Physician Assistant

Master of Medical Science
BW Course Equivalencies
Biology I with lab BIO 121L
Biology II w/lab BIO 122L
Anatomy and Physiology I w/lab BIO 203L
Anatomy and Physiology II w/lab BIO 204L
Microbiology with lab BIO 212
General Chemistry I w/lab CHM 111
General Chemistry II w/lab CHM 112/113L
Organic Chemistry I w/lab CHM 251/251L
Introductory Psychology PSY 100
English Composition ENG 131
Statistics or Biostatistics HPE 209, MTH 135 or PSY 278
Medical Terminology HPE 206


BW Biology course descriptions

BW Chemistry course descriptions


Prerequisite Courses

The prerequisite courses listed on this page are minimum requirements. Additional biology and chemistry courses are recommended.

Candidates must have completed one semester of each of these prerequisite courses, with a grade of C or better in each course, prior to enrollment in the Physician Assistant Program. Minimum cumulative GPA and science GPA must be at least 3.0. 

All prerequisite coursework must be obtained from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. 

BW courses have been listed next to each prerequisite in the blue box at right, along with links to course descriptions for biology and chemistry, so that candidates may identify an equivalent course at other regionally accredited colleges/universities. BW online transfer guide.

No online or virtual laboratory courses.

The PA program will not accept online laboratory or virtual laboratory courses in the natural sciences for the prerequisite courses. 

Seven year time limit.

All prerequisite courses are to be completed within the last seven years, and candidates must have a working knowledge of these courses. 

Anatomy and Physiology 1 and 2.

Not all schools offer A&P as a combined two-course sequence with labs.  One semester of Human Anatomy with lab and one semester of Human Physiology with lab may be substituted for the two combined Anatomy and Physiology courses with labs.

Retaking prerequisites.

If a student has retaken courses for a better grade, both the original and retaken grade will be included in the GPA calculation, and the better grade will be noted.

AP courses.

Advanced Placement (AP) courses may satisfy prerequisite coursework only after evaluation by the Admission Committee, once a student applies through CASPA. 

No previous credit replaces or transfers into the PA curriculum.

No previous coursework will transfer to replace courses in the PA program.  There will be no advanced standing permitted in the PA program.

Additional courses in biology and chemistry are recommended.

Additional suggested coursework may include:  Biochemistry, Cell/Molecular Biology, Immunology, Histology, Embryology, Endocrinology, Epidemiology, Neuroscience, Pathophysiology, Virology, Developmental/Abnormal Psychology, College Algebra.

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