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Pre-Physician Assistant Suggested Program of Study

The following program is not required, but is highly recommended by your Pre-Health Advisors.  This program meets the entrance requirements for the vast majority of physician assistant schools as well as the general education requirement here at WKU.  You should however, consult with your advisor about your individual situation, especially concerning your major and minor course of study.

Note:  This is merely a suggested course of study, your actual program can be tailored to your needs and interests, consequently the timing of these courses may vary significantly from the table below.

Year Biology Chemistry Math Physics Cat. A (12 Hrs.) Cat. B (9 Hrs.) Cat. C (9 Hrs.) Cat. E (3 Hrs.) Cat. F (2 Hrs.) General Elective
Fr. 1st Sem.

 BIOL 120 (3)

BIOL 121  (1)

CHEM 120 (3)

CHEM 121 (2)

MATH 117(3)

  ENG 100  (3)          
Fr. 2nd Sem.

BIOL 122  (3)

BIOL 121  (1)

 CHEM 222 (3)

CHEM 223 (2)


 COMM 145 (3)

or Elective

 HIST 101 or 102 (3)

So. 1st Sem.

BIOL 224  (3)

BIOL 225  (1)

CHEM 340 (3)

CHEM 341 (2)


CHEM 314 (5)

MATH 183 (3)


BIOL 382 (3)


Foreign Lang. 102 (3)

So. 2nd Sem.

 BIOL 226 (3)

BIOL 227  (1)


ENG 200 (3)

 PSYS/PSY 100 (3)

  or Elective   or Elective  

Jr. 1st Sem.

 BIOL 321 (4)


BIOL 131  (4)

 @            or Elective    or Elective PSYS/PSY 220 (3)
 Jr. 2nd Sem.

 BIOL 330 (Fall Only) (3)


BIOL 231  (4)

@     ENG 300  (3)   or Elective

SOCL 100  (3)

    AH 290 (2)
Sr. 1st Sem.  *  @        or Elective         
Sr. 2nd Sem.  *  @         or Elective    or Elective    or Elective  

  * Check with your advisor concerning additional biology courses to complete a major or minor.  Courses that will assist in your first 2 years of physician assistant school include:  BIOL 319/322 (Cell Biology), BIOL/CHEM 446/447 (Biochemistry), BIOL 327 (Genetics), and BIOL 324 (Histology).

@ Completing Quantitative Analysis CHEM 330 will give you a minor in Chemistry.  Adding CHEM 342/343 (Organic Chemistry II) and CHEM 412 (Physical Chemistry), should give you a major in chemistry. Check with your advisor concerning courses to complete a major in chemistry. 

Summers can be used to spread this coursework.  Courses offered regularly in summer include BIOL 120/121; BIOL 122/123; BIOL 224/225; CHEM 120/121; CHEM 222/223; MATH 116 and 117, and many general ed courses. You should also maximize your experiences working in a health setting during the summers, including both PA and MD shadowing. You can earn biology credit (up to three hours of BIOL 369) for these experiences. Internships and research credits (BIOL 399) may not exceed 3 credits (6 if you are a 525 biology major).

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 Last Modified 6/11/15