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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 online course from universalclass.com Either Medical Terminology 101 OR Medical Terminology 201 will meet this requirement, so long as a certificate of completion is awarded. Once completed, you can email a copy of your certificate to admiss@upstate.edu and we will upload it to your application.

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A course equivalency guide for the College of Health Professions prerequisites is available online. Please note that applicants are not required to attend any of the colleges listed on the guide. Prospective students with questions about prerequisites should e-mail Student Admissions at admiss@upstate.eduPlease identify the program you are inquiring about in the subject line of your email so that we can best advise you.