Pre-Physician Assistant Curriculum
The University of St. Francis offers excellent undergraduate preparation for medical and other health related professional schools. There is not a specific major required for admission to physician assistant (PA) programs so USF offers a biology degree with a pre-professional track for students interested in becoming PAs.
USF students complete a core of courses which prepare them for entrance into professional school and still enjoy the freedom and flexibility to design a curriculum in advanced science courses which are appropriate to their interests.
PA programs are looking for students who have completed a core of specific course work in biology, chemistry and math and who have performed at a high academic level. PA schools require some clinical experience outside the classroom and may also require volunteer work. Additional coursework may be required by individual PA programs such as Psychology and/or Sociology, Medical Terminology and Statistics; however, it is important to check with individual programs to determine their specific requirements.
REQUIRED BIOLOGY COURSES: (Semester hours)
Principles of Biology I and Lab (4)
Principles of Biology II and Lab (4)
Human Anatomy (4)
Human Physiology (4)
Botany or Ecology (4)
Senior Seminar or Senior Thesis I & II* (3) (*Required of Biology Fellows)
ELECTIVE BIOLOGY COURSES (SELECT 2):
Molecular Biology (4)
Human Dissection Anatomy (3)
Medical Microbiology (4)
Selected Topics (3-4)
REQUIRED CHEMISTRY, PHYSICS and MATH COURSES:
General Chemistry I and Lab (5)
General Chemistry II and Lab (5)
Organic Chemistry I and Lab (5)
Biochemistry and Lab (5)
General Physics I (4)
General Physics II (4)
Calculus with Analytic Geometry I (5)