with lab. One of the schools require Immunology/Virology too (Did anyone need to take this class for their prerequisites?). I graduated with my bachelor's and currently working full time. I am having difficulty finding a class I can take that fits with my work schedule. I was able to sign up for Anatomy/Physiology 1 at a local community college, but unable to sign up for the rest due to time conflict or not available at other community colleges. Can anyone suggest alternatives in how I can compete these pre-requisites? Not sure if courses meant for "Health Science Majors" or "Allied Health Majors" are the same for science majors which is required for the schools I plan to apply for. Thanks in advance!!
    • By PerspiringPA
      I have completed my bachelor's degree in Biology, but since I was pre-med back then, I didn't complete the anatomy and physiology course and now have to complete it at a community college. I also have a full time job and was hoping to take anatomy and physiology in a hybrid setting (online lecture with in person lab). Is this a good idea? I've been looking at schools websites and some don't care, some said "considered on an individual basis," and some won't accept it. Am I limiting my chances too much? I want to apply mostly west coast and surrounding states.  I also have to take statistics and I hope to apply for Fall 2020.
      Thanks!
    • By Brandon2397
      Hello everyone, I am currently in my third year as a biology undergraduate major at the City College of New York. I graduate next year and wanted to ask for opinions on whether or not I should apply to PA programs immediately after graduation. 
      At the moment I have a 3.91 GPA, straight As in my science courses, have shadowed one PA for a few hours, and have over 200 hours volunteering at an ENT hospital. However, my plan after graduation is to work as an EMT to gain credible health care experience to put on my application.
      In your opinions, are my current credentials sufficient enough for PA programs to consider me as a serious candidate? Or should I take a gap year to focus on obtaining more experience to put on my application? If so, any advice or recommendations? Any responses are much appreciated. Thanks! 
    • By alm97
      I have been looking into PA programs to figure out which ones to apply to in the upcoming cycle. For some schools I meet all their prerequisite coursework, but for other schools I am a class or two short. I did not take abnormal psychology or sociology in my undergrad program, but I took all the core classes most PA schools want to see. What I am wondering is if it is a bad idea to apply to programs where I am missing a prerequisite. Will schools still view my application if I don't have every prerequisite they want? I don't want to waste my time and money applying to schools if they won't even consider me. 
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