Pre-Physician Assistant Preparation at ACU

  • Physician assistants, frequently called PAs, have a broad scope of duties and responsibilities, largely governed by the medical setting in which they work. PAs are regulated by the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners and work under the supervision of physicians. Texas requires that the PA’s supervising physician register with the Texas State Board of Medical Examiners and that the PAs be licensed.
  • Duties of the PAs working under a primary care physician include: performing appropriate interviews and physical examinations; ordering and screening results of laboratory diagnostic studies; organizing and integrating information derived from interview, examination and laboratory; assisting with the performance of clinical procedures; instructing and counseling patients regarding preventative health care behaviors; monitoring responses to physician-directed programs of therapy; responding independently to life-threatening situations; facilitating patient access to appropriate health care services; making tentative assessments; making tentative diagnostic and therapeutic plans in such a way that the physician can perceive the medical problems and determine appropriate diagnostic and therapeutic steps; assisting the physician by performing diagnostic and therapeutic procedures; managing various common medical problems; treating minor cuts and wounds; removing casts; and changing dressings. In addition, PAs are employed as first and second assistants in surgery, particularly in cardiovascular and orthopedic surgery.

Entrance Requirements

  • Please note that several of these schools do not accept transfer hours from a community college or credit by exams. The schools may require that all prerequisite work has been completed by December 31 of the year in which you apply. In addition, a required prerequisite course GPA will be in effect.
  • Competitive applicants for PA school will have a 3.5 or higher grade point average
  • Completion of 40 or more hours of volunteer work experience in hospitals, clinics, or private practice settings under the supervision of a MD, DO, PA, or NP is required before completing the CASPA application process.
  • While the attached sheet lists the prerequisites for the individual schools in Texas, it is strongly encouraged that you contact schools that interest you if you have any questions about applying.

Advisor: Dr. Diana Flanagan
Office: FSB 453

Physician Assistant Schools in Texas

The Physician Assistant prerequisites vary by school and change frequently. Students must contact each school to learn the most recent information regarding the required GPA, letters of recommendation, course prerequisites, and other admissions requirements.   



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Searcy, AR

General Chemistry I & Lab  RequiredRequiredRequiredRequiredRequiredRequired
General Chemistry II & Lab  RequiredRequiredRequiredRequiredRequiredRequired
Organic Chemistry I & Lab RequiredRequiredRequiredRequiredRequiredRequiredor 453
Organic Chemistry II & Lab  Required     
Biochemistry I or BIO 320     or 223
General Biology I & Lab  Required  RequiredRequired 
General Biology II & Lab  Required  RequiredRequired 
Cell Biology or 472     or 351 or 454
Genetics or 454Required RequiredRequiredRequiredor 312 or 454
Microbiology & Lab RequiredRequiredRequiredRequiredRequiredRequiredRequired
Human Anatomy & Lab RequiredRequiredRequiredRequiredRequiredRequiredRequired
Human Physiology & Lab RequiredRequiredRequiredRequiredRequiredRequiredRequired
Immunology or 351   RequiredRequiredor 312 or 351
Math 109 or higher  109 or higher109 or higher 123 or 185 or PSYC 311
Statistics 3 hrs 3 hrsRecommended3 hrs3 hrs 
Psychology 120 120 + 3 hrs1206 hrs3 hrs120 or 232
Medical Terminology  RequiredRecommendedRecommended   
English   111    
Nutrition  Required     
Other 3 hrs:  Psychology, Sociology, or Anthropology9 hrs:  Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, or Human Development Suggested Electives: Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Immunology, Human Sexuality, Spanish6 hrs: Psychology or Sociology 3 hrs of PSYC Elective 232, 233, 241, or 382
GRE RequiredRequiredRequiredRequiredRequired Required
Healthcare Experience Strongly Encouraged40 hrs 200 hrs  100 hrs