UWM Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018

College of Letters and Science

Pre-Physician Assistant

Dorrie Van Kerkvoorde, Senior Academic Advisor, Student Academic Services, Pre-PA Advisor, (414) 229-4654, unertl@uwm.eduuwm.edu/letters-science/programs?discipline=Pre-Physican+Assistant.

Students wishing to become a physician assistant should consult the pre-PA advisor early in their undergraduate career for help in planning a program. An appointment with the advisor each semester is strongly recommended. Later, the advisor also can assist students in the application process.

The vast majority of PA programs in the country are highly competitive master’s degree programs and take 2-3 years to complete once admitted to the professional program. Many, but not all, PA schools require that applicants take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Significant clinical exposure to patient care is required to become a competitive candidate for most PA programs. Students are strongly encouraged to work or volunteer in a healthcare setting on an ongoing basis.

Requirements for admission to PA schools vary widely. However, many PA schools consider the following as minimal preparation for admission: 1 year of English; mathematics through pre-calculus and statistics; 2-3 years of chemistry, including inorganic and organic chemistry and biochemistry; and several biology courses (see below). Physics is rarely required.

Many PA schools specify additional courses as part of the minimal preparation for admission. Therefore, pre-PA students should ascertain the specific requirements of the schools to which they intend to apply and plan their undergraduate programs accordingly.

Courses That Typically Satisfy PA School Admission Requirements:

Bio Sci 150

Foundations of Biological Sciences I

4

Bio Sci 152

Foundations of Biological Sciences II

4

Bio Sci 202*

Anatomy and Physiology I

4

Bio Sci 203*

Anatomy and Physiology II

4

Bio Sci 101

General Survey of Microbiology

4

or

 

 

Bio Sci 383

General Microbiology

4

Chem 102

General Chemistry

5

Chem 104

General Chemistry and Qualitative Analysis

5

Chem 343

Organic Chemistry

3

Chem 344

Organic Chemistry Laboratory

2

Chem 345

Organic Chemistry

3

Chem 501

Introduction to Biochemistry

3

Psych 101

Introduction to Psychology

3

HS 222**

Medical Terminology

3

Math – a semester of pre-calculus or calculus

4

Statistics – any statistics course

3


Although the courses listed above are often required for admission to almost all PA schools, the rest of the program can be whatever the student wishes. Students are not required to major in Biological Sciences or Chemistry in order to gain admission to PA school.

* Some PA schools may have a three- to five-year expiration date on anatomy and physiology coursework. Please consult with the pre-PA advisor and PA schools of choice regarding your individual circumstances.

** Some PA schools may have a five-year expiration date on medical terminology coursework. Please consult with the pre-PA advisor and PA schools of choice regarding your individual circumstances.



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