||Integrative Biology: Molecules and Cells
||Integrative Biology: Organisms, Ecology and Evolution
||Human Anatomy and Physiology I
||Human Anatomy and Physiology II
||Chemical Principles I
||Chemical Principles II
||Organic Chemistry I
||Organic Chemistry II
Admissions requirements for PA schools
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.
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.
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.
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.