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Prerequisite Courses: Physician Assistant

General Biology I & II with lab
Anatomy & Physiology I & II with lab or one semester of Anatomy with lab and a semester of Physiology with lab
General Chemistry I & II with lab  
Organic Chemistry or Biochemistry with lab
Microbiology with lab
English Composition  
English Elective
Medical Terminology (0-3 credits)*
Behavioral or Social Science (2 courses from the list below are required)  
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Cultural Studies
  • History
  • Anthropology
  • Political Science
  • Economics
  • Government
  • One biology and one chemistry course need to be taken within 5 years of matriculation into the PA program.
  • Students must complete all courses in the curriculum at SUNY Upstate. Credit from other PA programs will not be accepted.
  • All science courses with the exception of Genetics, are required to have labs.
  • Acceptable grades must be C or better.
  • Accepted applicants must meet Technical Standards for Physician Assistant Studies.

*Medical Terminology does not have to be taken for college credit. Most students take an on line course from universalclass.com External Icon

A course equivalency guide for the College of Health Professions pre-requisites is available online. Please note that applicants are not required to attend any of the colleges listed on the guide. Prospective students will questions about pre-requisites should e-mail Student Admissions at admissfa@upstate.edu .