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Wayne State University
The following prerequisites mustbe completed by Dec 31st
Human Anatomy * - One course
Human Physiology - Two courses (atleast 1 course must be 300 level or above in physiology)*
Microbiology - One course (with laboratory)*
Chemistry - Two courses (mustinclude a course in organic chemistry and/or biochemistry)*
Nutrition - One course (human/clinical)
Medical Terminology - One course (NEW PREREQ)
Please note: After the 2009 admission cycle, the program will notacceptany Medical Terminology course taken as
PASS/FAIL. The course mustbe taken for a grade.
Developmental Psychology -One course
Basic Statistics - One course
English Composition - Two courses
*All designated science courses must have been completed within six years prior to the date of application. A waiver of the six-year requirement for
the designated course can be requested by the applicant if the applicant’s employment history demonstrates knowledge of the content of the
Patient Care: A minimum of 500 hours ofdirect patient care experience in a health service environmentis required. Itis
not required ofapplicants to have this experience as partofa paid position; butitis strongly encouraged.
Majority of the 500 hours must be completed by time ofinterview, ifgranted an interview.
It is preferable that students have directpatient care experience in settings such as hospitals or clinics. Some examples of
acceptable experience include,butare notlimited to : EMT or paramedic, health educator, RN, patient care attendant or
nurse's aide, clinic assistant, physical therapy or occupational therapy aide, exercise physiologist, international health
care volunteer or other cross-cultural health care experience, medical technologist, therapist, clinical research assistant, etc.
Some examples of experience notacceptable are: PA or physician observer or shadow (in lieu ofother directhands- on
health care experience), non-clinical research assistantpositions, studentclinical experience (studentnurse, studentEMT,
student athletic trainer, or other health care student), student"intern" experiences, candy striper or junior volunteer
positions, CPR or ACLS instructor, wilderness medicine instructor, patienttransporter, pharmaceutical representative, ski
patroller, life guard, aerobics instructor, unit clerk, insurance clerk, medical secretary or other clerical positions.
Physician Assistant Program
University of Detroit, Mercy
NUTRITION: Course work which concentrates on physiologic requirements for human growth and development.
Role ofnutrition in health and disease. General concepts ofdietas a therapy.
MEDICAL ETHICS: An exploration ofmoral issues specific to health care delivery and medical research. This
course will have examined issues such as euthanasia, abortion, human experimentation, assisted suicide and bias
in access to health care.
STATISTICS:Advanced statistical methods and their applications to human science research. Includes probability
models, descriptive, correlational and basic inferential statistics. Students should be familiar with use ofstatistical
software packages for the analysis of both descriptive and inferential statistics.
ADVANCED PHYSIOLOGY:Course explaining the functional organization ofall organ systems ofthe body, its
metabolism, and the application ofphysiologic principles to living organisms. Focus on human/medical physiology
only, combination physiology and anatomy courses are notacceptable,pathophysiology is notacceptable. Usually
a 300 level course or greater.
MICROBIOLOGY: A survey ofmicroorganisms with emphasis on bacterial, parasitic and viral pathogens, must
include laboratory techniques.
DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY: A life span perspective on developmental and maturational tasks from birth to
death. The Committee may consider a series ofcourses to meetthis requirementprovided itminimally includes:
Child Psychology;Adolescence and Psychology ofAging.
Patient Care: One year full time equivalentofhealth care or helping care experience with increasing levels ofresponsibility,
leadership and evidence ofcommunity service. Must be complete by application deadline.
Central Michigan University
Mt. Pleasant, MI
General Chemistry w/Lab
(from birth through old age)
Patient Care: A minimum of 100 hours of"hands-on" directpatient care experience is required. To obtain strong direct
patient care experience, students need to become certified in the following, for example: athletic trainer, exercise
physiologist, paramedic, nurse's aide, phlebotomist, medical lab technician, radiologic technologist, emergency medical
technician (I or basic), licensed practical nurse, RN, or foreign medical graduate. Please note thatany hours as a Lab Tech
must involve "hands-on" directpatientcare in order to be accepted. All patientcare hours must be completed no later than
The following experiences are NOTaccepted toward the 100 hours of directpatient care experience: pharmacy technician,
job shadowing a PA or physician, home health care, clerical experience in a health care setting, transporting patients,
charting, observing procedures, and greeting patients.
