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Students interested in becoming physician assistants are best suited majoring in either Biology or Chemistry. By choosing one of these majors the student is most likely to get all needed prerequisite courses.

Prerequisites

The prerequisites required for entrance into most physician assistant programs are:

Chemistry:
  • CHE101, 101L, 102 and 102L- General Chemistry I and II (8 semester hours)
  • CHE351, 351L, 352 and 352L- Organic Chemistry I and II (8 semester hours)
  • CHE/BIO 461- Introduction to Biochemistry (3 semester hours)

 

General Biology:
  • BIO110 and BIO110L- Principles of Cell and Molecular Biology and laboratory (3 semester hours in LASP + 1 semester hour)
  • BIO111 and BIO111L- Core Principles of Organismal Biology and laboratory (3 semester hours + 1 semester hour) or BIO101 and BIO101L- Principles of Biology and laboratory (3 semester hours in LASP + 1 semester hour)
  • BIO102 and BIO102L- General Biology of Whole Organisms and laboratory (3 semester hours + 1 semester hour)

 

Human Anatomy and Physiology:
  • BIO227 and BIO328 or BIO327 and BIO328 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II (8 semester hours)

 

Microbiology:
  • BIO330- Microbiology (4 semester hours)

 

Statistics:
  • MAT203- Elementary Statistics (3 semester hours)

 

Psychology:
  • PSY101- General Psychology (3 semester hours)

 

Recommended, but not required:

Genetics:
  • BIO211- Core Principles of Genetics (4 semester hours)

 

These courses are the basic prerequisites for most physician assistant programs. Schools vary in their prerequisites therefore, to ensure you have taken everything required investigate your school of choice.

What do I need to do other than classes?

Almost all physician assistant programs require health care experience prior to admission. Investigate your school of choice for the exact requirement.

Admission Test and Application

A student wishing to apply to physician assistant programs will likely take the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) and apply through CASPA (Centralized Application Service for Physician Assistants).

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Students interested in becoming physical therapists are best suited majoring in either Biology or Exercise Science. By choosing one of these majors the student is most likely to get all needed prerequisite courses.

Prerequisites

The prerequisites required for entrance into most physical therapy programs are:

Chemistry:
  • CHE101, 101L, 102 and 102L- General Chemistry I and II (8 semester hour)

 

General Biology:
  • BIO110 and BIO110L- Principles of Cell and Molecular Biology and laboratory (3 semester hours in LASP + 1 semester hour) or BIO101 and BIO101L- Principles of Biology and laboratory (3 semester hours in LASP + 1 semester hour)
  • BIO111 and BIO111L- Core Principles of Organismal Biology and laboratory (3 semester hours + 1 semester hour) or BIO102 and BIO102L- General Biology of Whole Organisms and laboratory (3 semester hours + 1 semester hour)

 

Human Anatomy and Physiology:
  • BIO227 and BIO328 or BIO327 and BIO328 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II (8 semester hours)

 

Physics:
  • PHY201, 201L, 202 and 202L- General Physics I and II (8 semester hours) or PHY203, 203L, 204, 204L-Calculus Physics I and II (8 semester hours)

 

Statistics:
  • MAT203- Elementary Statistics (3 semester hours)

 

These courses are the basic prerequisites for most physical therapy programs. Schools vary in their prerequisites therefore, to ensure you have taken everything required investigate your school of choice. Keep in mind many schools require specific psychology and/or sociology courses.

What do I need to do other than classes?

Physical therapy programs also want their students to be familiar with the field of physical therapy. Therefore, most schools require volunteer work in the area of physical therapy. Investigate your school of choice for the volunteer hour requirement.

Admission Test

A student wishing to apply to physical therapy schools will take the GRE (Graduate Record Examination).

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Students interested in pursuing a career in pharmacy are best suited majoring in either Biology or Chemistry. By choosing one of these majors the student is most likely to get all needed prerequisite courses. However to ensure you have completed all pre-requisites for your school of choice, the pharmacy school’s individual criteria should be checked carefully.

Prerequisite

If the student chooses to major in Biology they should take the following courses:

  • BIO110 - Principles of Cell and Molecular Biology (3 semester hours in LASP)
  • BIO110L - Principles of Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory (1 semester hour)
  • BIO111 - Core Principles of Organismal Biology (3 semester hours)
  • BIO111L - Core Principles of Organismal Biology (1 semester hour)
  • BIO210 - Core Principles of Ecology and Evolution (4 semester hours)
  • BIO211 - Core Principles of Genetics (4 semester hours)
  • BIO227 and BIO328 or BIO327 and BIO328 - Human Anatomy and Physiology I and II (8 semester hours)
  • BIO330 - Microbiology (4 semester hours)
  • BIO491 - Biology Seminar III (1 semester hour)

A total of 35 semester hours must be taken in Biology with 30 semester hours of Biology at or above the 200 level.

Students must also fulfill the following chemistry, math, business, and physics requirements:

  • CHE101, 101L, 102 and 102L - General Chemistry I and II (8 semester hours)
  • CHE351, 351L, 352 and 352L - Organic Chemistry I and II (8 semester hours)
  • MAT203 - Elementary Statistics (3 semester hours)
  • MAT222 - Calculus (4 semester hours)
  • BA222 - Macroeconomic Concepts (3 semester hours)
  • PHY201, 201L, 202, 202L - General Physics I and II (8 semester hours) or PHY203, 203L, 204, 204L - Calculus Physics I and II (8 semester hours)

 

Admission Test and Application Service

A student wishing to apply to pharmacy school will take the PCAT (Pharmacy College Admission Test) and apply most likely through PharmCAS (the Pharmacy College Application Service); most schools (92 out of the 129 schools) use PharmCAS.

The PCAT consists of 6 sections:

  • verbal
  • biology
  • chemistry
  • reading comprehension
  • quantitative reasoning
  • a written essay

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