Pre-Physician Assistant

Note that admissions requirements will vary somewhat by program. Health Sciences majors should work with their advisor to make sure they are taking the correct pre-requisite courses for the graduate programs they plan to apply to.

 

Admissions Requirements

BIOL 111  Integrative Biology: Molecules and Cells 
BIOL 112   Integrative Biology: Organisms, Ecology and Evolution 
BIOL 315  Microbiology 
BIOL 341   Human Anatomy and Physiology I 
BIOL 342  Human Anatomy and Physiology II 
BIOL/CHEM 434  Biochemistry 
CHEM 111  Chemical Principles I 
CHEM 112  Chemical Principles II  
CHEM 231  Organic Chemistry I  
CHEM 232  Organic Chemistry II 
MATH 112  Elementary Statistics 
PSY 100  General Psychology 
SPST 215 
Medical Terminology 

Admissions requirements for PA schools

Course Recommendations

Chemistry 111 and 112 and Biology 111 should be taken during your first year at Guilford because they are pre-requisites for other required courses.

Suggested Activities

Many PA programs require significant amounts (500+ hours) of clinical experience prior to admission. There are a number of ways to fulfill this requirement, including but not limited to work as an EMT, medical assistant, paramedic, CNA, emergency room technician, phlebotomist, etc. It is essential that applicants know the requirements of the programs they plan to apply to. This information can be obtained from individual program web sites or from the online PAEA Program Directory, which is available from the Physician Assistant Education Association (PAEA) for an annual fee of $35. Both the pre-health professions advisors and the Career Development Center can help students find these experiences.

Standardized Admissions Test

The GRE is the standardized test that all students who wish to apply to PA school must take. The exam should be taken in summer of the year in which you plan to apply. For example, if you planned to enter PA school the fall after you graduate from Guilford, you should take the test before or during the summer of your junior year. Note that some PA schools have a spring (January) start rather than a fall (August) start, so you may need to adjust your timing for taking the GRE.

Applying to PA School

Most PA schools use the online application service CASPA. Students should complete the common application, which then distributes the information to the students’ chosen schools. The completed application should be submitted by mid-summer of the year before the student plans enter PA school. For example, if you plan to enter PA school the fall after you graduate from Guilford, you should submit the applications during the summer of your junior year. Note that some PA schools have a spring (January) start rather than a fall (August) start, so you may need to adjust your timing for submitting the CASPA.

Note: As a capstone to the Health Science major, students take Health Science Seminar (HSCI 400), in which students learn about navigating the application process, from preparing the personal statement to interview tips, as well as discuss topics such as paying for graduate school and current issues in health care. In addition, Guilford alumni who are currently in or recently graduated from graduate programs in the health professions come back to share their experiences with you. This class should be taken spring before you plan to apply to PA school.

Questions?

  • Anne Glenn

    Chair, Coordinator for Health Sciences Major & Pre-Health Professions Advising, Coordinator for Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Medical & Pre-Health Studies Program
    School Extension 316.2234