The Listening Ear in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan is a resource for directpatientcare experience opportunities; they frequently
seek CNA applicants.
Western Michigan University
HUMAN ANATOMY (A&P I & II are accepted for this requirement, They are not accepted for Physiology pre-
PHYSIOLOGY (must be upper level)
MICROBIOLOGY (Must have an accompanying lab)
BIOCHEMISTRY (must be upper level)
DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY (life span)
INTRODUCTORY STATISTICS (Must contain descriptive analysis and inferential methods)
Patient Care: A minimum of1,000 hours of healthcare experience, which mustinclude patientcontact.
Grand Valley State University
Grand Rapids, MI
All prerequisite coursework and a bachelor's degree are required by the Month of May prior to fall semester before
beginning the professional curriculum.
One course in general biology
One course in general chemistry
One course in genetics
One course in organic chemistry
One course in biochemistry*
One course in human anatomy*
One course in human physiology*
One course in statistics
One course in psychology
One course in microbiology*
One course in physics
*These courses musthave been completed within the last five years or be retaken. Applicants may also take higher
level courses or competency examinations for credit. Waivers ofthe five-year rule may be granted on a case-by-
case basis for candidates with documented academic excellence and appropriate clinical experience atthe
discretion ofthe admissions committee or the PAS program director.
Recommended Classes: **These courses have been found beneficial for success in the program.
Patient Care: Applicants should show evidence of 500-plus hours of signifcant volunteer, work, or observational
experience in a health care environment. This experience mustbe hands on patientcare activities.
ENGL 002 English Composition 3
MATH 006 Algebra I 3
SOCI 001 Intro to Sociology 3
BIOL 101 Biology (Lec. & Lab) 4
HHPL (Active) Physical Education (active) 1
AHCC 110 General Orientation 2
Total Credits 16
Freshman Year, Spring Semester (January-May)
Course Description CR
ENGL 003 English Composition 3
MATH 010 Algebra II 4
MDMI 112 *Microbiology (Lec & Lab) 4
PSYC 050 Intro to Psychology 3
HHPL (Active) Physical Education 1
PHIL 055 Intro to Philosophy 3
Total Credits 18
Sophomore Year, Fall Semester (August-December)
Course Description CR
CHEM180 **Chemistry HS I Lec.
(Howard University Students Only)
CHEM 181 **Chemistry HS I Lab
(Howard University Students Only)
ENGL009 Technical Writing 3
AHCC201 Community Health 3
***African American Cluster 3
Total Credits 14
Sophomore Year, Spring Semester (January-May)
Course Description CR
CHEM 182 **Chemistry HS I Lec. 4
CHEM 181 **Chemistry HS I Lab 1
AHCC 003 Medical Terminology 2
AHCC202 Computer Technology 3
NUTR 301 Nutrition 2
Total Credits 12
* Or BIOL 220- General Microbiology Lecture and
** Currently enrolled Howard University Students
(Non-Howard University Students) General Chemistry Lecture and Lab (l/II) and 1
semesterof Organic Chemistry to fulfill the Chemistry requirement.
***See Student Reference Manual or Directory of
Classes each semester.
Patient Care: A minimum of24 to 2000+ hours of directpatientcare or volunteer service in a primary care setting
Psychology: One course in General, Developmental, or Abnormal Psychology
Human Anatomy and Physiology with Lab: Regardless ofthe number ofcredits, the requirement is the complete study
of the anatomy and physiology ofall the major human bodily systems. Typically,this requires either two semester-long or
three quarter-long courses with laboratory components to accomplish.
