College of Health Sciences

Physician Assistant Program

Required Prerequisites

Prerequisite course work must be completed within ten years of the anticipated entrance date to the physician assistant program.

A candidate must have completed a Bachelors degree from an accredited undergraduate college or university (If accepted into the Brigham Young-Idaho 3+2 Affiliation program, at least 90 semester hours of credit must be completed prior to enrollment. If accepted into the Western New England University 3+2 Affiliation program, at least 101 semester hours of credit must be completed prior to enrollment.)

Undergraduate credits must include the "pre-physician assistant” (pre-professional) courses listed below, completed with a 2.0 ( C ) or better. An applicant need not have completed all prerequisites prior to filing an application, but must be able to complete all outstanding prerequisites prior to enrolling. In order to fairly evaluate a candidate, no more than two prerequisite courses should be taken in the semester prior to the start of the program in August.

Completion of the following courses:

Four Semester Credits* in each of the following courses:

  • Anatomy and Physiology I (or Anatomy) with laboratory  
  • Anatomy and Physiology II (or Physiology) with laboratory
  • Chemistry I with laboratory
  • Chemistry II (or Organic Chemistry) with laboratory
  • Biology I with laboratory
  • Biology II (or Genetics or Microbiology) with laboratory

Three Semester Credits in each of the following courses:

  • Intro to Psychology or General Psychology
  • Mathematics or Statistics
  • English Composition

To better prepare you for the basic and clinical science courses in the program, we encourage - but do not require – courses in organic chemistry, genetics, microbiology, developmental psychology, abnormal psychology, statistics, immunology, cell biology, and/or biochemistry.

*Three semester credit course/s may be reviewed on an individual basis.