Missouri State University

Prerequisites

Master of Science - Physician Assistant Studies

  1. Pre-Professional Prerequisites:
    1. Life Sciences (14 semester hours minimum) 
      1. Must include courses (8 semester hours total) in anatomy and physiology at the pre-med level or for science majors, preferably as separate, upper division courses with lab. Courses in human anatomy and human physiology are preferred. 

        MSU courses that would fulfill this requirement: *BMS 307 & *BMS 308 (*strongly preferred). 

      2. Must include a course in microbiology (3 semester hours minimum), preferably with a lab.

        Missouri State University courses that would fulfill this requirement: BIO 210 or *310 (*preferred)

        Additional courses to strengthen the application include:  Cell biology, cell physiology, embryology, endocrinology, histology, virology, immunology, molecular biology, neurobiology, bacteriology, pathophysiology, and epidemiology.

        Missouri State University courses that would fulfill this recommendation: BIO 320, BIO 511, BIO 520, BMS 230, BIO 235, BMS 321, BMS 521, BMS 524, BMS 525, BMS 529, BMS 561, BMS 585.

      3.    Must include a course (3 hours minimum) in human or general genetics
           MSU courses that would fulfill this requirement: *BMS 230 or BIO 235 (*preferred).

    2. Chemistry ( 12 semester hours minimum)
      1. Must include the complete sequence (2-3 semesters) of general chemistry at the pre-med level or for science majors, including lab.

        Missouri State University courses that would fulfill this requirement: CHM 160, 170, (CHM 161 and 171, labs)

      2. A course in organic or *biochemistry is also required.

        Missouri State University courses that would fulfill this requirement: CHM 200, CHM 342, *CHM 352 (*preferred).

    3. Statistics (3 semester hours)
      1. One introductory course in statistics.

        Missouri State University courses that would fulfill this requirement: MTH 340, ECO 308, SOC 302, PSY 200, QBA 237, BIO 550

    4. Social Sciences (6 semester hours minimum)
      1. Must include a course in general or introductory psychology.

        Missouri State University course that would fulfill this requirement: PSY 121

      2. Additional courses may include: developmental psychology, abnormal psychology, sociology, health care ethics or death and dying.

        Missouri State University courses that would fulfill this requirement include, but are not limited to: PSY 304, PSY 350, PSY 363, PSY 380, PSY 441, SOC 150 or 160, GER 350, PHI 513. (*The list of Missouri State University social science courses that may fulfill the "additional course" requirement is not exhaustive, but representative.)

For All Academic Prerequisite Course Work

**A grade of C or higher must be earned in each of the above courses.

* * CLEP examination or advanced placement credit may not be used to meet any of the above requirements, unless a comparable number of credits in advanced courses in the discipline have been completed.

* *Due to the rapid evolution of the basic sciences, preference may be given to applicants who have completed their pre-professional prerequisite courses during the five years prior to applying to the program, particularly those with strong recent science work.

**Additional life science, chemistry, and social science courses (listed above) beyond the minimum will strengthen the application.

**Contact the Department for additional information.

Recommended Prerequisites/Proficiencies

  1. It is recommended that applicants complete at least 24 hours of PA shadowing experience by the time the CASPA application is submitted.  Prior clinical employment may satisfy this recommendation if it included frequent interactions with practicing PA's.  Shadowing is not counted as clinical experience hours and the PA program does not provide referrals for shadowing. To find shadowing opportunities, contact local health providers or visit PA Shadow Online (http://pashadowonline.com/).
  2. A course in medical terminology is strongly recommended for applicants who are not health professionals or for any applicant not confident of their ability in this area.  Self-study courses are appropriate. (no transcript record/grade for medical terminology is required).

    Missouri State University course that would fulfill this recommendation: LLT 102

    **Textbooks for self-study are available at many university bookstores or on-line.

  3. Proficiency in basic computer skills (word-processing, spreadsheets, data bases, Internet searches, E-mail) is expected of all entering students as the curriculum will incorporate the use of computer technology.  Additionally, it is recommended that all students in the program have computer access to the Internet available at home.