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Pre-Physician Assistant

In order to become a physician assistant, you must:

  • complete a bachelor’s degree (in any major)
  • take the appropriate pre-requisite coursework
  • take the Graduate Record Examination ( GRE)
  • complete the course of study in a physician assistant program (~2 yrs)
  • complete all necessary certification and licensure examinations

What should I major in?

While there is no prescribed major for admission into physician assistant school, it is imperative that students complete all required courses for admission. Physician assistant schools vary in their requirements, and it is important for you to learn what coursework the schools that interest you want. Choose your major according to your strengths, interest and alternative career choices.

Minimally, a student should complete these courses at WCU for admission into many physician assistant schools:

  • BIOL 140, BIOL 240, BIOL 291, BIOL 292, BIOL 313 or BIOL 413/414
    Principles of Biology I, Introduction to Genetics, Human Anatomy & Physiology I, Human Anatomy & Physiology II, Microbiology in Health & Nutrition or Principles of General Microbiology/Methods of General Microbiology
  • CHEM 139, CHEM 140, CHEM 241, CHEM 242, BIOL 361 or CHEM 361
    General Chemistry I, General Chemistry II, Organic Chemistry I, Organic Chemistry II, Principles of Biochemistry
  • HSCC 322
    Medical Terminology
  • MATH 170
    Applied Statistics
  • PSY 150
    General Psychology

Who can help me at WCU?

Zachary Williams at 828.227.2555 or

Honors College students contact: Emily Sharpe at 828.227.3277 or

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