Pre-Physician Assistant Program

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 (minimum of 500 hours formal hands on patient care) and may also require volunteer work. Additional coursework may be required by individual PA programs such as Psychology (PSYC111) and/or Sociology (SOCI 111), Abnormal Psychology (PSYC 250) and Medical Terminology (RADT 320); however, it is important to check with individual programs to determine their specific requirements.



BIOL 150 Fundamentals of Ecology and Evolution (3)
BIOL 151 Beginning Investigative Experiences in Biology (2)
BIOL 160 Cell Biology (4)
BIOL 211* Microbiology (5)
BIOL 221* Human Anatomy (4)
BIOL 252* Human Physiology (5)
BIOL 255 Genetics (4)
BIOL 345 Perspectives in Evolution (3)
BIOL 375 Advanced Investigative Experiences in Biology I (3)
BIOL 376 Advanced Investigative Experiences in Biology I (3)
BIOL 410 Senior Seminar (3)
* Required of PA school (two of the three can be used as elective courses)


SUGGESTED ELECTIVE BIOLOGY COURSES: (select 5, at least 3 being 300 or 400 level)

BIOL 311 Pathophysiology (3)
BIOL 321 Human Dissection Anatomy (3)
BIOL 322 Molecular Biology (4)
BIOL 343 Immunology (3)
BIOL 353 Endocrinology (3)
BIOL 355 Exercise Physiology (3)

Other electives:
BIOL 316 Embryology (4)
BIOL 331 Botany (4)
BIOL 361 Ecology (4)
BIOL 481-483 Topics in Biology (3-4)



CHEM 121/123 General Chemistry I (5)
CHEM 122/124 General Chemistry II (5)
CHEM 224/5 Organic Chemistry I and Lab (5)
CHEM 322/3 Biochemistry and Lab** (5)
PSCI 111 General Physics I (4)
MATH 175 Statistics (4)

**Program specific – not required universally


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