Purdue University Calumet | College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science

Preparation for Physician Assistant Schools

Course Discipline

Required or recommended

Clarification

Recommended PUC course(s)

Alternate PUC   Course(s)

General Biology One year (8-semester hours) required A sequence of courses representing a full academic year curriculum, with associated lab(s). BIOL 10100/10200  
General Chemistry One year (8-semester hours) required A sequence of courses representing a full academic year curriculum, with associated lab(s). CHM 11500/11600  
Microbiology One semester (3-4 semester hours) generally required Most schools prefer sophomore level or higher with lab. BIOL 31600 BIOL 22100
Anatomy* One semester (3-4 semester hours) generally required Most schools prefer sophomore level or higher with lab. BIOL 21300/21400  
Physiology* One semester (3 hrs) recommended Most schools prefer sophomore level or higher with lab. BIOL 21300/21400  
Math At least one semester math generally required (typically college algebra).  Some schools may require one year (6 semester hrs) college math. Some additionally require statistics. Consult PAEA Admission requirements for specific school requirements. MA 22300/22400 MA 16300/16400
English One year (6-semester hours) required (most) Specifics may vary, but one year is generally required, sometimes including distribution of writing and literature courses ENGL 10400/10500 ENGL 10800
Humanities and Soc. Sci Select courses of interest that will demonstrate interest in a well-rounded education Some schools recommend or require a course in Psychology, Communication (oral), Sociology, Ethics, or Anthropology. Consult individual schools for specific prereqs. PSY 12000 or SOC 10000  Please see advisor for more options
Genetics Varies; One semester (3 hrs) sometimes required or strongly recommended Should include Classical (Mendelian) and molecular genetics. BIOL 24400/24401  
    *One-year Anatomy and Physiology sequence with lab meet these requirements or are listed as required at many schools (sophomore level or higher; general Bio or Chem for science   majors preferred)    
         
    ALWAYS CONSULT THE PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT EDUCATION ASSOCIATION (PAEA) FOR SCHOOL-SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS