Pre-Physician Assistant Information

The exercise and movement science program in the department of kinesiology prepares you for admission into a physician assistant (PA) graduate program. 

The exercise and movement science program is a 125-hour comprehensive degree with a core of exercise science/human performance classes and a pre-professional option area comprised of courses that are required for admission to PA graduate programs.

Courses specific to preparation for Physician Assistant programs

  • Chemistry I CHM 160/161
  • Chemistry II CHM 170/171
  • Biology I BIO 121
  • Microbiology BIO 310
  • Genetics BMS 231 Genetics with lab or BIO 235 Genetics
  • Physics I PHY 123
  • Human Anatomy BMS 307
  • Human Physiology BMS 308
  • Organic Chemistry I CHM 342/344 (with lab)
  • Biochemistry CHM 352/353 (with lab)
  • Abnormal Psychology PSY 304 Abnormal Psychology
  • Lifespan Development CFD 155

Universities often suggest additional classes as “suggested electives,” such as immunology. Therefore, you should review admission requirements for each school that you are considering, and plan to schedule any additional class that you may need.

Helpful websites

Consult these websites for information on the field of physician assistant.

Work experience

Many physician assistant schools require or recommend that you have paid experience as a health care provider prior to admission.

The requirement ranges from 800 to 2,000 hours of experience. Some students choose to acquire EMS (paramedic) or Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) certification (usually programs offered by community colleges) and paid employment in those positions.

Some work as techs in hospitals (emergency room techs), in nursing homes, for home health organizations, etc.