Sample Curriculum of pre-requisite courses for Physician Assistant @ Gustavus
Suggested Pre-Requisites for Minnesota PA schools
BIO 101 Principles of Biology
CHE 107 Principles of Chemistry
PSY 100 General Psychology
BIO 102 Organismal Biology
CHE 141 Organic Chemistry I
S/A Sociology OR Cultural Anthropology (St. Scholastica)
BIO 201 Cell and Molecular
CHE 251 Organic Chemistry II
PSY 234 Developmental Psychology (Lifespan Developmental needs both PSY 234 & PSY 334)(Augsburg, St. Scholastica)
BIO 202 Evolution, Eco. & Behav.
CHE 258 Inorganic Chem. I (recommended)
MCS 142 Intro. Stats or equivalent (Augsburg, St. Kate’s, Bethel, St. Scholastica)
PSY 334 Adult Psychology (Lifespan Developmental needs both PSY 234 & PSY 334)(Augsburg, St. Scholastica)
HES 234 Human Anatomy & Phy. I (Augsburg (also accepts BIO 386), St. Kate’s, Bethel, St. Scholastica)
HES 235 Human Anatomy & Phy. II (Augsburg (also accepts BIO 386), St. Kate’s, Bethel, St. Scholastica)
BIO 118 Microbes or 380 Microbiology (Augsburg (only accepts BIO 380), St. Kate’s (accepts both), Bethel (accepts both))
MCS 121 Calculus (St. Kate’s, St. Scholastica)
CHE 255 Biochemistry (Augsburg, St. Kate’s, St. Scholastica) (or Spring)
PHY 122 Physics (Bethel)
HES 214 Medical Terminology (St. Kate’s, St. Scholastica)
Other possible requirements for Minnesota PA schools:
GPA minimum –
- Bethel requires 3.25 GPA minimum for undergraduate.
- Augsburg requires 3.0 cumulative GPA minimum and 3.0 science GPA minimum.
- St. Scholastica requires 3.0 GPA minimum and a minimum grade of C in prerequisite courses.
- St. Kate’s requires 3.0 GPA minimum and a minimum grade of C in prerequisite courses.
GRE test score – required for St. Scholastica, not required for Bethel and Augsburg and St. Kate’s
Direct Patient Care Hours –Bethel recommends 250 (not necessarily paid), Augsburg recommends 1000-1500 (paid), St. Kate’s recommends 250-500 (not necessarily paid), St. Scholastica recommends at least 750 (paid)
The courses listed above show what a representative Physician Assistant program may look like; however pre-requisite requirements vary between institutions. Be sure to check with the schools to which you are interested in applying to determine their specific requirements. Here is a link to PA programs: http://www.arc-pa.org/acc_programs/
Examples of Pre-Requisites at Physician Assistant Programs:
St. Catherine University (projected first class Fall 2012)
Choosing a Major
Choosing a major requires forethought and introspection. The major you choose should be any area of study that interests you. Physician Assistant Programs do not admit students based upon their major. However, you must complete their pre-requisite academic and extracurricular requirements.
Gain experience and earn credit in a health career by doing a January Interim Career Exploration or a Semester Internship. Search opportunities by clicking GustieJobs
*Special note for direct patient care requirements- many Physicain Assistant programs have patient contact hours required to be a competitive applicant. It is important to talk with the different programs that you are planning to apply to and find out what experience "qualifies" as direct patient care. Many programs view certified nursing assistant (CNA), personal care assistant (PCA), and other similar opportunities as direct patient contact. The hours required vary between programs, but 1,500-2,000 hours would be competitive at most programs. Any additional experience in the medical field is also beneficial.
Different ways to gain experience in the medical field may include:
Shadowing (specifically Physican Assistants)
Interaction with physicians AND patients
Study and travel experience
It is important to show a pattern of commitment to service “the distance traveled”.
Updated 4/25/2013 HB