Western University of Health
listing of approved GCC prerequisites
Algebra - Math 100
Anatomy - BIOL 120
Chemistry - CHEM 101 & 102
English - ENGL 101, 102, 104
Genetics - Not yet evaluated
Microbiology - BIOL 112
Physiology - BIOL 121
Psychology - PSYCH 101
Sociology - SOC 101
Statistics - Math 136
Humanities (i.e. art, music, philosophy, foreign languages, religion) (3 semesters)
Spanish (not required but strongly encouraged
University of Southern California
General Chemistry: CHEM 101 & 102
General Biology: BIOL 101 & 102
Microbiology: BIOL 112
Human Physiology: BIOL 121
Human Anatomy: BIOL 120
Statistics: MATH 136
General Psychology: PSYCH 101
Spanish: SPAN 101 & 102
GRE or MCAT Examination
Applicants are required to take either the GRE or MCAT examination. The examination must be taken within five (5) years of the coursework deadline of June 30, 2011. Official scores of the General and Analytical sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) must be submitted to USC by using the Institutional Code 4852 (departmental code is not necessary). Applicants with MCAT scores must provide their AAMC verification code to the USC PA Program. GRE or MCAT scores must be submitted by December 1, 2010.
The USC Graduate School requires that applicants earn a combined Quantitative and Verbal GRE score of no less than 1,000.
Hands-on, patient care clinical experience is preferred. Successful applicants often have worked as one of the following: emergency medical technician, licensed vocational nurse, medical technologist, military medical corpsman, paramedic, psychiatric technician, radiologic technician, respiratory therapist, registered nurse, or medical assistant (back office). Other health care experience is equally acceptable as long as the clinical experience is hands-on in nature. It is important that PA applicants are familiar with medical care environments, have experience working with patients, and have shadowed a PA.
Community Service Activities
Community service activities/projects are required of all applicants. Service which benefits medically underserved or disadvantaged groups is highly desirable as the USC Primary Care PA Program has a commitment to training its students as primary care providers with these populations.
Letters of Reference
Three (3) letters of reference are required. Reference letters should not be from personal friends or family members. Letters of reference must be submitted directly to CASPA and postmarked on or before December 1, 2010.
After an initial screening and assessment of applications, a portion of the applicants are invited for an interview. Interviewees are required to bring a passport-size photo I.D. Interviews typically are conducted in Alhambra between early fall and early spring.
Health Requirements and Technical Standards
All accepted candidates are required to meet the PA Program’s Technical Standards (physical and psychological competencies of performance) prior to entering the Program and throughout training. Upon acceptance, students will be required to submit and maintain evidence of current health status and immunizations. Students are also required to maintain University-approved health care insurance coverage while enrolled in the Program. The University offers a health plan.
UC Davis - School of Medicine
An associate degree or the equivalent (90 quarter units/60 semester units of college credit completed at an accredited college or university) is required prior to application. Coursework may be taken at an accredited community college; however, vocational, trade or technical school courses will not satisfy the program's educational course requirement.
Microbiology - BIOL112,
Human Anatomy with lab - BIOL 120
Human Physiology with lab - BIOL 121
English - ENGL 101
General Psychology - PSYCH 101
Algebra - MATH 100 or 103 or 136
Cultural Anthropology or Sociology - ANTHRO 102 or SOC 101
*Chemistry - CHEM 110 or 101
*This course may be taken at the high school level.
Certain types of clinical experience are more highly valued by the program than others. Broader experience with a variety of patients across the lifespan in a variety of situations and settings is considered stronger experience than narrowly focused technical experience.
A minimum of two years direct (hands-on) patient care experience is highly recommended. Some examples of positions providing this experience are:
- Medical Assistant (back office)
- Respiratory Therapist
- International Medical Graduate (IMG)
- Physical Therapist
The above list is just a small sample of healthcare occupations and in no way indicates that your profession would be excluded from consideration.
Charles Drew University
BIOL 120, 121, 101, 112
CHEM 101, 102, 105, 106
MATH 100 or 102 or 103
ENGL 102 or 104
HIST 110 or 111 or 117 or 118
POL S 101
Schools That Offer Physician Assistant
|Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
|Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California
|Riverside County Regional Medical Center/Riverside Community College
|Samuel Merrit College
|San Joaquin Valley College
||A, B, M
||(559) 651-2500 ext. 351
|Stanford University School of Medicine
||C,, A, M
|Touro University - California College of Health Sciences
|Western University of Health Sciences
*Charles Drew PA program has been discontinued. They are currently in the process
of reviewing the program and re-opening it however the soonest that would take place
would be Fall 2015 or Fall 2016.
C - Certificate of Completion
A - Associate's Degree
B - Bachelor's Degree
M - Master's Degree
Note: prerequisites for these programs may be different. Please contact these schools to clarify their requirements.
Additional information about the physician assistant profession is available at:
American Academy of Physician Assistants
Physician Assistant Education Association
California Academy of Physician Assistants
Advance for Physician Assistants (a peer-review journal, with information on salaries and career development)
National Association of Physician Assistants
Riverside Community College and Riverside County Regional Medical Center
Riverside Community College Prerequisite
|Riverside Community College
||Suggested GCC courses
|Anatomy and Physiology
||AMY 2A & 2B
||BIO 120 & 121
||PHY 10 & 11
|Sociology or Cultural Anthropology
||SOC 1 or ANT 2
||SOC 101 or ANTHRO 102
||MATH 101 or higher
Recommended: Medical Terminology
Clinical Experience Requirements
A minimum of 2,000 hours of paid "hands-on" patient care experience in the disciplines of medicine, nursing or allied health is required. Volunteer experience will not fulfill the patient care experience requirement.
Loma Linda University
The following elements are required when applying:
- Completed application through CASPA.
A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
- In order to be eligible for admission, your bachelor's degree must be completed by December 31 for the school year starting the following September.
Complete your bachelor's degree by December 31, 2008 in order to be eligible for the September 2009 class.
- Documented patient care experience. (2000 hours)
- All diplomas and transcripts must be from accredited institutions.
- An overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above and a science GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale.
- C- grades or lower are not transferable for credit.
|Loma Linda University
||Suggested GCC courses
|*Introduction to Chemistry
||CHEM 101 and 102
|*General Sociology or Cultural Anthropology
||SOC 101 or ANTHRO 102
*English Composition and Literature
(one academic year)
ENGL 101 and 102