Prerequisites

  • 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
325-674-2749
Office: FSB 453
dlf09b@acu.edu

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.   

 

UNT 

Fort Worth

TTUHSC

Midland

BCM

Houston

UTSW

Dallas

UTMB

Galveston

UTHSCSA

San Antonio

Harding

Searcy, AR

General Chemistry I & Lab   Required Required Required Required Required Required
General Chemistry II & Lab   Required Required Required Required Required Required
Organic Chemistry I & Lab Required Required Required Required Required Required or 453
Organic Chemistry II & Lab   Required          
Biochemistry I or BIO 320           or 223
               
General Biology I & Lab   Required     Required Required  
General Biology II & Lab   Required     Required Required  
Cell Biology or 472           or 351 or 454
Genetics or 454 Required   Required Required Required or 312 or 454
Microbiology & Lab Required Required Required Required Required Required Required
Human Anatomy & Lab Required Required Required Required Required Required Required
Human Physiology & Lab Required Required Required Required Required Required Required
Immunology or 351       Required Required or 312 or 351
               
Math 109 or higher     109 or higher 109 or higher   123 or 185 or PSYC 311
Statistics 3 hrs   3 hrs Recommended 3 hrs 3 hrs  
Psychology 120   120 + 3 hrs 120 6 hrs 3 hrs 120 or 232
Medical Terminology   Required Recommended Recommended      
English     111        
Nutrition   Required          
Other 3 hrs:  Psychology, Sociology, or Anthropology 9 hrs:  Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, or Human Development   Suggested Electives: Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Immunology, Human Sexuality, Spanish 6 hrs: Psychology or Sociology   3 hrs of PSYC Elective 232, 233, 241, or 382
GRE Required Required Required Required Required   Required
Healthcare Experience Strongly Encouraged 40 hrs   200 hrs     100 hrs