Program IN Pre-Physician Assistant

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Personal Academic Advising to Prepare You for a Career as a Physician Assistant

To be successful in a career as a physician assistant, you need to care about people and connect with them on a personal level. Strong classes in STEM--science, technology, engineering, and math--combined with a liberal arts education best prepare our students for a successful career in a health care profession, such as one as a physician assistant. We invite you to explore how we can share your journey and prepare you for a successful career in health care. 

How do I know the Pre-Physician Assistant Program at Queens is the best for me? 

At Queens, you will get a personal academic advisor who will guide you throughout your time at Queens. They will ensure you take all the classes you need to in order to fulfill your pre-physician assistant requirements, regardless of what major you take. That matters because you can take any major at Queens along with your concentration in pre-physician assistant.

You study what you want, whether it’s because you find it the most interesting or if it’s because you think it will best prepare you for your career. The liberal arts education Queens offers guarantees you will be well-rounded enough to succeed in your profession. International travel and internship opportunities that Queens provides completes an experience that can't be replicated elsewhere. 

Required Courses

Standardized Exam required for admission: GRE (Be sure to check your program of interest to see if the MCAT or other exam is accepted)
Resource for national standards: American Academy of Physician Assistants

BIO 201 Cellular and Molecular Foundations
BIO 213 Anatomy & Physiology I
BIO 214 Anatomy & Physiology II
BIO 120 OR BIO 330 Microbiology
Some programs require microbiology for majors which is the BIO 330 Microbiology course.
BIO 303 Genetics
Some programs require or recommend Genetics.  Some programs require another upper level biology course and Genetics is recommended. 
CHM 111, 111L Chemistry Principles I & Lab
CHM 112, 112L Chemistry Principles II & Lab
MAT 130 Introductory Statistics for Social Sciences or ENV 225 Data Analysis for Natural Sciences
PSY 101 General Psychology
NUR 105 Medical Terminology
Many but not all programs require a medical terminology course.

Social Science and Humanities:

Many physician assistant programs require 1-2 courses chosen from ethics, history, religion, sociology, economics and/or psychology.  This content may be covered in general education courses.  Some course suggestions are listed below which meet this requirement. 
ATH 101 Cultural Anthropology
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
PHL 310 Biomedical Ethics
PSY 210 Developmental Psychology
PSY 271 Abnormal Psychology

Total: 44-48 Hrs 

Recommended Courses

Math Courses:

Some programs require one math course in addition to statistics.
MAT 140 Precalculus
MAT Algebra

Natural Science Courses:

Some programs recommend higher level biology, exercise science, and/or chemistry courses in addition to the required courses listed above.  Check the program details to see if organic chemistry and/or biochemistry, and if any physics is required for admission.
BIO 331 Cell Biology
CHM 303, 303L Organic Chemistry I & Lab
CHM 304, 304L Organic Chemistry II & Lab
CHM 401 Biochemistry (with or without CHM 401L lab)
KIN 314 Exercise and Sport Physiology
PHY 201 College Physics I


Consider starting Spanish or continuing it from high school to increase your ability to work with Spanish-speaking patients as this skill will be valuable with demographic trends in the United States.

Contact us:

Dr. Patricia Koplas, PhD, PT 
Pre-Health and Pre-Vet Advisor


Note: Physician assistant programs vary widely for their requirements, especially for the math and science courses.  Be sure to check all programs you are considering applying to early during your undergraduate career for specific pre-requisites needed to apply to that school's program. The information for this list was compiled from physician assistant programs in North Carolina.

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