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Pre-Physician Assistant Advising



Students who are interested in pursuing Pre-Physician Assistant should indicate their interest by completing the Declaration of Major form.  Those students who have already declared an academic major should first plan to see their major advisor to discuss both major and general requirements.  Following that meeting, students can meet with any advisor in the Office for Academic & Pre-Professional Advising to discuss their path to Physician Assistant school.

Common Pre-Requisites

We have provided a list of common pre-requisites necessary for admission to Physician Assistant programs. It is important to note that this list is not inclusive of all programs. It is the responsibility of the student to communicate with schools you are interested in attending and determine what/if any additional requirements are needed.  A printable copy of these courses can be found below.

Requirement Credits UMBC Course UMBC Title
Biology 27 BIOL 141 (4) Foundations of Biology: Cells, Energy and Organisms
BIOL 142 (4) Foundations of Biology: Ecology and Evolution
BIOL 275 (3) Microbiology
BIOL 275L (2) Microbiology Lab
BIOL 251 (3) Human Anatomy & Physiology I
BIOL 251L (1) Human Anatomy & Physiology I Laboratory
BIOL 252 (3) Human Anatomy & Physiology II
BIOL 252L (1) Human Anatomy & Physiology II Laboratory
BIOL 300L (2) Experimental Biology Laboratory
BIOL 302 (4) Molecular and General Genetics
Chemistry 24 CHEM 101 (4) Principles of Chemistry I
CHEM 102 (4) Principles of Chemistry II
CHEM 102L (2) Introductory Chemistry Laboratory I
CHEM 351 (3) Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 351L (2) Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
CHEM 352 (3) Organic Chemistry II
CHEM 352L (2) Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
CHEM 437* (4) Comprehensive Biochemistry
Mathematics 4 STAT 121 (4) Introduction to Statistics for the Social Sciences
Psychology 7 PSYC 100 (4) Introduction to Psychology
PSYC 200* (3) Child Developmental Psychology
Other Coursework ~58 Includes General and Major Requirements

Printable Pre-Physician Assistant Requirements

Additional Electives to Consider

The following courses are not required for entrance to Physician Assistant programs, but are great options to consider for your Social Science and Arts & Humanities electives as well as to expand your overall knowledge of health care.