Alternatively, a complete course of human anatomy with lab and a complete course in human physiology with lab
may satisfy the requirement provided that together the two courses also constitute the complete study ofthe
anatomy and physiology ofall the major human bodily systems.Note: Exercise Physiology does not satisfy this requirement.
General Biology with Lab: Regardless ofthe number ofcredits, the course sequence mustconstitute a complete general
study of a collegiate, year-long, survey course ofbiology. Typically, this requires either two, semester-long courses or three
quarter-long courses to accomplish.
General Chemistry I with Lab: At least one course in general, college-level chemistry
General or Medical Microbiology (Preferably with Lab): Regardless ofthe number of credits, the course or course
sequence mustprovide collective study ofall the major constituent organisms included in general microbiology.Individual
courses in bacteriology, virology,mycology,or parasitology do notsatisfy this requirement.
General or Medical Genetics (Preferably with laboratory): One course
Medical Terminology: One course that may be taken either on-line or in residence. Course credits may vary, but the
course must be taken for grade through an accredited college or university.
Patient Care: A minimum of 500 hours ofclearly documented types ofvolunteer/paid patientcontact accrued by the time
of application recorded as partofthe official CASPA application.
Midwestern University (Arizona)
Biology with lab* (must include at least 4 hours of Anatomy)
General Chemistry with lab*
Organic Chemistry with lab*
Math (college algebra or above)
Social and Behavioral Sciences (sociology,psychology,anthropology)
*Biochemistry (notrequired butstrongly recommended
*All science prerequisites must be courses designed for science majors. No survey courses will count to fulfill science
Patient Care: Motivation for and commitment to health care as demonstrated by previous work, volunteer, or
other life experiences. Demonstration of service and leadership through community service or extracurricular
University of Colorado
8 semester/12 quarter hrs General Chemistry or above with lab
**Biology (offered through a biology department)
At least14 sem/20 qtr hrs of biological science with a minimum of 6s/8q hours upper division credit completed within the last
five years of application deadline. Courses mustbe related to the medical and animal sciences.
Biological science courses mustinclude: 1 semester of system-based physiology and 1 semester of anatomy or one year of
combined A&P.Upper division courses are recommended. Ifupper division, physiology and anatomy may fulfill the upper
Courses in human anatomy and physiology are preferred. Additional recommended courses include biochemistry, cell
3 sem/4 qtr hrs (May not fulfill biological science or upper division biological science hours)
6 sem/8 qtr hrs
Statistics (may be taken in any department)
3 sem/4 qtr hrs
Note: Those marked with ** (# 3,4, and 5) must to be completed prior to application to the program. The remainder of
requirements mustbe completed prior to matriculation.
† If you are unable to complete physiology or anatomy prior to application buthave completed 14 hours ofbiology including
6 upper division hours, we will allow you to complete anatomy and physiology after application.
Patient Care: Health care experience is not required.
Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science
N. Chicago, IL
o Biochemistry – 1 course
o Human Anatomy – 1 course
o Human Physiology – 1 course
o Introduction to Psychology – 1 course
o Microbiology (with lab preferred) – 1 course
&Physiology I and Anatomy & Physiology IIcourse sequence over 2 terms. A single combined Human Anatomy &
Physiology course alone will notmeetthe prerequisite requirements.
The following courses, while not required, are strongly recommended: Statistics, Research Design, Technical Writing,
Medical Terminology, Medical Ethics, and a second, higher level Psychology course (such as Child Psychology,
Developmental Psychology, Abnormal Psychology,etc.)
Patient Care: Prior direct patient-care related medical experience and/or shadowing PAs in clinical practice is strongly
recommended. Patientcare experience and shadowing PAs in practice strengthens awareness ofthe demands ofmedical
practice and helps candidates affirm their desire to pursue a career in the Physician Assistant profession. We believe the
emphasis is on the quality ofthe experience, notjustthe number ofhours attained. Successful candidates into the program
typically have 1,200 and more hours ofdirectpatient contact and PA shadowing experience.