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Physician Assistant

Disclaimer: Illinois State University does not have a Pre-Physician Assistant program. The following courses are recommended but will depend upon your chosen educational institution. Please contact Preprofessional Advisor Ashley Berg for additional information.

Preparing for Physician Assistant School Checklist

For information on physician assistant career paths, please go to

Prerequisite Courses at ISU

Graduate programs have varied requirements for coursework to be completed prior to admission.  However, requirements typically include:

Required Courses

Anatomy & Physiology - 8 hours

  • BSC 181
  • BSC 182

Biology - 8 hours

  • BSC 196
  • BSC 197

Microbiology – 4 hours

  • BSC 260

General Chemistry - 8 hours

  • CHE 140
  • CHE 141

Organic Chemistry - 4 hours

  • CHE 230
  • CHE 231

Biochemistry - 3 hours

  • CHE 242 or CHE 342

Mathematics- 4 hours

  • MAT 120 or MAT 145

English - 6 hours

  • ENG 101
  • ENG 145

Medical Terminology - 3 hours

  • HSC 105

Statistics - 3 hours

  • PSY 138

Psychology - 3 hours

  • PSY 110


Standardized Test

Not all physician assistant programs require submission of standardized test scores. Those programs that do require such scores typically require theGraduate Record Examination.

Application Information

The majority of physician assistant programs participate in theCentral Application Service for Physician Assistants (CASPA).  If a school does not participate in the CASPA process, please contact directly.  To determine if a school participates in the CASPA, please go to CASPA participating schools


For additional information about the physician assistant profession, please visit the American Academy of Physician Assistants and the Physician Assistant Education Association.

List of physician assistant programs in the United States.

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