There are 250 Accredited PA schools across the country, the majority have the following requirements:
- One - two semesters of General Biology (most require two)
- Two semesters of Chemistry with lab
- One - two semester of Organic Chemistry with lab
- Two semesters of Human Anatomy and Physiology with lab
- One semester of Microbiology with lab
- One semester of Biochemistry
- One semester of Statistics
- One semester of Psychology
In addition we see the following trends in prerequisites:
- 73 programs required one semester of Genetics
- 103 programs require Medical Terminology
- One semester of a Language
- One semester of Public Speaking
- One or two additional courses in Social/Behavioral Sciences
A few notes about the classes above:
- GENETICS: Biol H311 "Advanced Genetic Analysis" is open to any student who has taken Bio200 and 201.
- ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY: An Anatomy and Physiology sequence has traditionally been offered at Bryn Mawr. Space is limited, so plan accordingly (i.e., try not to wait for Senior year in the event you are unable to secure a spot off the lottery. Some students have been able to take Anatomy and Physiology through Penn Nursing in the past (NURS 131 & 132), so be on the lookout once the Quaker consortium reopens. There are some online Anatomy and Physiology options that PA schools have accepted during Covid, but it is unclear if they will accept this moving forward. Contact each school you are considering before taking this course online.
- MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY: Schools seem to be comfortable with allowing applicants to take this course online. As always, contact each school you are considering to find out more information about their own requirements. Medical terminology can often be found at community colleges, or through extension programs.